The items listed on this page reflect the offerings and ministry programs that happened before the pandemic. What the church will look and function like in the future is not yet determined. Please contact the church office, the pastors, or other ministry leaders to join us, and the Holy Spirit, in shaping and creating new ministries for the post-pandemic world.

There are many ways to get involved with the Children's Ministries here at First UMC. 

  • When we get back to Sunday School
    – A Teacher or Helper for classes with children age 2 through 5th grade. One teacher and one helper required for each class. A leader’s guide is provided for teachers and little preparation is required. Helpers assist the teacher and supervise activities. There is also a need for substitutes and volunteers to fill in when needed.
  • Children's Chapel
     – Planned activity for children age 3 through 3rd grade during the 8:30 am service. You are invited to help or lead a planned activity.
  • Tweens/Youth
    – Adults needed to help supervise dinner and assist leader with group activities.
  • Vacation Bible School
    – One week each summer. There are a variety of ways to share your talents and gifts. You can serve as a small group leader, group assistant, craft leader, or games leader. Or, you can stay behind the scenes and help with registration, snack or meal preparation, and decorations. You are invited to help for one day, a few days, or the entire week.
  • Special Events
    – Adults needed to help with providing supplies, set up, and clean up. Help with planning special events is also welcomed.

To volunteer or get more information for the above, please contact Carolyn McGee.

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 Dave Breslin, Youth Ministry Coordinator.

Music Ministries

  • First Church Choir - Tuesday evenings at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary, contact Kevin White
  • First Bells - Sunday at 11:15am rehearsals in the Fellowship Hall, contact Kevin White
  • Church Band - 9:45am in the Sanctuary, contact Kevin White
  • We are on the search for talented musicians who love to lead praise through contemporary Christian music.  


Behind the scenes or actively participating. Worship services have many elements of preparation and direct assistance; singing, reading scripture, playing an instrument, greeting, or helping serve communion.
  • Singing (First Church Choir, Worship Band, Soloists)
  • Scripture readers
  • Communion Stewards (Prepare the communion elements, bread and juice)
  • Communion Helpers (Assist in serving communion - don't worry, instructions are given before serving  - :)  )
  • Instrumentalist (provide special music)
  • Acolytes (Children and youth are invited to participate as acolytes by lighting and extinguishing the altar candles)
  • Greeters (assist people in finding a seat, help collect offering, and assist with communion)

To volunteer or request more information about volunteering with worship, contact Kathy Berlin, Worship Team Chair.

Nurture groups care for our church family 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 touch base with a few members periodically
To volunteer or request more information please contact Carolyn McGee, Nurture Ministry Chair.
Our pastor, Rev. Alex Joyner, is available if you are in need of counseling or are experiencing a crisis.

Contact Rev. Alex Joyner

Hospitality – this is a welcoming church and it is because people take time to intentionally welcome and greet people, whether those people are members or visitors. If you have the gift of hospitality, there are several ways you can help.
  • Portico Café – prepare coffee and snacks to serve after 10am worship services
  • Greeters – greet and welcome people and are on hand to answer questions 
To volunteer or request more information about how can you serve in hospitality ministries please contact Carolyn McGee, Witness Ministry Chair.
  • Administrative tasks – regular “shifts” in the office to handle phone calls and help with small tasks
  • Church mailings – periodic mailings require many hands to fold, seal, or stuff envelopes
To volunteer or request more information please contact the Church Office.

Our ONE THING MINISTRY for the month of August will benefit our Pack to School 2022 program!

Pack to School provides backpacks filled with supplies to benefit 3 local schools. They are Johnson, Jackson Via, and Burnley Moran elementary schools.

We ask you to please consider donating supplies and to do it quickly! School starts mid-August and we would LOVE to get these supplies into the hands of these sweet children before the first day!

If you prefer, you can also make a monetary donation and we will get the needed supplies! Please write Pack to School in the memo line of checks.

If you are interested in helping deliver the packs in August, contact Anika Winterhoff. 

Suggested Items: 

  • Backpacks
  • Ziploc bags (any brand, sandwich, quart or gallon size)
  • Tissues/ Hand sanitizer/Disinfectant wipes
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencils/ Erasers
  • Crayons/ Washable markers/ Dry erase markers Composition books
  • Scissors
  • Folders
  • Pencil cases
  • Notebook paper
  • Highlighters

Items can be left in the red bins found in the Welcoming Center and Front Entrances.

Thank you in advance!