"WHAT DO YOU HAVE, WHAT CAN YOU DO?"
Although our church is very involved in missionary work across the globe, we are also dedicated to serving those here at home in Florence and surrounding areas. Here are some of the opportunities for you to plug in and help out a neighbor:
The FUMC Shepherd’s Table provides meals and a message to the underserved in the local community every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. One of seven teams of eight to 15 volunteers setup, cook, serve, visit and witness to an average of 100 guests each week. Teams include Sunday School groups, our youth, volunteers and even members of other local churches who join us once every few months to participate in this ministry. Don't worry if cooking is not your spiritual gift; there are plenty of other opportunities within this ministry to fit your particular talents!
The Wesley Foundation at the University of North Alabama is a campus ministry located in the heart of UNA. It's a ministry supported by the Northwest Alabama District of the United Methodist Church. First United Methodist supports this ministry with money from our budget and different classes provides meals for students twice per month. Students are invited to eat free at FUMC on Wednesday evening at the fellowship meal.
GIRLS' GROUP HOME
Girls' Group Home (Knobe Scholarship Program) in Florence is part of the United Methodist Children’s Home organization. FUMC provides support for the group home with maintenance projects and staffing assistance. If you’re handy around the house with upkeep, repair or building projects, this could be just the ministry for you.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the FUMC congregation focuses on helping others. In addition to sending Christmas gift packages to children in Honduras, we prepare and serve meals for Thanksgiving for local individuals and families. Donors and volunteers from the congregation purchase food, prepare and serve thousands of free meals; over 600 such meals on average are delivered to Meals on Wheels and hospice patients, while another 600 meals are served to local people in need.
The congregation of FUMC support a variety of local and regional youth and adult projects, including Good Sams, Camp Sumatanga, and The Caring Place, a local organization providing adult daycare services for elders suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
We also provide volunteers and money for the Help Center, a community center offering food, clothing, and monetary help with electricity, rent, prescriptions and many other needs.
This is an interdenominational ministry of churches in Florence and Lauderdale County and volunteers are needed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Meals on Wheels of the Shoals provides daily, hot meals for homebound persons who live alone and are in need. This program is administered by Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama and funded by donations from churches, clubs, individuals and area city and county commissions. FUMC delivers a route every third week. Volunteers are needed and it only takes a little over an hour of your time to make sure everyone receives a hot, nutritious meal.