Ministries at First UMC

Check out what ministries we have a hand in here at First UMC

Altar Guild

This ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the sanctuary. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Members will frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary and are tasked with Easter Lily and Christmas Poinsettia placements as well.

Bike Ministry

Our bike ministry meets on Monday nights at 5 PM to clean, work on, and fix bikes that have been donated to the ministry. Once the bikes have been fixed the are donated to various organizations for kids who do not have a bike, homeless people in the area that need a form of transportation, and the like. In November 2018, around 80 bikes were given to toys for tots from this ministry!

Card Ministry

The Card Ministry at First UMC writes cards each week to people that are on our prayer concerns list. If you have a way with words, have a spiritual gift of encouraging words, and/or just like to write letters this ministry is for you. Please join our team and help us love on some of those that may need it the most.

Choir

The choir at First UMC, under the direction of our choir director Laurie Frank, is one our treasures that we love to share every Sunday morning. Practices are typically every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM. Sunday mornings they gather at 10:30 AM to warm up, dress, and prepare for the Sunday service. There is always room for more in the choir and what a joyful sound we are sure you will help make when you join in.

Children's Church

Children’s church is designed to provide an engaging worship experience for Preschool (3 and 4-year-old) and Elementary (Kindergarten- 5th grade) aged children. Children gather with their families in the sanctuary (activity bags provided in the Narthex) at the 10:55 am and join in the beginning of the Order of Worship. After Children’s moment, they are dismissed to participate in Children’s church under the direction of Lydia Thornton (director of Children’s ministry) and volunteers. The goals of Children’s church are to provide children with the opportunity to praise and worship through singing scripture-based music, the formation of spiritual friendships, and the learning of God’s word. Currently, we are using the Seedbed Curriculum entitled Trackers of Truth.

*Every person who works with children at First UMC has had a background check (Safe Sanctuary compliant) and has a deep desire to share God’s love with children.

Children's Handbell Choir

A handbell choir provides our children with an additional worship experience through music at First UMC. Children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade practice on Wednesday and some Sunday mornings during Children’s church for performances which occur during the 10:55 am service.


*Every person who works with children at First UMC has had a background check (Safe Sanctuary compliant) and has a deep desire to share God’s love with children.

First Friends

Wednesday programming provides a midweek opportunity for children and volunteers to come together for fellowship, fun, and Bible teaching. Children are picked up from school by volunteers and brought to First UMC where they are provided time to work on homework, enjoy a snack, and activities related to the Bible lesson. Following First Friends, a family night supper is provided for a minimal charge. Families are encouraged to stay for further fellowship.

*Every person who works with children at First UMC has had a background check (Safe Sanctuary compliant) and has a deep desire to share God’s love with children.

Greeter

Greeters are the wonderful people who you see outside the sanctuary with the ushers on Sunday morning. They pass out bulletins, offer a smile, and greet everyone as they arrive for the service.

Home bound Communion

Every first Sunday of the month at First UMC we have communion in our main service. Baskets are made, filled with bread and juice, prayed over and are then taken to home bound members by volunteers after the service. This is a great way to minister to our home bound community and show them some love.

Manna House

The Manna House is a soup kitchen in the Brunswick area that is open 7 days a week for lunch and is managed by volunteers who serve thousands of free meals every month. Every 3rd Friday of the month we have a crew that cooks for people who arrive at the Manna House. We would love to have you join our crew to help serve cook and serve food.


We get there shortly after 9 am to prepare and cook the meal. Lunch serving begins at 11:30 and continues till 1 pm. Afterwards we clean up to make it all ready for the next day. Many of our volunteers come only for part of the morning, either to help prepare or to serve.  For cleanup we let the men do the mopping and the women clean the kitchen and the tables. 

