First United Methodist Church delights in proclaiming and showing the good news of God’s love to all people. We work to make a difference here in the U.S. and globally through various mission trips, serving in such areas as medical, construction, and Vacation Bible School. We also support many mission efforts, both within the church and out in the community. For more information, please contact the Director of Missions, Claire Smith at email@example.com.
Construction Ministry – These volunteers help with building Habitat for Humanity houses and other missional construction opportunities.
Disaster Relief – These volunteers sign up to be trained and serve in debris clean-up and other tasks needed when an event like a hurricane, tornado, or another type of disaster occurs.
Family Promise – Family Promise is a ministry that provides temporary housing for families that have nowhere to rest their heads at night. When our church hosts the families, we have volunteers who bring meals, who play with the children at night, who stay overnight as a church contact, etc.
Fix-It Shop – This ministry takes things that are broken and in need of repair and restores them. If you have something broken, you can bring it in to the Fix-It Shop to be mended. They like a good challenge. And if you are handy, you can sign up to be a part of the Fix-It team.
Respite Ministry – Respite is a ministry that provides care for persons living with dementia and Alzheimer’s while providing a break for their caregivers. It meets Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Volunteers help to lead games, set up lunch, lead singing in worship, and so much more to provide a loving community for those living with these diseases.
Tutoring – We have a long-term relationship with various local schools and community partners.
Gift Hope – Gift Hope is a yearly event that raises funds for local non-profit organizations at Christmastime. It allows families to give a nontraditional gift to a loved one that honors them by supporting a meaningful local non-profit. Each year volunteers are needed to help execute all the different facets of the event.
Rise Against Hunger – Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies. This is a yearly ministry opportunity offered to people of all ages and capabilities. We package meals together that are then sent to those who are in need.
Pancake Run for Missions – This yearly fundraiser for our Missions Ministry is run through Cloverdale at different distances for all ages. Volunteers are needed to give directions on the trail, cook pancakes, check people in, run in the race, and more.
Fall Bazaar for Missions – The United Methodist Women sponsors this fundraiser each year to raise money for our Missions Ministry. A sale of goods donated by organizations and individuals, they need volunteers to help prepare for the sale doing tasks such as event planning and organization, cooking, baking, helping set-up the different rooms such as the garden room, silent auction room, nice as new (garage sale kind of room), and more.
Domestic Mission Trips – FUMC engages in a variety of domestic adult mission trips, working with partner agencies to determine a location and services needed. The main projects are then chosen by the skills of those in the group. From construction to teaching Bible lessons to children, there is a role for anyone willing to serve. The youth serve on a domestic mission trip every other year. One of their biggest needs for these trips is financial support and prayer partners. By supporting the youth through these avenues, you can also be part of the mission experience.
If you are looking for ways to serve outside of the church, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about what agencies are doing for our community. FUMC supports the following non-profit organizations in our area.
- Adullam House
- Aid to Inmate Mothers
- Alabama Rural Ministries
- Bridge Builders
- Cancer Wellness Foundation
- Common Ground Montgomery
- Communities of Transformation – Montgomery
- Embrace Alabama Kids
- Family Sunshine Center
- Fisher’s Farm
- Friendship Mission
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hope Inspired Ministries
- MACOA / Meals on Wheels
- Mary Ellen’s Hearth
- Mercy House / M.A.P.
- Medical Outreach Ministries
- Metropolitan UMC Beacon Center
- Reality & Truth
- Rebuilding Together
- Renascence, Inc
- River City UMC Homeless Ministry
- Salvation Army
- Samaritan Counseling Center
- Society of St. Andrew
- That’s My Child
- Triumph Montgomery
- Valiant Cross Academy
After serving within the church and on one or more local missions, learn more about what it means to join FUMC on a foreign mission.
Medical Mission Trips – FUMC ministry partners identify an area that needs our help, and our team travels to set up medical clinics for those who do not have access to services as we do in the United States. On medical mission trips, FUMC utilizes doctors, PAs, NPs, nurses, dentists, dental assistants, pharmacists, and administrators to help serve. We provide prescription medications, clean teeth, magnifying glasses (+ and -), and much more. FUMC has served with SIFAT on clinics in the greater Quito, Ecuador area and in Quesimpuco, Bolivia. We hope to work with UMVIM Missionary Rhett Thompson in Panama City, Panama in the future.
Adult Mission Trips – For adult, non-medical foreign mission trips, FUMC has opportunities for those with a variety of skill sets. FUMC works with partner agencies to determine a location, and the main projects are then chosen by the skills of those in the group. From construction and food delivery to teaching Bible lessons to children, there can be a role for anyone willing to travel internationally to serve.
Youth Mission Trip – The youth serve on a foreign mission trip every other year, rotating with their domestic trips. On youth foreign mission trips, youth programs range from Vacation Bible Schools and feeding programs to building and construction projects.
Support Teams – There is more that goes into a foreign mission trip than physically going on the trip itself. By being on a support team, you can serve without leaving the country. Support team members help prepare materials, fundraise, pray for and encourage members of the team, and more.
This ministry provides fellowship and stimulation for people who have memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, or stroke.