Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of First United Methodist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. First UMC members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.

Mission & Outreach Team exists to provide resources and make a difference in the lives of those in our church community and beyond.

Meeting monthly the team promotes a “Make-a-Change” offering benefiting local non-profits or disaster relief. Mission efforts internationally have assisted with schools and supporting missionaries. Other projects may include the adoption of a family at Christmas, promoting a “Shepherds Tree,” providing a meal for R5 students, coordinating Share Feast activities, and collections for the Food Bank. We partner with our own Village of Faith ministries in supporting the Parade of Lights float and the Fall Harvest community celebrations. Funding for these ministries comes from the annual church budget, holding a chili cook-off and silent auction each winter, and member donations.

Family & Youth Ministries

Children and youth are nurtured and supported here and treated as vital members of our faith family. Through worship, sunday school, mission outreach, study and discipleship, our young people have opportunities to be heard and to lead. This is also an area where our members can practice their spiritual gifts by mentoring and donating their time. 

Music

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music ministry through either our praise band or church choir. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of FUMC, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Greeters & Ushers

The usher & greeter team at FUMC fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of FUMC. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website. We also maintain an active Facebook for additional church communication.

United Methodist Women

The UMW of this faith family meets regularly to educate themselves on global issues and gives generously to a number of causes. They craft and lunch together throughout the week to prepare for their Holiday House Bazaar each year, where proceeds directly benefit our Grand Valley community as well as international causes.