MISSIONS

Staff Liaison: Claire Smith, Coordinator of Missions and Service

Clothes Closet Assistants

Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9:30-noon. Volunteer to sort donations received at the clothes closet.  Hang clothes on hangers and place on racks in the correct size for shopping by clients.

Construction Ministry

Three or four times a year, we work with Rebuilding Together, House to House Ministries or Habitat for Humanity to make repairs to homes owned by folks who need help.  Sometimes during the week and sometimes on the weekend.  4-6 hours depending on the project.

Emergency and Disaster Response

Training is required and offered when needed. Once trained, you may respond to disasters in our conference and other Methodist conferences to help with disaster relief.  From mucking out a house to rebuilding, we travel from three to five days depending on the distance.

Assist in Fix-it Shop

Every Wednesday, a group of our retired men work in the shop repairing items for church members and building and repairing items for the church.  Once a month or every week.

Volunteer with Local FUMC-Supported Agencies

A variety of opportunities are available, including but not limited it the following:

  • Prepare frozen meals and deliver hot meals for MACOA
  • Construction projects as mentioned
  • Glean the farmers market in the summer
  • Tutor – adults or children
  • Serve meals at Reality & Truth Ministries 3 or 4 times a month
  • Prepare lunch for HIM Ministries once a month and other projects as they are available

 

Assist with Furniture and Appliance Ministry

Assist in physically loading and unloading donated furniture on an as –needed basis

Participate in Mission Trips

Travel with us to work with a mission partner.  Normally a week trip, both domestic and international.  Usually available once or twice a year.  Medical, construction and vacation bible school trips.  Cost is incurred for these trips.

Sew and Grow Ministry

Once a month, eight months a year.  Those who can sew and those who can cut out a pattern and iron.  Making shorts and outfits for both boys and girls who need clothing.

Helper for Pancake Run for Missions

Annual event on the morning of the second Saturday of May.  Work as traffic director, registration tables or water tables. 

Project Captain for Great Day of Service

Lead a project for a group on our annual day of service in the spring.

Missions Work Area

Committee meeting once a month (8 months a year), normally on the first Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  Annual review of agencies who receive financial support from the church and coordinating various projects for the church.

Assist with Family Promise

Provide a hand to homeless families with children by providing food and shelter in Wesley Hall once a quarter. Many different opportunities are available, including but not limited it the following:

  • Set up, Sunday afternoon
  • Provide flowers for dining table and bedrooms
  • Evening hosts (eat dinner and visit with our guests)
  • Take down, Sunday morning
  • Overnight hosts (spend the night)
  • Prepare an evening meal

 

 

OUTREACH

Staff Liaison: Tammy Holcomb, Outreach Coordinator

Pie Deliveries

Deliver our holy spirit-infused apple pies to first time visitors (six times a year)

Visitor Calling

Helpers will be asked to call Sunday morning worship visitors, twice a year.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Staff Liaisons:        

Glenda Argo, Director of Children’s Ministries

Renee Norman, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries

Adrian Borden, Director of Nursery Ministries & Children’s SKX Worship Leader

Serve on Children’s Council

All Council members are encouraged to participate and/or assist with children’s activities.  Council members may take leadership roles for events as they feel called to serve in this capacity. One hour per month, plus additional volunteer opportunities as desired.

Serve on Nursery Council

All parents and grandparents of nursery-aged children are welcome to attend meetings or volunteer to be nominated chair or co-chair of council. We plan events for the nursery and work together to make the nursery the best it can be. One hour per month, plus additional volunteer opportunities as desired.

Teach Children’s Sunday School Class (2018-2019)

Sunday School teachers make a commitment to serve for one year.  A team of at least three teachers work together to prepare and present lessons from the United Methodist curriculum.  The curriculum includes excellent material to help teachers plan lessons.  Team teaching allows for rotation of lesson preparation and provides flexibility in schedules.  Teachers have the wonderful opportunity to share the Christian faith and teach God’s Word to our children. Two hours a week (one hour prep and one hour in the classroom), minimal training required.

