Time & Talents Pledge

We invite all of our members to complete our Time & Talents Pledge card online or to fill out one of the cards that will be distributed at our services and upcoming events. Cards will also be available in the front office.


Our church is able to be the hands and feet of Jesus because of you! So much happens within and outside of our church walls each week to keep the building clean, the services running smoothly and with beautiful music, the children's and youth ministries running, Bible studies available, fellowship opportunities, prayer meetings, and more! Please review the Time & Talents card and prayerfully consider how you can serve others in our church over the upcoming year. Below, you will find a short description for each of the options listed on our card. A member of our church will reach out to you to talk more about how you'd like to serve once our campaign is complete!


Thank you for praying about how you can be an integral part of the body of Christ!


Time & Talent Card

worship

  • Pray for Church - Spend time each week praying for our church leaders, staff, congregation and visitors.
  • Chancel Committee Member - Help gather discarded bulletins from the Sanctuary and Asbury Hall after services and prepare the rooms for the upcoming service by ensuring the correct xxx are on the altar.
  • Usher on Sunday Mornings - Greet attendees prior to 11:00 am worship, help visitors find seats, and collect offering. Usually serve one month at a time.
  • Usher for Special Services - Greet attendees prior to special services, help visitors find seats, and collect offering when needed.
  • Audio/Video System Operator on Sunday Morning - Operate the soundboard or streaming equipment during the 9:00 or 11:00 service (whichever you prefer.)
  • Audio/Video System Operator for Special Services - Operate the soundboard or streaming equipment during special services (funerals, weddings, concerts, etc.)
  • Wedding Director - Guide brides in planning their wedding in accordance with First UMC Wedding guidelines.
  • Greeter for Sunday Morning Worship - Arrive prior to 9:00 am service to prepare coffee and doughnuts and then greet attendees as they arrive.
  • Scripture Reader at 9:00 am - Read the first scripture lesson during the 9:00 service
  • Scripture Reader at 11:00 am - Read the first scripture lesson during the 11:00 service
  • Baptisms - Stand with individual being baptized as a church representative to support the newly baptized.
  • Acolyte/Crucifer - During the 11:00 am service, acolytes carry the light of Christ down the aisle behind the crucifer, who carries the cross, as the service starts and lights the candles at the altar. They are the first to leave at the end of the service as they carry the light of Christ into the world.


Nursery

  • Sunday Mornings - Serve as a volunteer caretaker with infants and toddlers.
  • Other Church Services - Serve as a volunteer caretaker for children on Wednesday evenings or during special services/events


 


Christian Education


  • Children’s Sunday School - Teach a children’s class or help a teacher
  • Youth Sunday School - Teach a youth class or help a teacher
  • Adult Sunday School - Teach an adult class or lead a study
  • Bible Study Leader - Lead a Bible Study on Sundays or Wednesdays
  • Vacation Bible School - There are a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer during our week of VBS, including group leader, snack leader, music leader, recreation leader, and bible study leader.
  • Children’s Worship - Lead Children’s Worship or help with Children’s Worship on Sunday mornings or for special services.
  • Green Street Kids - Teach a lesson, lead a craft/game, or serve as an assistant on Wednesday evenings.
  • Children’s Council Member - This group typically meets once a month to plan and organize children’s activities throughout the year.


Youth

  • Recreation/Games - Leads the games and activities on Sunday evenings at youth group
  • Small Group Leader - Show up on most Sunday evenings and participate in retreats. Lead small group discussions and Bible studies and support the students on a weekly basis!
  • Youth Mission Team - Volunteer on our summer mission trip and mission events that we participate in throughout the year
  • Food Committee - Prepare a meal for the youth group on Sunday evenings
  • Event Chaperones - Show up at our largest youth events and on some youth retreats
  • Transportation - Be willing to haul students and/or luggage to youth retreats or to small group events
  • Youth Council Member - This council meets 3-4 times a year, they assist in planning and volunteer at our largest youth events.

Stewardship

Committee Member - The Stewardship Committee encourages members and friends to invest their time, talents and financial resources in the ministry of our congregation through an annual campaign every fall.

Evangelism

Visit Newcomers - Make brief home visits to guests to our church and newcomers to our community.

