Serve at FUMCGT
Become a Care Chaplain
If you have a heart for those who are suffering, lonely, grieving, or just in need of a friend, becoming a Care Chaplain might be for you! Here is what being a Care Chaplain might involve: visiting folks who are home-centered on a weekly or monthly basis, hospital visits, helping with funerals at the church, writing cards, making calls to visitors or new members, visiting retirement facilities to see church members regularly, or taking flowers or food to folks in need. The beautiful thing is there is much opportunity and flexibility, so you can find the care niche that works for you and your schedule. If you are interested in becoming a Care Chaplain or have questions, please reach out to Kathy Pena at email@example.com or Pastor Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer in Children’s Church
Have you ever wondered what exactly happens when the children leave for children’s church? Do you wish you could help with children, but not have to teach? Volunteer for children’s church! We’re looking for patient adults to buddy with some of our 5-year-old worshippers in children’s church. Sign up here to be a children’s church buddy: https://bit.ly/3N4zc0g
Volunteer with PALS
PALS (Patience And Loving Support) is a ministry of FUMC Georgetown to our members as well as the Georgetown community. The ministry offers four hours of respite care on Mondays to persons who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The time away also gives needed rest to the spouse or other caregiver. There are many opportunities for volunteer service at PALS. You may volunteer for one or more Mondays each month. Some of the needs are for only 1 or 2 hours. There are positions available in the following areas of our PALs ministry: musician, craft helper, exercise leader, games assistant, a “buddy” to a participant, entertainment ideas assistant (can be done by email or phone), or planning assistant. If you are interested or have questions, contact email@example.com.
Volunteer for the Good Samaritan Team (GST) of FUMC Georgetown
First United Methodist Church of Georgetown’s Good Samaritan Team (GST) consists of church member volunteers that are ready to respond to medical events that occur on our property during services and special gatherings. Medical events range from accidental falls, seizures, fainting, cuts, or other possible injuries. The purpose of the GST is to assist and comfort FUMC members and guests who experience a medical need through the event or until appropriate care arrives. Ideally, GST members will be church members in medical professions (active or retired), first responders (police, firefighters, EMTs), or non-medical professions who are trained in First Aid/CPR. However, the only requirement to be a GST member is to be a compassionate care giver who is willing to respond when needed.
The Altar Guild contributes to our worship by preparing areas of the sanctuary and chancel for meaningful worship. They also prepare the elements of Holy Communion each month.
Ushers provide a warm welcome and assistance to all persons attending worship. They greet each worshiper, whether a guest or longtime member, with a smile and warm welcome to give them a sense of belonging. They ensure each person finds a seat and is given a worship guide for the service; they collect the offering, provide usher guidance during Communion, and support the Pastors in whatever way is needed before, during, and after the service. Ushers serve Sunday morning and during special services of Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter. Teams of ushers rotate during the month under a lead usher.
The Acolyte Ministry provides children in third through sixth grade the opportunity to serve their church in worship. They light the altar candles at the beginning of worship and extinguish them at the end of worship. They assist the Pastors during communion by ensuring the communion servers are well provided with communion elements. They distribute the offering plates to the Ushers and accompany the Pastors out of the worship space at the end of the service. Training is provided.
Scripture readers introduce the scripture beginning with the prayer of illumination and then read the scripture selection chosen by the Pastor. Readers may be adults, students, or children with a desire to serve in worship services on Sundays.
Communion servers participate in worship by assisting the Pastors in serving communion. Training is provided.
A team of creative people that visually interprets the liturgical seasons and observances of the church and may include interpreting the focus of the sermons within the seasons. They enhance the worship spaces to invite a more meaningful setting and help prepare worshipers to be in God’s presence.
Members of the congregation are invited to donate flowers for worship altars in honor or memory that are listed as dedications in the worship guide. The Flower Ministry Coordinator communicates between the florist and donors. If the donor does not want the floral arrangement after worship, it is made into smaller arrangements in vases to be distributed by pastoral or congregational care members during home/hospital visits.
AV technicians serve as a light/soundboard operator or a camera/video operator. Anyone (15 yrs old +) is welcome, and training is provided. Serve on Sunday mornings at any of the three services and occasionally during the year during special events or services during Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter.
The Hospitality Ministry is about reflecting the love of Christ by preparing the way for people to encounter God, and by being welcoming, helpful, and gracious to all, so that all persons may experience true community in worship. The purpose of each role is to offer radical hospitality to all by striving to consistently exceed people’s expectations of welcome and inclusion. Ways to serve in the Hospitality Ministry include parking lot greeters, door greeters, and serving at welcome stations on Sundays and at other events in the life of the church.
This team prepares for bereavement receptions which are offered on behalf of family members so they may have a comfortable setting in which to greet mourners who have come to grieve with them. This team also prepares for other types of receptions, celebrations, and special meals in the life of the church. Opportunities to serve on the Reception Team include preparing or providing food, coordinating catering when appropriate, decorating when needed, helping with setup, serving, and clean up.
Volunteer photographers capture memories and images during ministry events and deliver the imagery to the Communications Ministry team.
Congregational Care includes many aspects of caring for our community and congregation. In addition to home and hospital visitation, we offer support through various life stages and support groups.
PALS Place Volunteers
PALS (Patience and Loving Support) Place volunteers provide respite for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related patients. Volunteers are paired with a participant for four hours of fellowship, devotions, singing, games, crafts, and exercise. This allows the caregivers to enjoy some important downtime and take care of personal errands or appointments. PALS meets on Mondays from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM in the McKinney Christian Ministry Center. There are many, many ways you can serve. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 512-863-2370. Volunteer applications are available in the church office.
Stephen Ministry Team
Stephen Ministers provide confidential care and walk alongside a church member in need. Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors; however, with their extensive training, they are prepared to offer God’s comfort and peace in difficult times. Many of our Stephen Ministers have taken additional training to enable them to participate in the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care Program, an independent, not-for-profit organization that assists service members and military families with practical help for needs they face before, during, and after deployment.
Serve in Children's Ministries
Our Children’s Ministry focuses on helping our children build their faith foundation and develop their relationship with God. Our effectiveness comes as a result of strong parent and adult engagement in the lives of our children.
Serve in Student Ministries
Our Student Ministry focuses on helping our students strengthen their faith foundation and deepening their relationship with God. Our effectiveness comes as a result of strong parent and adult engagement in the lives of our students.