Monday Morning Coffee

Every Monday morning we have doughnuts and coffee available for Glynn Academy students and staff as they head in to school. Volunteers help man the welcome center to welcome in students from outside, offer them coffee and doughnuts, and interact with the students. Volunteers are on a rotation schedule and meet at the church at 7 AM, each team works alongside a staff member as well.

Nursery

At First UMC we offer both a baby (newborn to 18 months) and toddler nursery (18 months – 3 years) during all worship services and church wide events. Two paid nursery workers Amanda Bennett (baby nursery) and Jackie Aguirre (toddler nursery), offer a kind, friendly and caring atmosphere for your children. Volunteers support Amanda and Jackie in their ministry. Parents sign their child in and are given a pager in case their child needs them.

*Every person who works with children at First UMC has had a background check (Safe Sanctuary compliant) and has a deep desire to share God’s love with children.

Security Team

Our security team is in charge of making sure all is well during our main church service.

United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men meet just about every third Saturday for breakfast. After breakfast and short meeting they complete various projects around the church. Throughout the year the UMM will help the church look great as well as man fundraisers for various other ministries.

United Methodist Women

At First UMC we hold our United Methodist Women circles close to our hearts. We have 4 different groups of women that meet monthly at various days and times. These groups gather to fellowship, study, and love on the community. There is always a gathering of supplies for various projects by these women. All women are welcome to join a circle to get involved! Please click the button below to gain access to more information about the four different circles and the ways our UMW have been involved with various ministries in the past.

Usher

Our ushers here at First UMC take care of many things throughout the main church service. They pass out bulletins, greet people as they arrive, handle the offering, help you to a seat, and assist with communion among many other things.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is an exciting summer tradition at First UMC that takes place the last full week in June, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM. Group Publishing Curriculum provides high interest Bible teachings for children who have completed Kindergarten through children who have completed 5th grade. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to grow spiritually, worship and make new friends in at VBS!

*Every person who works with children at First UMC has had a background check and has a deep desire to share God’s love with children.

Violin Classes

Wednesdays at 4:30 PM we have a violin class for 4th and 5th graders led by our very own Chris Smith with assistance from V.C. Johnson and Kelly Zachry. Children who begin classes receive a violin and weekly instruction to learn the beginning skills to play this beautiful instrument.

Wednesday Night Supper Teams

Wednesday nights during the school year we have weekly dinners open to the community to have dinner for $6 a plate. Dinners are prepped and cooked by a rotation of teams that work along side Marianna and Barry Cooper to make the delicious dinners we share who comes on Wednesdays. We would love to have you join a team and help create some delicious food!

If you would like to come to a Wednesday dinner, we ask that you send in a reservation to us by the Monday prior to the Wednesday you would like to join us. This will help ensure we have enough food for everyone.

Wonderful Wednesdays

Each summer we invite the children of First UMC to join us for our Wonderful

Wednesdays in June and July from 10 AM to 1 PM. This time spent together enables the children to get to know each other, me (Lydia Thornton, director of children’s ministry) and the volunteers in a less structured and more intimate environment. All activities are planned for children that have completed Kindergarten up to those that have completed 5th grade. We meet at the church at 10 AM prior to each event. Please bring a towel and pack a sack lunch.

Youth Sunday Dinners

Sunday nights throughout the year our youth group gathers together. We have dinner, games, worship, and a time of teaching. The youth would love to offer anyone the chance to try a new recipe on them, bring a fan favorite, or just pizza. We all know that as United Methodists that food is a big part of any special gathering and fellowship and that is why it is a component for our youth group as well. A time of gather around the table offers a time of getting to know each other and different kind of fellowship that you just do not really get without food.

Youth Adult Volunteer

In today's time the youth have many points of stress in their every day life. Being a youth volunteer gives a chance to offer the youth who come to youth events someone who is there for them to support them and assist with wading through life. You do not need a degree or a special certification to be present for someone and you don't always have to know what to say. Your presence means the most and by being there it shows that you care and that can mean the world to many of the youth in our group. We would love to have you join us sometime!