Check out what ministries we have a hand in here at First UMC
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.
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!
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.
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 is for children aged 3 to 5th grade. Once dismissed from the Sanctuary, during our main service, volunteers escort the children upstairs to our children's wing to have their own lesson while parents are in "big church". Volunteers are on a rotation schedule, are given all the materials they need, and work alongside our Children's director, Lydia Thornton.
During the school year we offer an after school program on Wednesdays for elementary school children. Children are picked up after school and bused back to the church to enjoy an afternoon filled with fun, craft, games, a Bible lesson, and snack. Volunteers fill a variety of spots within this program with the variety of fun that is offered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many opportunities to work with the children at First UMC and in our toddler and baby nursery is one of them! Volunteers are on a rotation schedule for Sundays during Sunday School and the main service and can choose to work with the babies and/or toddlers.
Our security team is in charge of making sure all is well during our main church service.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!