Music

  • Soloist - Sing a solo vocal piece (song) accompanied by piano, organ, or other instrument for one of our worship services.
  • Children's Music - Help lead or assist in leadership in one of our graded children’s choirs.
  • Music Committee Member - Serve as a member of the music committee which assists the music director in planning and implementing special programs and events sponsored by the music ministry.
  • Chancel Choir Member - Serve as a member of our chancel choir which meets each Wednesday for rehearsals, and sings for each 11:00 worship service throughout the year.
  • Handbell Choir Member - Serve as a member of our handbell choir which rings one or more Sundays each month of the year, and rehearses each Wednesday evening.
  • Men's/Women's Ensemble - Sing with one of our ensembles during the summer months, serving at one to two worship services each summer with one rehearsal for preparation for each of the services.
  • Instrumentalist - Play an instrument in which you are proficient, either as a soloist or as a member of an ensemble for one of our worship services.
  • Praise Band Member - Serve as a member of our Praise Band during the 9:00 worship service, which meets for practice on Sunday mornings before worship.

Finance

  • Committee Member - The Finance Committee prepares the annual ministry budget of the church and tracks expenditures throughout the year, using best stewardship practices.
  • Special Projects - This group coordinates special fundraising projects that may be needed throughout the year.

Church fellowship

  • Kitchen Committee Member - Help perform a major clean and re-organize the kitchen twice a year.
  • Member of United Men's Fellowship - Meet once a month for breakfast and devotional time
  • Wednesday Night Supper - Serve as a member on this committee to help organize and facilitate Wednesday Night Suppers during the school year.
  • Special Events Committee - Serve as a member on this committee to help plan special events throughout the year, such as fall fellowship, Christmas dinner, Spring fellowship gatherings, and more.

building & Grounds

  • Work Day Volunteer - Help around the church building and grounds when needed.
  • Landscaping - Volunteer to help with general landscaping projects around the church.
  • General Repair Work - Volunteer to help with minor repair work needed around the church.

Missions & Outreach

  • Flower Ministry - Break down flower arrangements used for Sunday worship, weddings, or funerals into smaller arrangements and deliver them to shut-ins or to members who need a little cheering up.
  • Volunteers in Missions - This team works locally and globally with projects large and small  such as, but not limited to building or repairing homes and churches, delivering non-perishable food to areas damaged by hurricanes, fundraising through their annual barbecue sale to support their projects and to assist with various needs within the church in general. VIM is currently partnering with the Local Missions Work Team With their upcoming projects.
  • United Women in Faith (formerly UMW) - A Christian women’s fellowship that develops the desire to help local (CHEW, Hope Station, Pregnancy Center, Soup Kitchen), national, and international missions  meet financial needs through their annual fundraisers (Pecan sale and Peace Lights project). Their reading program focuses on social concerns, spiritual needs, and Christian relationships. The women’s  circles meet monthly and often have guest speakers, communicate regularly with shut ins, and have partnered with neighborhood schools to support their staff with supplies and volunteers.
  • La Estrella - Volunteer at La Estrella on select Saturdays to lead a bible lesson for the children, help with crowd control, prepare/serve the meals, help with pick up and drop off of students, etc.
  • Soup Kitchen - Volunteer at our local Soup Kitchen to help serve meals to those in our community who are hungry and who have no other way to get a meal.
  • Congregational Care - Provide a meal for bereaved families; serve Holy Communion to hospitalized, shut-in, or homebound members; make visits to church members who are shut-in either at home or in nursing facilities; visit the bereaved.
  • Office Volunteer - Help prepare large church mailings for the post office or fill in to answer the phone when the main secretary is out of the office.
  • Hope Station - Volunteer as a liaison between the church and the Hope Station.
  • Flynn Home - Volunteer as a liaison between the church and the Flynn Home.
  • Blessing Box - Volunteer for one week at a time to check on the Blessing Box once or twice a week to ensure it remains well-stocked. Families/groups may purchase their own food or select from the already donate food stored in the church pantry.
  • Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on building projects.
  • Wesley Shelter - Volunteer as a liaison between the church and the Wesley Shelter.