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This is the place to learn about the many ways to get involved at First UMC.
 

Learn & Grow

We offer a variety of Life Groups, where children, youth, and adults can grow in faith. Our quarterly Launch Lunches provide a time for the whole congregation to share food and fun, and get connected with a class or small group.
 
Explore the tabs on this page to learn more about age-specific classes at First UMC.
Ministry                                          All in the Family Leadership Team
Volunteers Needed?                     Yes
Description                                     The All in the Family Leadership Team provides visionary leadership for our whole church, as we work together to equip families to grow together in faith. Contact us if you’d like to learn more or serve on this ministry team!
Ministry                                         Adult Discipleship
Volunteers Needed?                     Yes
Description                                     We offer a variety of classes and small groups for adult discipleship throughout the year. Contact us to learn more!
Ministry                                         Nursery Care
Volunteers Needed?                     Yes
Description                                     Nursery Care is provided for infants and toddlers. Children transition out of the nursery when they are toilet-trained and ready to enter Preschool-level classes.
Ministry                                         Student Ministries
Volunteers Needed?                     Yes
Description                                   Contact us to learn about student ministry opportunities for children, tweens, and teens at First UMC!

Children

WHO: Pre-school through 4th grade
WHAT: “Deep Blue One-Room Sunday School”
WHEN: Sundays, 11:15-12:noon
WHERE: Upper Level Classroom
WHY: Kids have fun learning and exploring the Bible stories with their friends
Children’s classes at First UMC are taught by unpaid leaders who participate in annual Safe Sanctuary training and routine background screening.

Youth

WHAT: SYCAMORE2 Youth
(SYCAMORE2 stands for “Servants, Youth, Christians, and Missionaries Out-Reaching 2 Everyone)
WHO: Students in grades 5-12
WHEN: Sundays, 12:00 noon
WHERE: Lower Level (Fellowship Hall & Classrooms)
WHY: Food, Fun & Faith Formation
Student ministries at First UMC are led by unpaid leaders who participate in annual Safe Sanctuary training and routine background screening.

Adults

Adult Life Groups meet from 11:15 am — 12:noon on Sunday mornings. We offer a variety of short-term and long-term groups and classes to help adults grow together in faith throughout the year.

Serve

Serving God by serving other people is a great way to grow in faith! We offer many ways to serve within and beyond the walls of our church. Here are some examples:
 
Greeters ~ Welcome members and guests and help keep us connected to one another
 
Ushers ~ Assist the congregation and leaders during worship
 
Heart & Hands of Jesus ~ Congregational caregivers visit persons who are hospitalized or homebound and offer extra support for members of the congregation in times of crisis or transition
 
Missions ~ Projects and activities throughout the year serve the underprivileged and marginalized in our community and around the world.

Missions

WaterStep program
 
 
The opportunities to practice compassion at First UMC are endless! Here are just a few ways you could serve with us in ministry:
  • Prepare & serve hot meals at Grace Resurrection Community Center
  • Serve Greenville area families at the Grace Resurrection Community Center Food Pantry
  • Bake cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Donate to financial and material collections for a wide variety of local, regional, and global ministries
  • Save & donate labels for education
  • Donate Christmas presents for local children
Projects are chosen, organized, and promoted by our Missions Team. Contact us to learn more about upcoming projects, or find out how you can serve on the Missions Team.

Heart & Hands of Jesus

Heart and Hands of Jesus is a caregiving ministry for individuals facing life-changing events. At First United Methodist Church, we believe God has called us to provide a ministry of compassion as Jesus did. Heart and Hands of Jesus offers one-on-one and two-person caregiving teams for persons seeking support and encouragement in difficult times. The Heart and Hands of Jesus team also provides visitation ministry for persons in short- or long-term healthcare facilities, as well as homebound individuals. Contact us to learn more about the Heart and Hands of Jesus ministry, or to request a visit from a congregational caregiver.

Baptism & Membership

Through Baptism we are welcomed into the family of God, along with Christians everywhere. Baptism is a gift freely given to us by God. It is a sign of God’s love and forgiveness at work in our lives, even before we know how to recognize or name God. Therefore, in The United Methodist Church, people of any age can be baptized, including infants and young children. Baptism is something we experience and celebrate together, during which the congregation vows to encourage, nurture and serve you as you live out your Christian faith. As a result, all baptisms take place during our worship services. You can become a member of First UMC by baptism, transfer of church membership, or profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Becoming a member is a sign of spiritual maturity and a step of commitment. At least once a year, the Pastor teaches a short-term class that covers the basics of what it means to be a United Methodist Christian and fulfills our requirement of preparation for membership. When joining, our members make a vow to faithfully participation in the ministries of this congregation by their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. That means:   Be “all in” for our mission. Worship at First UMC as often as possible. Participate in a Bible study or small group for learning & growth. Give in proportion to your income to support the ministry of the local church. Serve inside and outside the First UMC congregation. Contact us to learn more about Baptism or Membership at First UMC.

First Fridays

Make First UMC your first stop for Family Fun on First Fridays Downtown! We collaborate with our strategic partner, Main Street Greenville, to offer safe, fun (and usually FREE) family activities on the first Friday of each month (March through December). Visit Main Street Greenville to learn more about First Fridays Downtown, and check the First UMC Calendar for details about upcoming events.

Athletics

Looking for fitness, play, or friendly competition? You’ve found it! First UMC participates in Darke County church league sports. We respectfully ask those playing on our teams to make a minimum commitment to worship at First UMC at least two Sundays per month.
 
  

      

 
Dart Ball ~ Open to teens (14 years and older) and adults ~ Fall-Winter
Volleyball ~ Open to children (all ages), teens, and adults ~ Summer See Calendar for details
 
 
 
Contact us for more information about First UMC athletics.