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Volunteering

Step 1: Pray! -- Pray in faith God will show you where He will work through you, as you study the detailed needs in the mission categories below. Ask God to reveal to you where CHRIST WILL BLESS OTHERS through your service to HIM.
Step 2: Be open -- Be open to trying new areas of service. There are many diverse areas where needs exist.
Step 3: Consider Strengths -- Consider your strengths. In addition to spiritual gifts, you have special knowledge, experiences, and talents to share.
Step 4: Decide -- Make your decision. As the hands, feet and body of Christ, do something! No one can do everything but everyone can do something.
Explanation of Areas of Service by Mission Category:

Welcome

Evangelism

Artists paint canvases for gift bags for first time guests. (quarterly 1 hr)

Gift bag preparation filling bags for first time guests. (quarterly 1 hr)

Host homes are needed for overnight accommodations and/or hospitality for visiting church groups or speakers.(as needed)

Special outreach events require set-up, breakdown, food service, and greeting at outreach events; such as Christmas Chancel Choir Concert, Fall Festival, and Community East Egg Hunt.(as needed)

Greeters welcome members and guests on Sunday mornings and at special events. Escort guests to desired locations. (monthly 45 min.)

Ushers welcome, distribute bulletins, assist people with seating, assist with communion, and serve as needed in all regular and special services. (weekly for 1 month, 1.5 hrs/week)

Worship


Hydrate set-up and breakdown includes preparing the gymnasium for worship setting up and removing to storage all chairs and equipment before and after Hydrate service. (weekly for 1 month, 2 hrs/week)

Hydrate technical assistance through using computer software to enhance the worship experience. (weekly 2 hrs)

Acolyte coordinators train, and/or schedule and ensure acolytes are in place for traditional worship. (weekly 1.5 hrs)

Communion preparation includes preparing elements for communion and cleaning and storing utensils and trays.(monthly for 3 months, 1.5 hrs/month)

Traditional sanctuary care replenishing pew supplies, picking up papers left on pews, moving furnishings when needed, and caring for candles. (weekly for 3 montsh, 0.5 hrs/week)

River Church requires setup/removal of chairs, podium etc. every week during the summer months. (weekly May through August, 1 hr/week)

Special decorations team assists Worship Committee decorating for Advent and Easter seasons, and other special events. (as needed)

Chancel Choir members rehearse on Wednesday evenings and sing Sunday in 11:00 worship, a Christmas program, funeral services and other services that feature singing. (weekly 3 hrs)

Instrumentalists and soloists in all services. (as needed)

Drama/dance performers for skits or dance in all services. (as needed)

Food Service


Sunday Morning Breakfast preparation, service, and clean up requires 3 persons/week. (weekly for one month, 2 hrs/week)

Wednesday Night Supper preparation, service, and clean up requires 3 persons/week. (weekly for one month, 2 hrs/week)

Special events hospitality requires food preparation, service and cleanup. (as needed)

Administration


Receptionist assisting in office week days greeting visitors, answering the telephone, and general light office duties.(weekly 4 hrs)

Preparation of printed material helping fold bulletins every Friday and preparing newsletters for mailing once a month. (weekly 1.5 hrs)

Care and upkeep of the facilities and equipment opening and closing buildings after services, weekly updating the church sign, seasonal yard work, and driving the church bus [drivers must have CDL with passenger endorsement]. (as needed)

Win


Celebrate Recovery A new program started in 2015 to address needs of people with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Many areas of need exist in this new effort.

