First United Methodist Church holds a variety of worship services each week as well as special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.
The Worship Committee oversees a range of functions supporting these worship services and meets regularly to prayerfully chart our role in building our community of faith.
If you feel passionate about worship and would like to be involved in making special worship experiences happen that touch lives, we invite you to read more about opportunities to serve.
Acolytes are youth members of our church who serve in worship by lighting and extinguishing altar candles at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday morning services year-round. They also assist in baptism and participate in the procession and present offerings at the 11:00 AM service. Acolytes receive special training under the direction of the Pastor. All youth ages 12-17 are invited to learn more about becoming an acolyte.
Our sanctuary, chapel and music foyer are decorated with banners that inspire worshippers and reflect the United Methodist Church liturgical calendar. Special banners are also hung for communion and baptism. We offer opportunities to purchase a banner in honor or memory of a loved one.
Chancel coordinators help create an inspirational worship experience by ensuring that the chapel and sanctuary are prepared with the appropriate paraments and candles for weekly services and special occasions in accordance with the liturgical calendar. The Chancel committee also oversees the appearance of the chancel, pews, and other areas of worship; and maintains with the needed supplies.
Communion stewards prepare the altar and prayer rails for communion the first Sunday of every month and other special occasions including Maundy Thursday and the first Wednesday in Lent. Volunteers meet at 7:30 AM on Sunday morning to do the preparations.
Communion Usher Team
The communion usher team assists the congregation in going to and from the communion rail at the 11:00 AM service and serves communion to those who cannot go forward. Communion ushers are needed on the first Sunday of the month.
Greeters extend a friendly, welcoming handshake to worshippers arriving for the 11:00 AM Sunday service. Greeters are scheduled approximately once every three months.
When a loved one passes away, we often look for a meaningful way to honor the life they lived. Many people find that a memorial gift to the church can be a lasting tribute that touches many lives. First United Methodist Church welcomes memorial gifts as one way to say that your loved one will be missed and their faith legacy will live on in the life of the church. For more information view our Memorial Gifts document.
Our sanctuary, foyer and chapel are decorated to reflect the joy of the seasons and special times in the church year such as Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. We especially invite volunteers to assist in decorating (and undecorating) our church before Advent and after Christmas.
Sound System/Audio Library
Our Sound System team manages the sound system and makes audio recordings of the 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Worship Services. Recordings are made available as CDs to shut-ins or others who are unable to attend worship. Sound system operators also serve at special events.
Ushers carry out a number of duties during each worship service, including welcoming worshipers, helping those who need assistance in seating, and collecting the offering. Ushers receive training on these and other responsibilities.
Wedding Coordinators assist in preparing the sanctuary for a very joyful occasion – a marriage ceremony. They may also provide instructions to the wedding party during rehearsal and are available on the day of the wedding to help ensure things runs smoothly.
A fresh bouquet of flowers is placed in the altar in the chapel and sanctuary to glorify God and in honor or remembrance of loved ones. The Weekly Flowers Coordinator contacts donors and confirms in whose honor or memory the flowers will be given.
Please contact Karen Halligan, Chairperson of the Worship Committee, to volunteer or for more information about any of these ministries.