Teach Children’s Church

Children’s Church teachers serve in teams one Sunday per month.  You may choose the 8:45 or 11:00 service.  Children age three – kindergarten gather in the Chapel after the Children’s Minute for singing, prayers a short lesson about worship with one of the ministers,.  Teachers escort the children from the Sanctuary, maintain chapel time, teach a short lesson and provide a fun and meaningful craft or activity for the children.  Materials are available for lesson preparation. Two hours a week (one hour of prep and one hour in the classroom), minimal training required.

Lead Songs for Children’s Church

Children’s Church song leaders serve one Sunday per month leading simple children’s songs.  You may choose the 8:45 or 11:00 service.  Time commitment is about twenty minutes per month, preparation time up to your discretion.

Pianist/Guitarist for Simple Children’s Songs

Children’s Church accompanists serve one Sunday per month playing simple children’s songs.  You may choose the 8:45 or 11:00 service.  Time commitment is about twenty minutes per month, preparation time up to your discretion.

Assist with Summit Kids Xtreme – Wednesday Nights

Extra hands are needed to help with fun and energy packed activities, dancing and play for grades kindergarten-5th grade on Wednesday nights. One hour per week.

Assist with ELMO

ELMO provides activities for children in 3rd– 5th grades.  Parents are needed to supervise children and coordinate monthly events, special trips, and snack suppers. Includes Camp Lee, canoe trip, monthly events. Three hours per month, minimal training required.

Assist with Vacation Bible School

VBS is a week-long Bible school with music, crafts, games, and service projects all based on an exciting theme.  VBS is held each year in June.  Volunteer opportunities include chair and co-chair, decorating, craft helper, teacher, group guide, recruiter, bringing refreshments and more. Varying time commitment (from four hours up), minimal training required.

Lead Sprouts Small Group

Sprouts is a 3-session Bible Study during the Lenten Season for children 2nd-5th grades.  The emphasis is on becoming daily disciples of Christ.  Volunteer opportunities include teaching, providing snack suppers, recruiting, and driving for outreach activities. Three week commitment, two hours a week plus prep time; minimal training required.

Assist in Children’s Library

The Children’s Library is a special place for children to sit and read or check out books of interest.  Volunteers are needed to catalog books, create bulletin boards, send donation acknowledgments, etc. Varied time commitment, minimal training required.

Children’s Choirs

We offer four graded children’s choirs for children age 3 by September 1 through the 5th grade. Choirs rehearse on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m., September through April. All of the children’s choirs participate in the Music & Arts Dedication, Hanging of the Greens, Children’s Day, and Palm Sunday services, as well as others!

Choirs are broken down by age, as follows:

  • Joy Choir, 3 Year-Olds & 4 Year-Olds
  • Carol Choir, Kindergarten & First Grade
  • Agape Choir, Grades 2-3
  • Wesley Choir, Grades 4-5

 

STUDENT MINISTRIES

Staff Liaisons:        

Caitlin Eiland, Director of Student Ministries

Matt Langford, Director of Student Ministries

Wednesday Night Refuel (6th-8th Grade)      

Refuel is our small group bible study for 6-8 graders each Wednesday from 6-7. Adult Volunteers to help lead discussion groups, organize activities and games, and promote order. College age students are welcome as well. The time commitment is September-April with a break in December. 

Sunday School Teacher/Helper

Help teach or facilitate a Sunday School class throughout the school year. All classes have four teachers that can choose to rotate teaching or just help with crowd control during the Sunday school hour. The time commitment is August-May. If this time commitment is more than you can commitment we also have an assembly teacher list which you can join.

Sunday Night MYF

MYF is our Sunday night worship service for all students 6-12 grade. We are looking for volunteers to help serve in any way. We have a meal, worship lead by the students, games or activities, a talk given by a staff member, and break out groups. Each week the lineup of events will vary. We need volunteers who can help build relationships with the students, assist with game preparation and execution, lead a discussion group, help promote listening, and be a positive influence for our students. 

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir of FUMC Montgomery is made up of students grades six through twelve. Rehearsals are held in the choir room in Fellowship Building on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  The choir often leads worship for the 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning service, and participates in the Hanging of the Greens service, Festival of Christmas concert, the noonday communion service on Christmas Eve, and leads the Youth Sunday and Easter Sunrise services. They also go on a mission-based choir tour! Past destinations have included New York, Chicago, Savannah, St. Louis, Nashville, and Washington, DC.

