“The heart of Christian ministry is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. Christian ministry is the expression of the mind and mission of Christ by a community of Christians that demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship.” *

Celebrating and sharing our faith with the children of our community is of vital importance to our whole church. “The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity.” ** We are blessed at our church to have wonderful children and young people who are excited to learn about and practice their faith.

We are always seeking caring adults and older teens to join us as faith formation leaders and shepherds for Sunday morning. During the year we also seek volunteers for special events such as Fall Festival, Advent Workshop, Easter Egg Hunt/Party and Vacation Bible Camp.

 
WHAT DOES A FAITH FORMATION LEADER DO?

A faith formation leader is the “lead teacher” for a particular week (or weeks) of Sunday school. This individual’s (or team’s) role is to encourage the participants to grow in knowledge of their faith and ability to respond to the gift of God’s grace through loving action. This individual (or team) receives the curriculum one week in advance in order to prepare to lead the group. Curriculum includes prayer, Scripture and either: arts/crafts, cooking, theater, writing, or a science experiment. This individual/team has full access to the Christian Education office which is filled with a large variety of classroom supplies. Support and training is provided as needed by the DRE. This individual/team offers gifts of their time and talents (welcoming presence, enthusiasm, good listener, etc) either weekly, monthly or bi-monthly.

 
WHAT DOES A SHEPHERD DO?

A shepherd assists in the classroom for a particular week (or weeks) of Sunday school. This individual (or team) may be asked to distribute supplies, take students to the restroom, or assist with arts, crafts, or putting together the mission project of the month. This individual/team offers gifts of their time and talents (welcoming presence, enthusiasm, helpful spirit) either weekly, monthly or bi-monthly.

 

WHAT DOES A SPECIAL-EVENT VOLUNTEER DO?

Special event volunteers have a range of possible responsibilities and time commitments. Some examples include hosting a booth for Fall Festival, leading a craft for Advent workshop, helping to set up/clean up the Easter Party, being kitchen crew for Vacation Bible Camp or putting together Sunday-School take-home kits.

 

VOLUNTEERING: WHAT'S NEXT?

In order to volunteer please contact Angelina Goldwell (angelina@fumcoly.org / 360-943-2661 or fill out the form below) with your name, contact information, and how you would like to volunteer (example: a shepherd in 1st-4th on the 3rd Sunday of the month each month). Prior to entering the classroom or volunteering for a special event every volunteer must review our church’s Safe-Church Policy, attend a safety training and fill out a Background Check Authorization Form

*Book of Discipline, paragraph 125

**Book of Discipline, paragraph 161