Ways To Serve

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

We believe the light of Jesus shines most brightly when God-given time and talents are shared in service to others. No one is too young or too old to serve through our ministries on our campus, in our community, and around the world. Learn more about how you can volunteer to assist others with the support that they need.

Ministry Areas

Congregational Care and Hospitality Ministries

Congregational Care and Hospitality Ministries provide love and support during the joys and trials of life.

Prayer Team
First UMC believes in the power of prayer and we have a dedicated team of laity who receives prayer requests and then prays for those concerns in their own time and way. 
Prayer Blanket Ministry
This ministry makes sewn or knit prayer blankets to those going through a difficult time who would be comforted by prayer they could literally wrap themselves up in.  The volunteers provide the blankets to Pastor Beth who coordinates getting the blankets to those who ask for one.
Faithful Friends Team
Provides care such as visits, calls and cards to those who are no longer able to come to church due to health and/or mobility issues. 
Meal Team
Provides meals for the sick or grieving.
Family Life Team
Provides hospitality for various church-wide events throughout the year. They also care for families who have lost a loved one by providing funeral/memorial service receptions in our Fellowship Hall. 
Sunday Transportation Ministry
This ministry provides transportation  to worship on Sundays  for members of our faith family in Senior Living communities around Gainesville.  Driving our church bus  requires a CDL, but you can also use your own vehicle.
Sunday Hospitality Team
This team provides refreshments and a smile after Sunday worship. 
Welcome Ministry
This group welcomes first time visitors and provides a follow-up contact after their visit. They also provide a friendly face for First UMC at various community events.
Church Office Volunteer
Assist in the  church office by welcoming visitors, answering the phone, and various clerical tasks as needed.

Mission and Outreach Ministries

These ministries focus on providing for those in need in our local communities and around the world.

Community Outreach Ministry
Community Outreach Ministry volunteers work directly with individuals and families in crisis in the local community. The volunteers  provide assistance with needs such as gas cards, bus passes, eviction relief, utilities disconnection, and a variety of other individual or family needs. 
Metcalfe Elementary School Partnership
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 First UMC.  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.
Monday Meal
Volunteers prepare and serve a meal every Monday at 4:00 p.m. for those who are homeless and/or hungry. 
Family Promise
Family Promise provides homeless children & their families with care that includes education, case management, meals, housing and transportation. First UMC shelters up to four families for a week four times a year. Volunteers are needed to transform classrooms into family "bedrooms" as well as provide meals and other things that help all who are staying with us feel at home.  

Worship Ministries

These ministries support worship held at the church and both adults and children are encouraged to be involved.

Usher
Greet folks, hand out worship guides, collect offering, etc.
Acolyte
Acolytes are usually children in the 2nd - 8th grades. Up to 2 acolytes per service are needed for lighting the candles and carrying the processional cross.
Pew Patrol
This ministry collects the Connection Cards after the service and ensure that the pew supplies are restocked for the next worship service.
Altar Guild
This ministry ensures that the altar and Chancel area is ready for the worship service and includes such things as filling the candles with oil, changing the altar cloths, preparing for Communion, etc.
Offering Counter
This ministry works with the church Finance Manager to count and document the received offerings.
Tech Support
This ministry provides technical support during the worship service in the areas of  the audio system, camera operation, video production, and streaming services.
Worship Arts
This ministry provides alternative arts for the worship service such as drama, dance, painting, etc.

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Music Ministries

Please visit our Music Ministries page to see all the ways you can be involved at First UMC musically.
Contact Michael Ekbladh, our Director of Music Ministries if you have any questions, are interested in joining a group, or want to start one yourself!

Adult, Youth, Children, and Family Ministries

These are ministries with a focus on a specific age group.

Growth Group Facilitator
Lead or help to lead an existing or brand new Growth Group
Special Event Planner or Volunteer
Be involved with special events at First UMC. We have events geared for adults, families, and children. Based on your talents and desires, you can be the big honcho and handle the planning and/or logistics, work on a team planning the event, or simply volunteer where needed for the event. 
Sunday School Volunteer
Help with our children or youth Sunday School programs on a rotating basis. We provide all the materials you need for each class.
Nursery Volunteer
Volunteer to care for our children in the nursery during Sunday School and/or worship.

Holiday Marketplace Volunteer
Help the Holiday Marketplace Group prepare for our yearly missions and ministries fundraising event through crafting, sorting, organizing, or whatever your talent is!

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Questions about volunteering?