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FUMCFW Welcoming volunteers have an important role in connecting guests and church members to / through new and existing ministries of welcome and hospitality. Opportunities are for both occasional and specific longer-term task force groups. These include volunteer opportunities as ushers, greeters, First Friends, Welcome Center volunteers, and more!
For more information about our Welcoming Ministries, contact Lisa Helm, Director of Welcoming Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2403.
Ushers serve on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:00 am in our Sanctuary worship services (and for other special/seasonal worship services and events) to hand out bulletins at various entrances to the Sanctuary, to collect the morning offering during worship services, and to provide other assistance during worship as needed.
On Sunday mornings and at various times throughout the year, Greeters welcome and guide those entering our facilities with a warm, friendly smile, a sincere welcome and greeting, and directions to our Welcome Center or other locations as needed.
“Being an usher or greeter is one of the best volunteer jobs at FUMCFW: you work during the service, there are no meetings during the week, and no lessons to prepare!”
Have you ever come to church on Sunday and a warm greeting by the person at the door brought a smile to your face? Have you ever visited a place for the first time, felt a little lost and confused, and someone was right there to answer your questions? Have you ever faced a challenge and someone handed you just the thing to make your experience better? Then you’ve experienced first hand the difference good Ushers and Greeters can make.
Ushers and Greeters don’t necessarily work every Sunday; some choose to sign up for specific Sundays while some work one month on and one month off. There are those who choose to pass the plates during the offering and help greet people while some prefer to “meet and greet’ but not to pass the plates. On communion Sundays, the Ushers take on the additional role of directing people to the front of the church to receive communion.
“We feel that our ministry to the church is to ensure that everyone’s experience at FUMC is as good as it can be,” says Chris Lokey, Lead Usher. When someone comes to our church for the first time, it is important that they feel welcome. Ushers and greeters are often the first contact someone has with our church so our goal is to greet them warmly and make them feel comfortable. We’re here to help people find the nursery or a bathroom, make sure they have a large print bulletin if they need one or help them down the stairs. Anything we can do to make people’s time at FUMC enjoyable, we do!”
“First Friends” are a group of lay members who are willing to stand with our newest church members when they come forward to join the church at the closing of our 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services. Offering these newest members a warm welcome as they join our congregation, First Friends then spend a few minutes getting acquainted with them following the service, and then follow up with a phone call during the first week after they join to help them connect with the programs, activities, and ministries of greatest interest to them. First Friends often arrange to serve with others on a schedule that is most convenient.
The Welcome Center Volunteer Program is a dynamic opportunity for church members to offer vital assistance and provide a welcoming presence in our Welcome Center each Sunday morning. Welcome Center Volunteers are assisted on Sunday mornings by a designated staff member and generally commit to at least one Sunday during each quarter of the year (and more if you’d like!), serving from 9:00 – 9:30 am, 10:30 – 10:50 am, and 12:00 – 12:15 pm on their designated Sundays.
FUMCFW Lay Ministry volunteers have an important role in connecting guests and church members to / through new and existing ministries of welcome and hospitality. Opportunities are for both occasional and specific longer-term task force groups.
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This Sunday, our beautiful garden will be a hub of activity! Ladies from UMW’s Ruth and Mary-Martha Circles will be providing cookies, lemonade, and hospitality, making for a great chance to visit with old friends — and maybe to make new ones.
In addition to Nancy we have two other new staff members to announce: Donna Smith and Heather Teems. With Jennifer Stephens’ move over to the First Street Methodist Mission to assist with operations, Donna Smith is our new receptionist who started in December, so you may have already seen her smiling face in the Main Office.