Bus Driver

Operate the 15-passenger bus for youth outings and events. This is random throughout the year; days and times needed would vary. Insurance requires all drivers be a minimum of 25 years old.

 

ADULTS

Staff Liaison: Jack Allen, Associate Minister

Facilitate or Teach Studies

We want to provide people with the opportunity to connect and to be cared for. If you feel called to facilitate or teach a study, please let us know. We can help you find material or even a topic if you are unsure.

A/V Technician

Audio Visual enthusiasts are always needed at FUMC. Just let us know if you’re willing and able to help.

Photographer/Videographer

Photography and Videography help us to keep our media presence. If you are passionate in either of these areas, please let us know!

Administrative

We always need help with our church office duties. This can include the friendly face and voice of the church receptionist, helpers to assist with bulk mail-outs or stuffing bulletins.

Grounds Maintenance

If you are interested in helping us maintain the beautiful grounds at FUMC, let us know!

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir is a non-auditioned group of singers who meet on Wednesday evenings year round with a 3 week break in July. We are presently rehearsing from 6:15 pm-7:45 pm. Currently the choir has over 85 registered members. The choir is comprised of people of all musical abilities, from professional singers and instrumentalists to those who have done very little to no singing. You will find a wonderful sense of fun, frivolity and fellowship in the Cathedral Choir. We provide frequent social events such as the Music Appreciation Banquet and our annual Thanksgiving Potluck and Rehearsal. The Cathedral choir is made up of talented, loving singers looking for a place to praise their God and share their God-given talents.

Adult Ensemble

The Adult Ensemble, a group of twenty four auditioned singers, formed in September 1995, to offer singers the opportunity to participate in a chamber choir setting and ensemble.  In addition to regular participation in worship services, the group sings Choral Evensong Services, and other special worship and concert events. The group presented a staged, costumed version of the Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, served as a demonstration choir at a Regional AGO Convention, and has sung for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Adult Handbell Choirs

There are two adult handbell choirs, the Cathedral Bell Choir is a ladies group that meets at noon during the week. The Allegro Choir is a mixed adult bell that meets at 5:45 on Tuesday nights. Both groups play in worship services, as well as in schools and out in the community. Rehearsals begin in September and end in early May.

 

ADULT MINISTRIES

Staff Liaison: Laura Selby, Director of Adult Ministries

Greeting Card Ministry

Cards provided by the church are mailed monthly to members that are shut-in, in a nursing home or assisted living facility.  Most volunteers mail two cards a month and provide their own stamp.  We ask that each card have a short personal note.

Caring Casserole Ministry

Casseroles prepared by the kitchen staff at FUMC and frozen are delivered weekly to church members who have been hospitalized.  Volunteers pick up the casseroles from the kitchen freezer and deliver to members within the Montgomery city limits.  Directions are provided.  This should take approx. and hour and a half.

Visitation Ministry

Volunteers visit church members (3 or 4 per volunteer) that are confined to home or a facility once a month.  Names and facilities are provided by the Visitation Coordinator. There is no special training but some can be provided.  This should take approximately 2 hours per month.

Telephone Buddies

Volunteers call members who have requested a daily call to assure safety and wellbeing.  This is to be a brief call 5 minutes or less at an agreed upon time.  Usually this is for a short period of time.

Hands of the Spirit

This is a ministry to help members of FUMC in the absence of a family member, Sunday School class or other small group in time of crisis with transportation, meals, phone calls of encouragement or other types of assistance as needed. Time required depends on the need(s).

 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Staff Liaison: Gillian Walters, Associate Minister

Joseph Ministry

Providing the family of a deceased loved one with immediate compassionate care, practical knowledge, hostess and usher services, family meal planning and grief support. There are a multitude of ways to get involved, from ushering and greeting to making phone calls and hosting the family.

Caring Casseroles

Congregants will be asked to deliver casseroles prepared by the church’s kitchen to the homes of individuals and families who are going through times of need.

