John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, believed that Christianity was “essentially a social religion.” That is, one that existed not only in worship but in becoming more like Christ by loving, serving, and healing our neighbor. To turn the Christian faith “into a solitary one,” said Wesley, “is to destroy it.”
As disciples of the Living God, we are open to the Spirit of the Lord not only working in us, but through us. Our members are involved in the work of God here in Alabaster and around the world.
To see a current listing of upcoming outreach and missions activities, please see June Calendar of Outreach Opportunities.
We are looking for volunteers! If any of these sound like you, contact the church so we can help you get connected!
- Volunteers needed to help in the nursery for Manna on Saturday mornings
- Aaron’s Staff respite care is in need of more hands on deck to help with their monthly program at FUMCA
- The church gardens will soon need gardening fans who can spare a few hours during the week
Some of the ongoing local opportunities for loving and serving our neighbors include:
- Aaron’s Staff: Volunteers help provide respite care for children with disabilities and their families on the third Saturday of the month at FUMC Alabaster. We also welcome all who are interested to worship with the children and families Aaron’s Staff serves once a month in Restore.
- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: Scout troops meet on a monthly basis at FUMC Alabaster. Contact the church office for more information.
- Card Care Ministry: This group works to reach out with words of hope and love through sending cards to people who are in need of encouragement.
- Community Garden: From March to October, you can find members of FUMCA tilling, planting, weeding, and picking in vegetable gardens. Located in Calera, on the main church campus, and in the Alabaster community garden. All of the vegetables that are gown in the garden are delivered to Manna Ministires where they are given out to local families. We are thankful to Dunn Real Estate who has generously made the land in Calera available to the church.
- Heartstrings: If you can crochet, knit, or sew, Heartstrings would love to put you to work! Heartstrings makes prayer shawls and quilts for those in need of comfort. Monthly meetings are a time to catch up, pray, and teach and learn new stitches and skills.
- Jubilee Outreach: Jubilee works to arrange and deliver flowers to bring joy to others. Jubilee meets on the first and third Tuesday at 9am in Restore to assemble and deliver their arrangements.
- Kairos: Kairos is a prison ministry designed to share Christ with those who are incarcerated. Available to all Alabama correctional facilities, Kairos works closely with the Alabama Department of Corrections. Kairos is supported by the prayers, service, and donations of individuals and churches throughout the state.
- Kids First: FUMCA has worked to support Kids First for many years. Volunteers are always needed to help kids in Simsville with their homework, play games, or lead a fun activity. During the school year this happens Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 5pm at Kids First Awareness Center.
- Manna Charities: There are many ways to serve God through Manna Charities! You can serve as a greeter, help in the warehouse, play with kids in the nursery, lend a hand with the Happy Hearts Club and bring a story from the Bible to life. Saturday mornings in Restore, from 8am to 11am.
Other Ministry Opportunities
Mississippi Mission Trip: Members of FUMC Alabaster and other churches travel to Philadelphia, MS over Spring Break for a week of service at the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission.
Appalachian Service Project: The Nexus youth ministry will be working with the Appalachia Service Project for a week this summer. High school-aged youth and adult volunteers will work on home repair projects for families living in poverty in rural Central Appalachia.
For more information, contact:
Miriam Smith email@example.com