Equip

Education


Adult Sunday School teacher leads classes in the study of God's Word, facilitates spiritual growth, and helps foster caring relationships. (weekly 4 hrs)

Small group leader/team member shares the love of Christ and encourages the spiritual growth of members in a small group setting. Groups may meet in someone's home or on a church campus. (weekly 1.5 hrs)

Financial Peace University is Dave Ramsey's 9 week course that instructs persons in how to manage debt, build wealth, and give as never before, along with much more, in order to achieve financial well-being. There is a kit fee for the course.(weekly for 9 weeks, 2 hrs/week)

** Children's Ministry **


**Please give special, serious consideration**

Children's Sunday School teacher prepares lesson using standardized curriculum and leads lesson for small groups of children preschool through grade 6. (weekly 2 hrs)

Children's Worship leader/team member prepares lesson from standardized curriculum and teaches children in Splash (ages 3-5) and Surge (grades K-4). (weekly 2 hrs)

Nursery caregivers provide loving care to infants, waddlers, and toddlers under the guidance of a staff member. Care begins 15 minutes prior to a worship service and continues until parents return to retrieve their children.(monthly 1.5 hrs/month)

Summer programming allows opportunites for children and adults to volunteer to make a difference in their community. Local service projects are scheduled every week during the month of July. Mid-week programming geared towards families is also offered. (weekly, varies)

Vacation Bible School is a summer 4-5 day event that provides children of the church and community exposure to God's Word and experiences of His love. Team members are needed for planning, teaching, assisting, serving, and food preparation. (5 days, 3 hrs/day)

AWANA is a Wednesday evening program to develop spiritually strong children who follow Jesus Christ. The program, open to children of the church and community, provides games, awards, story-telling, and scripture memorization. Adult workers are needed for supervising, teaching, listening, and serving. (weekly SEP - MAY, 0.5-1.5 hrs/week)

Children's music leaders provide instruction and direction in musical skills and performance to different age groups. Additional volunteers are needed for costuming and set decoration for performances. (weekly SEP-MAY, 2 hrs/week)

Special events require assistance for planning, transportation, serving, supervising, and food preparation. (as needed)

Youth/Student Ministries


Student Sunday School teacher uses standardized curriculum to teach God's Word, encourage spiritual growth, and foster Christian relationships to different age groups. (weekly 3 hrs)

Special events team members are needed for decorating, food, serving, clean-up, or chaperoning for events, such as retreats, lock-ins, concerts, etc. (as needed)

Chaperones/small group leaders assist the youth minister in both regular and special events. (as needed)

Serve

Missions


National and international missions trips for evangelism, Vacation Bible School, construction, and/or medical projects both inside and outside the United States. Travel to the site may be part of the project. Volunteers for fund-raising are also needed. (as needed)

Local short-term mission projects are those that include evangelism, construction, yard work, food preparation, food delivery, and/or medical help in Chilton County. Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Snack Sacks, and Through the Grace of God Ministries are included. (as needed)

Disaster relief team members are trained to provide help following local and national disasters.(as needed)

United Methodist Men


United Methodist Men is a large group fellowship open to men of the church to promote spiritual growth and discipleship. Fundraising and service are integral parts of the fellowship. Annual projects include Pancake Day, Ladies' Night Out, and Steak Night. (monthly 2 hrs)

United Methodist Women


United Methodist Women is open to all women of the church to promote fellowship, spiritual growth, and service. Annual projects include Soup Day, Seasons of Faith, support of Compassion International child, and service to Raleigh's Place. (monthly 1 hour)

Intentional Care


Intentional Care Unit members visit and minister to members that are home-bound or are residing in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. ICU members also direct and coordinate hospitality for funerals. (as needed)

Prayer


Prayer shawl ministry of the Knit-Knacks presents shawls or scarves to people in a life crisis. The shawls or scarves are created by group members and prayed over as they are being created. (varies)

Stockings for Soldiers collects and prepares care packages that include a message of God's Love for deployed military personnel at Christmas. (varies)

Men's prayer group meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to offer prayers of intercession for those in need and to promote Christian fellowship among the group members. All men of the church are encouraged to join. (weekly 1 hr)

Step 5: Make Your Commitment Known -- Communicate your decision by discussion with any staff member, through email or complete the Volunteering Commitment Form below.
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Clanton First United Methodist Church • 207 8th Street North • Clanton, Alabama 35045 • 205.755.0490