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For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

First United Methodist Church of Gadsden is engaged in service to our community through several missions.  It is our heart-felt desire to be “the hands and feet of Jesus” locally, regionally, and to the ends of the earth.  
We would love to have you come and join us on the journey. 
Are you mission minded? Do you have a heart to serve?  Then First United Methodist Church of Gadsden is the place for you!
Approximately 36% of GFUMC's annual budget supports missions and outreach that goes beyond the walls of our church into our community, across the country, and throughout the world.  

SERVING PEOPLE...Moving us out into the community to serve with God’s love
 ♦  Clothes Closet Team provides free clothing to the community.
 ♦  Mission Team supports missions and agencies in our community that serve others
 ♦  Servant Ministries Team helps us to reach out to our community in new and exciting ways, challenging us to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world.
♦  “Ladle of Love” Teams serve lunch to the hungry each Friday.
♦  The Friends of the ELC Consignment Sale offers quality clothing to the community and benefits the Early Learning Center, twice per year.

Join the Mission Team!  There are many ongoing service opportunities that the mission team works, develops, and leads our church family in! There are more ways to serve at GFUMC!

Email or call today to see how you can join a team or group in one of these areas:
Weekly Soup Kitchen:  Join a team to Cook, Host and Serve on Fridays of each week.
Sponsor a child in the C.L.I.C.K.  (Children Learning in Christ's Kingdom) program.
Quarterly, fill twenty bags with personal hygiene items for 13thplace (a group home for teenage girls).
Gift to Gadsden:  Provide a program each summer offering free workshops to the community taught by our talented and gifted members. which will be July 26th-July 29th.
Maintain a clothes closet which provides free clothing for the community.  
Contribute monthly to Love Center, Manna, Upper Sand Mountain.
Fill Christmas stockings for Salvation Army at Christmas.
Fill grocery bags with food at Thanksgiving for local agencies.
Help fund and work the community Thanksgiving dinner.
Program through GFUMC's Adopt-a-School-Striplin Elementary School

Serve

Ladle of Love

First United Methodist Church of Gadsden's Ladle of Love offers a delicious, hot meal on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The meal is open to anyone and is an opportunity for nourishment and fellowship.
Come feed your soul at the Ladle of Love.
A different team of volunteers serves this delicious meal each week. If you would like to serve on a Ladle of Love team fill out the information card below.

Clothes Closet

First United Methodist Church of Gadsden's Clothes Closet is located on Broad Street and is open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone in need of clothing is welcomed to come and shop in the friendly, store-like atmosphere .
Volunteers serve at the Clothes Closet by sorting, hanging and stocking clothing on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and by serving customers on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. If you would like to serve at the Clothes Closet, fill out the information card below.

Serve in @ Gadsden First  UMC

Use your unique gifts to help build  His Kingdom.

Serve on a Team @ Gadsden First UMC:
Worship Team

Altar Guild
Greeters
Inviting Ministries
Receptionist
Fellowship
Children's Ministry
Youth Ministry
Congregational Care

Caring Angels
Ladle of Love
Clothes Closet
Missions
Generosity

Adopt-a School: Stiplin Elementary School

Volunteer FAQ

How do I volunteer?

Contact the church for additional information about opportunities to volunteer.  There are many teams and committees within the church that assist with worship, greeting, communion, fellowship and social events, and mission and outreach. We would love to help you find your spot! 

How do I volunteer with kids?

One of our main priorities in ministry to children is to provide them a safe, secure environment to learn & grow in their faith. To help us do that, we have adopted a "Safe Sanctuary*" policy, which includes guidelines for who can volunteer with our children & youth and precautions intended to protect against harm or abuse.

How do I volunteer with music?

Our Director of Music and Praise Team Leaders are always looking for new members for our music program.  If you love to sing, would like to join the choir or praise band or play a musical instrument for special occasions, please let us know!  We would love for you to be a part of making a joyful noise unto to the Lord!

How do I volunteer with students?

One of our main priorities in ministry to children & youth is to provide them a safe, secure environment to learn & grow in their faith. To help us do that, we have adopted a "Safe Sanctuary*" policy, which includes guidelines for who can volunteer with our children & youth and precautions intended to protect against harm or abuse.
*Safe Sanctuary Guidelines
All volunteers with children & youth in our congregation:
1. Be actively involved in our congregation for at least 6 months,
2. Complete a background check,
3. Attend a Safe Sanctuary Training,
4. Maintain a "two (unrelated) adult" rule at all times, no matter the size of the group, and
5. Be at least 19 years old and 5 years older than the children & youth being supervised.

Questions about volunteering?

We love to know about your interests and clarify volunteering requirements.