Serve with Us


We believe the light of Jesus shines most brightly when God-given time and talents are shared in service to others.


Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in getting more involved at FUMC Gainesville? Fill out our Time and Talent Survey and you will be contacted! 


Mission Partners


Community Outreach ministry AND MONDAY MEAL


Community Outreach Ministry (COM) is located at First United Methodist Church Gainesville and is staffed by teams of volunteers on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Based on interviews, individuals in crisis can seek assistance with gas cards, bus passes, eviction relief, utilities disconnection, and a variety of other individual or family needs. Please call the church office to schedule an appointment with COM at
(352) 372-8523.

A hot meal is provided every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for those who are homeless and/or hungry. The great team of volunteers prepares the meals, serves it and clean up the kitchen afterward. A complete, tasty and nourishing meal with lots of love is what's on the menu every week!

School Church PArtnership - metcalfe elementary

Our School Church Connection with Metcalfe Elementary, which began in Fall 2017, has been amazing! Metcalfe serves a high percentage of children who fall well below the poverty line and is a Title 1 school located less than two miles from FUMC.  Right now, over 15 volunteers help in an ongoing capacity doing a variety of things based on their interests like reading to students, helping in PE, testing multiplication facts, assisting with administrative and other necessary tasks. (and there's always room for one more!)

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Family promise

Family Promise of Gainesville provides homeless children & their families with care that includes education, case management, meals, housing and transportation. FUMC shelters up to four families for a week four times a year. Volunteers transform classrooms into family "bedrooms" as well as provide meals and other things that help all who are staying with us feel at home.  

florida UNITED METHODIST children's home

Began as the Florida Methodist Orphanage in 1908 in Enterprise, Florida. The Children's Home ministry now includes residential care, emergency shelter care, therapeutic group care, independent living, foster care and adoption services and community child care center. We support this ministry by receiving a special offering every 5th Sunday in worship, purchasing gift cards for children at Christmas time and responding to other needs as they arise.   


Helping Hands

Helping Hands Clinic is a non-profit organization, independent from FUMC. However, our roots in ministry together run deep. Helping Hands has provided free healthcare to the homeless and those living in poverty in our community since 1989. The clinic is staffed by registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians, and other community service volunteers. Helping Hands also provides food, clothing, personal hygiene items, education classes, psychosocial support discussion groups, and more for both men and women in need. Executive Director, Brendan Shortley, is a member of our congregation and started volunteering at HHC during the beginning years, long ago!


We’ve had a sister church in La Moza, Cuba for many years. Throughout our partnership we’ve provided financial assistance to build a new sanctuary, repair hurricane damage, update sound equipment, and have sent much needed medicine. Our annual support assists with La Moza’s children’s ministry, community meals, and their mission efforts to more rural areas of Cuba.  Our Methodist brothers and sisters in La Moza pray for us weekly and we pray for them as well.  Every few years, a team of FUMC folks go to Cuba to learn about the culture and build relationships. The pastor from La Moza has also visited us in Gainesville and preached, using a translator, during Sunday worship. 




The United Methodist Church designates a number of Sundays throughout the year as opportunities for recognizing and supporting particular national and global ministry initiatives. These are referred to as Special Sundays and most include an offering used to fund the work of these programs. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is one of these ministries which provides critical resources to those in need, sometimes within hours of a natural disaster or other crisis situation.  

Gator Wesley

Although Gator Wesley is not an official mission partner of First United Methodist Church Gainesville both of these congregations work together hand in hand on various mission projects! At Gator Wesley, students are invited into an authentic community that encourages a life with Jesus as they discover who they are becoming, and how they are connecting to their community and to the world.

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