We have set aside four weeks in October to intentionally engage the topic of stewardship. Stewardship is about more than simply raising money to cover a church budget. God’s blessing are truly abundant, and stewardship is an opportunity to reflect on these blessings. Furthermore, it is a time for us to note the gifts and resources we have due to God’s blessings and commit to using those to bring God glory as we further the work of Allen Memorial.
In addition to us asking for you to commit a portion of your money through tithes and offerings in the coming year, we also ask that you commit a portion of your time. All of us have gifts for ministry beyond our bank accounts and we hope to engage those gifts in the coming year. Below you will see a list of ways you can serve along with some details about those opportunities. We hope that you will find a number of those opportunities interesting to you.
As you continue to pray over how God is blessing you and how God is calling you to use those blessings to serve God and neighbor we hope that you will fill out a stewardship card and return it to the church office. Sunday, October 28 is our Consecration Sunday where you can bring these cards forward during church. If you are unable to come on October 28 we hope that you will still complete a stewardship card and return it to the church office as soon as possible.
Ways For You To Serve @ Allen Memorial
The chancel choir practices on Wednesday and participates in worship each Sunday morning. If you enjoy singing the choir is the place for you. Please contact Harriett Jordan for more information.
The handbell choir practices on Wednesdays and regularly participates in Sunday morning worship. You do not need previous experience to volunteer with the bell choir. Please contact Harriett Jordan for more information.
We currently have Sunday school for children and adults. Our children’s program has activities for 0-4 years and K to 5th grade. There are two adult Sunday school classes. We hope to add classes for young adults and for youth. Let us know if you are interested in participating in a class or if you are interested in leading a class.
Periodically we have projects that church volunteers can help complete. These projects range from yard work, deep cleaning, painting, to setting up and decorating for special events and seasons.
Our children’s ministry includes Sunday School, Children’s Church, Acolytes, and other special events like VBS, Breakfast with Santa, Corn Dawgs, etc. If you are interested in volunteering or are interested in having your child participate in the program please contact Blanka Gresham.
We are hoping to start a youth program here at Allen Memorial, but we need your help. We would like to have activities for our youth that range from regular weekly activities to special events.
We currently have two United Methodist Women circles here at Allen Memorial. They meet on a regular basis to fellowship, to study and engage in mission projects. If you are interested in plugging into one of these circles, please contact the church office.
We are always looking for individuals who have a heart for staying connected with others. These individuals keep in touch with our homebound members via visits and calls. If you are interested in more information on this ministry, please contact Rev. Roberts.
Our web page and Facebook page are our church’s virtual front door. We are always looking for dedicated individuals to help us keep the information current on both pages.
Our United Methodist Men meet monthly for breakfast and throughout the year they work on projects. One of their biggest projects is the Chicken BBQ fundraiser. This fundraiser helps the church complete needed projects throughout the year.
Office volunteers help with a variety of tasks. Depending on the week, we might need help answering phones, folding bulletins and newsletters or with filing.
Throughout the year, we participate in a number of mission opportunities ranging from school lunches to home repair projects and everything in between. We are always looking for people who have a passion to help and serve others in the name of Christ.
Hospitality / First Impressions Team (Greeters)
One of the greatest factors that affects whether or not a visitor returns to a church is hospitality. We are always looking for people who have a heart for greeting others. We need people to welcome people on Sunday mornings and during special events and help visitors find their way through our facilities.
Oxford College is across the street. We are always looking for individuals interested in reaching out to our young adult neighbors through special projects like our welcome back cookout, study packs and other support ministries.
The Restorers group meets each week on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Their meeting starts off with a time of devotion and prayer, followed by working on various projects in and around the church. These projects range from leaf removal to minor building repairs.
These individuals help prepare our space for worship. They make sure that paraments are out, that candles are ready, and that the altar is set on Holy Communion Sundays. The Altar guild also helps the acolytes get ready for their duties on Sunday.
Soundboard operators make sure we sound good on Sunday Mornings and for other events. They make sure that microphones are out and monitor sound levels during worship.
Sextons are responsible for opening the building on Sunday mornings and making sure the lights and HVAC units are on. Following worship, these individuals turn off the lights and HVAC and make sure all doors are secure.
Wednesday Night Suppers
Wednesday night suppers are great opportunities for us to fellowship outside of Sunday morning. Volunteers for these suppers help with tasks ranging from set up, clean up, buying supplies and cooking.