Volunteer opportunities abound at First Church. We hope you will find something that interests you in the list below. Please note that listings are divided between short-term (one time) and long-term (ongoing) opportunities. If you have specific questions about a listing, please contact the appropriate person below. If you have questions about service at First Church in general, contact the church office at 512-478-5684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Team: Sunday Morning Office
- Time Commitment: 2 1/2 hours/month
- Tasks involved: Receving telephone calls, assisting members and visitors with questions, directions, or special Sunday morning needs.
- Contact: 512-478-5684
- Team: Children & Family
- Time Commitment: 15 minutes/week on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
- Tasks involved: Help acolyte get snuffers lit, velcro robes, prepare for service
- Contact: Lara Lee Greene, 512-478-5684, ext. 211 or email@example.com
Ushers & Greeters
The ministry of Ushering is a vital part of the FUMC community. Ushers represent the church in a very visible way, and help set the tone in preparation for the worship service, as well as assist with the smooth operation within the service. It is your chance to make a great first impression, especially to visitors, since you are the very first people they make contact with when they enter our church. Greeting people in a warm and welcoming way makes them feel good about their presence in the church. As an usher or greeter, you will present a warm and friendly “welcome” to people entering the church, help them find a place to sit, and if you are ushering, you may also assist with the offering, counting attendance, and various duties before and after the service. You are normally scheduled at least one Sunday a month. If you are interested, please contact Richard Bettis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A liturgist (reader) can be a lay person chosen by the pastor to read the scriptures or liturgy during worship. The pastor provides you with the readings several days prior to the service allowing you time to become “comfortable” in reading to the congregation. If you are interested in serving as a liturgist, please contact the Cindy at the office 512-478-5684 or email@example.com.
This requires 1-2 hours weekly on a Thursday morning, typically from about 9-11 AM. It is “assembling” the bulletins for the 9:00 and 11:00 worship with inserts and having them ready for the ushers on Sunday morning. If you are interested in helping, please contact Tami Kellberg at 512-478-5684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several opportunities to serve as a steward in our beautiful sanctuary- keeping supplies stocked in the pews (pencils, envelopes, special envelopes, prayer concern cards, etc.) , replenishing the attendance folders, and other duties. It would require about an hour per week or less, if we have several people helping. This could be done following the 11:00 worship service or sometime during the work week. It is a task that should be done weekly in order to keep up, however, if you can only help out once or twice a month, that is great. This is a perfect opportunity for a couple or a family to “help” at the church and be in service to your congregation. It is a simple task but a task that needs to be done. Please consider volunteering your time. If you are interested, contact Cindy at the church office Monday thru Thursday, 9-6 PM at 512-478-5684.
Looking for someone to answer phones and greet people as they enter the office area on an occasional basis, Tuesday, or Wednesday or Thursday mornings, from 10-2 PM, or as your schedule permits. Volunteer weekly, or monthly. Whatever fits into your schedule. If you are interested in helping out, even if only once a month, please contact Cindy at 512-478-5684 or email@example.com.
Overnight Guest Hospitality
Traveling youth or service groups often spend the night in our Family Life Center. The Guest Hospitality Team Member welcomes them and introduces them to the FLC and our use policies. Overnight Guest Hospitality team will receive training.
Time requirement: 1-2 hours per visit
Activity: Unlock the doors, welcome the guests, do a walk-through of the FLC using our overnight guest guide as an outline to introduce them to our space and their use of it. Answer any questions.
Usual Times: Evening hours
Special Event Hospitality
FUMC facilities are used for a variety of events, the largest of which is the Texas Book Festival. We need members on site during these events to help people find their way around the buildings, answer questions, and provide a friendly FUMC face.
Time requirement: Variable depending on type of event
Activity: Welcome, guide, know about FUMC buildings and history, answer questions
Usual hours: weekend days or evenings
Friday and Saturday rental events all need a presence from FUMC members who are knowledgeable about the facility. Might also include hospitality for all-church events such as Wednesday Night Live.
Activity: unlock doors and lock up at the event end. Be available to answer questions about where things are and how they work in the facility during the event. Be responsible for calling the on-call staff member in case of an emergency. Do a walk-through with the renter at the end of the event to see that the facility is in good order. Training will be provided for team members.
Time requirement: Events are usually evenings, Thursday evening through Saturday evening, Variable amount of time depending on the event.