Respite Ministry

This ministry provides fellowship and stimulation for people who have memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, or stroke.Trained professionals and volunteers provide supervision, lead activities, and serve a nutritious lunch. Participants have the opportunity to socialize with others while enjoying a variety of stimulating activities.

Homebound/Nursing Home Visits

Volunteers are asked to care for individuals who are in nursing homes and/or homebound by providing them with a visit from a friendly face.

 

WORSHIP

Staff Liaison: Lillian Gilley, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Minister

Flowers

Flower enthusiasts are always needed at FUMC, whether donating flowers, arranging them for the Flower Guild, or assisting with breaking down and delivering Sunday altar flowers to shut-ins and hospitalized after the service. The time commitment on this varies, but helpers wouldn’t be called upon more than once a month.

Communion

Assist with preparing Holy Communion for both worship services the first Sunday of the month, for Chapel on Wednesday nights, and other special services during the year when communion is served.

Ushers

Ushers commit to one month of assisting during one of the Sunday morning services. Duties include passing out bulletins, collecting offering and of course being hospitable to visitors.

Greeters

Greeters are posted at the entrances to the church on Sunday mornings and for special events. Warm, charismatic people are needed to fill this role.

Prayer

A church this size can never have enough people on its Prayer Team! Opportunities to serve include the following:

  • Participate in Hospital and Healing Prayer Ministry
  • Assisting with or ushering for National Day of Prayer Observance
  • Read and record The Upper Room Devotions for Telephone Ministry
  • Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry (Thursday mornings)
  • Men’s and Women’s Wednesday Weekly Pray-ers Prayer Group
  • Conference on Prayer
  • Pray with someone following the Worship Services
  • Serve on the Prayer Work Area

 

HOSPITALITY Ministry

Staff Liaison: Kate Wheaton, Director of Hospitality

Hospitality Ambassadors

These essential folks are scheduled periodically throughout the year to assist in serving at dinners, receptions, and breakfast events. Ambassadors will greet guests and help serve the buffet, etc.

Decorating Enthusiasts

We need help when it comes to decorating the Fellowship Hall for the Patriotic Hot Dog Supper in July, Tea Party in May, and assist in wrapping cookies for the Hanging of the Greens. Decorations & supplies provided, although new ideas are always welcome! Two hour commitment.

Cashiers

Cashiers sit at the entrance of meals to collect payment for Wednesday Night Supper (weekly), Lenten Luncheons (at Lent), and other seasonal events. One to two hour commitment.

 

ARCHIVES AND HISTORY

Staff Liaison: Lyn Frazer, Church Archivist

Updating the Church History Since 1989

Doing research and preparing PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of church history. This work will eventually be combined into an overall church history update.  Time commitment varies by subject.

Planning for Annual Church Anniversary Celebration

This is the celebration of FUMC’s birthday in September.  Major celebrations are once every five years, and the church will celebrate its 190th birthday in 2019.  No work requirement in 2018 except for planning for 2019.

Assist Cathedral Ministry in Developing Presentations

The Cathedral Ministry prepares church history presentations for groups and classes. The work involves choosing a topic you are interested in, researching it, and presenting it in an interesting way using PowerPoint, if desired.  This work involves a substantial time commitment to prepare and willingness to attend classes and events for presentations. Topics include:

  • Church History
  • Symbols of the Faith
  • Windows in the Church
  • Important events or people in the life of the church

 

Processing Archival Records for Vault Storage

Rehousing and arranging records for archival storage. The time commitment is flexible, one or two hours a week.

Photographing Significant Events

Involves photographic skills with digital phone or camera and willingness to attend scheduled events.  Sporadic time commitment.

Preparing Presentations

Publications (Include “publications” in title). Researching various records in the church archives, writing “Did You Know” articles for the Tower Chimes, and researching, writing, editing, and helping with layout for work area publications.  The time requirement varies according to the project.

Oral History Projects

Conducting, transcribing, and editing interviews with church members about their experiences and memories within the church.  Total time requirement about five hours.

Serve on Archives and History Work Area

Attend monthly work area meetings, participate in discussions, bring ideas for projects. This is a two-hour per month time requirement.