Every year, during the coldest winter months, churches from all over our community work to provide a hot meal and warm place to sleep for the homeless men and women of Charlottesville. First UMC’s two weeks for hosting the men will be from March 10th through March 24th. Your help is needed to serve as greeters, shower assistants, an overnight presence, PACEM assistants, kitchen assistants, dinner chefs, meal servers, or just engaging in conversation and fellowship with our guests.

Please review the brief volunteer positions and click the links to be taken to a Google Doc where you can sign up online. The old-fashioned (pen & paper) sign-up sheets will still be available in the hallway on your way down to the Fellowship Hall. We will do our best to keep the online and church sheets up to date – so please feel free to use either method.

As an additional note:
This year, we are seeking a volunteer coordinator to oversee each of the 5 volunteer areas. These 5 volunteer coordinators would be responsible for simply checking in (via phone or email) with their volunteer areas and making sure that there is someone on hand to cover that position every night. Please let Tommy or Virginia know if you are willing to serve as one of these volunteer coordinators.
Welcome Table (Click Here to Sign Up)

  • Meet and Greet Guests & Monitor Smoking Passes
  • Answer Questions and Assist as Needed
  • Time Slots: 5:30pm – 8pm / 8pm – 10pm

Kitchen Helper (Click Here to Sign Up)

  • Refill Drinks & Refresh Snacks
  • Heat Dinners as Late Guests Arrive
  • Help Clean Up as Needed
  • Time Slots: 7pm – 8:30pm / 8:30pm – 10pm

PACEM Assistance (Click Here to Sign Up)

  • Help PACEM staff with the change-over of guests
  • Monitor TV Room, Movie Room, Bathrooms
  • Check out Movies
  • Assist as Needed
  • Time Slots: 6pm – 8pm / 8pm – 10pm

Shower Attendant (Click Here to Sign Up)

  • Coordinate and Maintain the Shower Schedule
  • Monitor the Shower Door and Times
  • Assist with Towels and Toiletries
  • Time Slots: 6pm – 7:30pm / 7:30pm – 9pm

Overnight Presence (Click Here to Sign Up)

  • Monitor Smoking Passes and Door until 11pm
  • Lock Door at 11pm
  • Go to Sleep on the 3rd Floor - You are here if the PACEM Staff need assistance during the night.
  • Set out Breakfast Items & Make Coffee in the Morning
  • Light Cleaning as needed
  • Time Slots: 10pm – 7am

Please join the Friends of Fort Liberté in creating a new community for elderly villagers In the rural community of Bayaha, Haiti. Near the Jericho outpost church, numerous elderly Haitians live without families and no means to support themselves. They live in 8 X 8 foot rooms with no windows, a dirt floor, and leaky roofs. These huts are made from sticks and mud, or with walls made from scraps of tin or an old tarp. We are financing the development of Jericho Village which will have 10 duplexes, a community kitchen, and latrines. We also plan to have fruit trees and container gardens. The unique thing about this project is that 100% of the money donated will go directly into the Haitian economy, buying building products, and employing laborers, masons, and carpenters. This project will put Haitians to work and result in housing for elderly Haitians. Our first goal is to raise $25,000 to obtain a promised dollar-for-dollar match! Be a housing hero to these elderly Haitians and help us make Jericho Village a reality!

A Haitian proverb, “Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li” translates to “Little by little, the bird builds its’ nest”. Every little bit helps. Will you help us build nests for these elderly Haitian villagers?

$30 will pay for one square foot. How many square feet will you help us build?

Donate online: https://www.haitifriends.com/system/causes/give/196

Or by mailing a check (w/ Jericho Village in the memo line) to: Friends of Fort Liberté, P.O. Box 8282, South Charleston, WV 25303



First UMC is now offering multiple opportunities to engage with our community and educate ourselves on issues of racial inequality and injustice. Please review the information below and prayerfully consider your involvement in the activities, events, programs, and educational opportunities that are provided. It is our hope to keep this page updated with events, opportunities, and information that best facilitate our mission in transforming the world through making disciples of Jesus Christ. Please contact Katy Brandt, Chair of our Witness Team, with any suggestions, updates, or corrections. 

