First United Methodist Church of Orlando offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to serve. A description of each is below. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact us and we will connect you with a representative from each group.
- Serve Our Church
- Serve Our Community
- Serve Our World
Serve Our Church
- Audio/Visual TeamThis team serves by helping produce quality worship experiences for all those attending worship and special events. No experience required, just a passion for playing a behind-the-scenes role in worship.
- Coffee MinistrySitting down to catch up with others over coffee in the First Church Cafe on Sunday mornings is an opportunity to build relationships and community. Serve by preparing fresh coffee for Sunday fellowship.
- Communion StewardsPrepare the essential communion elements on the 1st Sunday of each month, set the altar space for Worship, and take communion to members unable to attend worship.
- Flower MinistryEach Monday, the Sunday altar flowers are repurposed and transformed into beautiful small arrangements that are delivered to friends of First Church. Serve by arranging or delivering flowers.
- Food MinistrySundays and Wednesdays are our busiest days in the kitchen. Use your gifts to prepare food for others, wash dishes, collect money, prep food, or help clean up.
- HospitalityGreet your church family, friends, and visitors at the Welcome Booth, around the First Church campus, or in the parking lots on Sunday mornings and for special events.
- Office VolunteersServe by providing administrative assistance to the First Church staff through financial processing, data entry, helping at the reception desk, or assisting with mail-outs.
- Pew AttendantsEnsure our worship spaces are maintained and prepared for Sunday worship.
- Plant KeepersThe indoor plants at First Church keep our space beautiful and our air clean. Serve by watering and maintaining the plants on a rotating team of dedicated volunteers.
- Stephen MinistryStephen Ministers are trained to provide one-on-one confidential care and support when people are hurting or experiencing life’s difficulties.This program is an extension of First Church pastoral care.
- Take Them a MealDuring hectic times in life, First Church volunteers prepare and deliver meals to those in need of comfort and celebration. Serve by preparing a meal for those families in need of care.
- UshersServe by greeting and welcoming people into the worship areas on Sunday mornings or for special events. Ushers also collect tithes and offerings, and guide the congregation to participate in the sacrament of communion the 1st Sunday of each month.
Serve Our Community
- Coalition for the HomelessFirst Church serves a meal to families residing at the Coalition Families Center on the first Monday of every month.
- Community Connection MinistryCommunity Connection volunteers will meet those who walk into First Church looking for assistance and a listening ear. Our goal is to provide a safe place for folks to ask questions and receive direction about community agencies best equipped to meet their needs.
- End Childhood HungerThis ministry provides a food pantry for Wineguard Elementary School and organizes two food giveaways during the Christmas and 4th of July holiday breaks to assist families dependent upon free and reduced lunches.
- Family PromiseAs one of the host congregations for Family Promise, we provide volunteers, overnight accommodations, and meals for three or four homeless families. Serve by bringing a meal, washing laundry, hosting overnight, and more.
- F.A.S.T.Fighting Against Slavery and Trafficking raises awareness about human trafficking in our community and organizes a backpack drive with supplies used by the police department to aid individuals escaping trafficking.
- Feed the NeedVolunteers serve on the 2nd Wednesday of each month by packaging food into boxes to be distributed to four elementary schools, the Christian Service Center, the Salvation Army, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Tuberculosis Shelter.
- IDignityOn the 3rd Thursday of each month, over 100 volunteers assist clients in obtaining their needed identification documents.
- Sewing for OthersA ministry of the United Methodist Women, this group meets Wednesday mornings to work on sewing projects, including clothing for the needy, lap robes, school bags, and more.
- The Open TableThis is an opportunity to serve the youth aging out of the foster care system by providing advice and skills as a table member. Table members will meet each week to help these individuals reach personal goals and guide them as they strive to enter a life of sustainability in our community.
Serve Our World
- Alison Gilmore (Missionary)Counseling with East Belfast Mission in Ireland. Contact Alison.
- Blake Davidson (Missionary)Drilling water wells with Agua Viva Serves in Costa Rica. Contact Blake.
- Faith Project InternationalServes the community surrounding San Antonio, Guatemala. One of the two projects builds cooking stoves that reduce smoke in the homes caused by indoor cooking fires that lead to chronic vision and respiratory problems. The second project conducts vision screenings and distributes glasses. For more information, visit their website.
- Liz and Uli Mannchen (Missionaries)Creatively reaching the least of these with Pick-a-Pocket in Germany. Contact Liz and Uli.
- UMCOR Sager-BrownThe United Methodist Committee on Relief Sager-Brown Storage Depot is located in Baldwin, Louisiana. Each fall, First Church sends a mission team to the UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot. Serve on this mission experience by sorting and packing donated relief supplies, office work, cutting and sewing, or doing home repair in the Baldwin area. The depot is the processing center for Methodist relief supplies coming from churches throughout the United States and subsequently sent to disaster areas throughout the world.
- Zion Children's HomeThe Zion Children’s Home, a ministry of Bahamas Methodist Habitat, seeks to provide a safe sanctuary for the growth of children who have been neglected or abused in the Bahamas — primarily on the island of Eleuthera. Here they are safely nurtured, as they are encouraged in spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical growth.