Volunteer Opportunities

At the bottom of this page is a volunteer form.  Indicate your area of interest, and someone will contact you.

Caring Committee

Volunteers on this committee go call on those in the congregation who seldom get out or cannot get out at all.  We invite you to share in the joy of providing friendly conversation and hope to a person living with health or mobility restrictions.

Gardeners

Volunteers maintain the garden beds around the church building.  They weed, replace, and add to plantings as needed.  In addition, they maintain the flower pots and boxes outside the church entrances, as well as some indoor plants.  The gardening team is responsible for overseeing the lawn mowing contract each year.

Greeters

Are you a natural when it comes to greeting people and making them feel welcome?  Members of this team welcome people as they enter the building for worship services or Sunday School.  Once we are back having in-person worship services, we will be looking for greeters.  Volunteers are asked to work one Sunday each month.  

Hospitality Team

Although it is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Perks is the name of our coffee and fellowship time on Sunday mornings.  Volunteers provide simple snacks such as cookies, cheese, crackers, and veggies, while the church provides coffee, water, and paper products.  Volunteers also clean up when the fellowship time is over.  Sign up on the board in the Perks area.

Lay Liturgists

Lay readers assist the pastors in leading worship on Sunday mornings whether online or in person.  Normally this involves reading the Call to Worship, the Scripture lesson, and the Prayer of Dedication.  A good speaking voice is required.  

Music and the Arts Committee

We invite those who love music and the visual arts to join us in volunteering for fine arts events and receptions at the church.  Although these programs are temporarily suspended, the two examples best known are the Advent Concert Series and the Lenten Organ Recitals.  

Post-hospitalization Caller

Post-hospitalization visiting is a way to augment pastoral care by reaching out to support people in their recovery after hospitalization.  This is done weekly, over the short term, in person or by phone.  

Robin Cabin

Built by funds and volunteer labor from our church at the Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center, Robin Cabin is cleaned by volunteers each spring.  This prepares the cabin for the arrival of summer campers.  

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers bring Christian care to strengthen church members who are facing large or small life changes, crises, or challenges.  Fifty hours of training is provided.  

Sunday School Teachers

Since we are not currently having in-person worship services, our children’s programing centers on Godly Play. Run by Ms. Julia, the director of Children and Family Ministies, the Zoom version of Godly Play helps our children learn Bible stories.

Once we are back in the church building, we will need volunteers to teach Sunday School and Godly Play.  Volunteers work in 5-6 week sessions September – May.  We continue Godly Play during the summer for our youngest children during the 10 am worship service, so teachers are needed during the summer as well.  Our goal is to give our children a strong Bible-based model for living as disciples of Jesus.  Lessons are clear and easy to read, and all materials are provided.  

Ushers

Head ushers Roger Williams and Dan Bunker welcome new ushers for the Sunday morning worship services once we resume in-person services.  

Wedding Hostesses

No experience is needed for this job except a desire to assist wedding parties on their special day.  If you’re new, you will work with an experienced hostess until you are confident you can do the job on your own.  Rehearsals require one hours and weddings two and a half hours.

Welcome Center

Once we are back in the building for in-person worship, we will be  looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering to welcome people to our church on Sunday mornings or during the work week.  When you sit at this desk, you have a chance to meet new people and live out our mission of sharing God’s love.  You also will be responsible for handing out a small gift to newcomers.  Sign up the poster on by the Welcome Center.

Wesley Foundation

The Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus ministry open to students from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  Several times a year our congregation provides a meal and fellowship activities for the Wesley Foundation.  

Youth Tribe

This is a ministry for young people grades 7 – 12 that strives to actively develop and build a life of faith.  Because of the pandemic, Sunday morning classes are not being held, but Sunday evening gatherings are continuing either outdoors or on Zoom.  Mindful Missions is an important theme throughout the year, and the youth sponsor a monthly mission project.  During the summer, the Youth Tribe, along with adult volunteers, travels to Appalachia for a week of work for the Appalachian Service Project, helping to make homes safer, warmer and drier.  

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