First UMC serves the greater community on the East Coast and internationally, through short-term and recurring missions, including Appalachia Service Project, Friends of Ft. Liberte Mission, and Stop Hunger Now.

First UMC members serve in the Charlottesville community in a wide variety of ways, but we are always looking for new ways to demonstrate the hospitality, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. If you have any new ideas about how we can better serve our community please contact Pastor Phil Woodson, Associate Pastor for Outreach and Witness!

Adult classes and programs – Bible study, Sunday school, fellowship groups, small home groups. Being with others through study, small groups, and service is how we connect with others in the church where friendships and support systems grow. Check the Sunday bulletin, information kiosks, and the Focus newsletter for current information.
Men's Programs
  • UMM – United Methodist Men have breakfasts and programs on Saturdays during the year
  • Men Who Shop – contribute to supporting programs like VBS, mission, and special programs
Women’s Programs
  • Bible Study
  • Last Thursday Lunch or "LTL" - meets at a different restaurant the last Thursday of each month
  • Annual Retreat – overnight retreat in the fall

Adult Programs

  • Sunday School groups
To volunteer or request more information please contact Carolyn McGee, our Spiritual Life Coordinator
Youth participate in Sunday school and Sunday evening activities of study, service, fellowship and mission. Adults are needed and welcomed as chaperones and mentors.
  • Sunday School Teachers - There are two youth Sunday school classes, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. A teacher or two is needed for each class and curriculum is provided.
  • Youth Group Helpers - Helpers are needed for Sunday nights from 5-7pm during Youth Group. Helpers facilitate games, lead small group discussions, and more.
  • Confirmation Mentors - Confirmation is currently held every other year and each confirmand is paired with an adult mentor. Mentors provide fellowship and guidance as the youth take this next step in their faith journey.
  • Special Event Chaperones - Adult chaperones are needed for outings, lock-ins, retreats, and to work alongside youth in service opportunities including Appalachian Service Project (ASP).
To volunteer or request more information, please contact Alex Erwine, our Director of Discipleship for Youth & Children.
Pastoral Care – we care for our congregation in many ways, directly and indirectly
  • Homebound Visitors – visit people that can’t get out to come to church
  • Prayer Teams – pray from home the prayers that people share on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings and special prayer requests submitted to the church
  • Stephen Ministry – be a care giver to someone in need of a person to walk through a time in life when they need help. Church provides required training.

To volunteer or request more information about volunteering, contact Rev. Al Horton, Senior Pastor.

Nurture groups care for others in the church through education, programs, and caring ministries.
  • Homebound communion – take communion to homebound members, instruction and equipment provided
  • Letter Writers – write cards to two homebound people each month
  • Martha Ministry – meals for families that are experiencing a difficult time
  • Nurture Team – help plan church activities to nurture the congregation
  • Shepherd Ministry - individuals volunteering as shepherds have a group that they touch base with periodically
  • Christmas Luncheon or Dinner - plan an annual meal, held during Advent, as an opportunity for fellowship for the whole congregation
To volunteer or request more information, contact Julie Marazita, Nurture Team Chair.
Technology – all worship services use PowerPoint presentations and some video requiring someone to sit at a computer and advance slides or start videos. Some services use a sound board and need someone to monitor and adjust microphone volumes during the service. Training is provided. 
  • 8:30 am service
  • 9:45 am service
  • 11:00 am service
To volunteer or request more information, contact Tim Williams.
  • Administrative tasks – regular “shifts” in the office to handle phone calls and help with small tasks
  • Office reception – answer the phone, take messages
  • Church mailings – periodic mailings require many hands to fold, seal, or stuff envelopes
To volunteer or request more information, contact Kathy Berkeley, Administrative Assistant.


We are a growing community!  There are many ways to get involved within First UMC.