Jesus’ ministry was one of movement, never spending very long in the same place, always going where there were people in need of an encounter with God. This very idea is the driving force behind our Serve First ministry. We want to be known as a church making a difference in the heart of Sioux Falls. In order for this mission to be accomplished, it falls to those who call this place their spiritual home to be about the kingdom-building work of service.
Serving at FIRST United Methodist Church is a great way to use your gifts and get to know others! We encourage everyone to be a part of a Team. Serving is a huge part of who we are, and we believe that serving can help us grow spiritually. We have two types of Teams: Inside Teams, Outside Teams.
KIDS: Do you have a passion for seeing families and children love God and learn about God? Serving in First Church Children's could be the perfect fit for you. If you like working with kids, there are always opportunities to hold babies, lead small and large group discussions, and help children. If you are ready to serve with FIRST kids, please fill out the adult application. SIGN ME UP!
YOUTH: Interested in serving with FIRST Church Students? We need adults who have a heart for serving students and helping them grow closer to God. Whether it is leading a small group, helping out at one of our services or serving alongside students, you have the ability to impact the lives of our FIRST students. SIGN ME UP!
CARE @ FIRST TEAMS: Our care teams bring joy to those who have a hard time getting out and about. There are also teams that send birthday cards, sympathy cards and other appreciated cards. SIGN ME UP!
GROUNDS: From handymen who help repair things that break on campus, to those who help care for the outside grounds, our grounds keeping and maintenance volunteers are very important in maintaining our beautiful locations. SIGN ME UP!
WORSHIP & TECHNICAL ARTS: These are the folks who make the Weekend Services happen! From camera operators and guitarists, to those with a more administrative bent in a directing role, there’s a whole crew of people who work hard to make the weekends great! SIGN ME UP!
CONNECTIONS TEAM: We want every person's FIRST Church experience to be fantastic. The Connections team of volunteers helps make that happen. From the parking ministry, to serving free coffee or breakfast, to working at our Information Center, to ushering, we have something to fit your personality. SIGN ME UP!
COMMUNICATIONS: Communications volunteers provide technology, writing, photography and design assistance to the FIRST Church team. Communications volunteers have the opportunity to write stories for the Here @ FIRST magazine and provide support to many ministries. SIGN ME UP!
for information of any of these groups please contact the church office @ 605.336.3652
SERVE BREAKFAST or SUPPER AT THE BANQUET: The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. They now serve 13 meals per week at two locations. We pay for, help prepare, and serve breakfast the 3rd Tuesday each month and Supper the 4th Tuesday. In 2016 The Banquet served 196,000 meals, and at least 25,000 of those meals were served to children under 12. They go through approximately 15,000 gallons of milk each year. Contact Gary Healy or Lynne Jones to learn more about this opportunity. SIGN ME UP!
SERVE BREAKFAST or SUPPER WITH NIGHTWATCH: The Nighwatch team serves breakfast every Sunday morning in our parking lot to those who would otherwise go hungry. We serve supper in conjunction with the other area Methodist churches. Once every 8 weeks, we serve down at the Raven's parking lot and in our parking lot. We can serve as many as 200 meals in just a couple of hours. Help is needed in preparing and serving the food. Contact Bre White to learn more about this opportunity. SIGN ME UP!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TEAM: Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes and hope. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Contact Doug Cleveringa to learn more about this opportunity. SIGN ME UP!
LOWELL ELEMENTARY PARTNER: If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Lynne Jones. This has been an amazing way to build relationships with students and staff, as well as increase confidence and academic success for students. SIGN ME UP!
KIDSTOP PARTNER: Kidstop is a nonprofit organization offering free after-school and summer care to low-income children in the Pettigrew Heights area of downtown Sioux Falls, SD. Their mission is to provide a safe, supervised and educational environment where children can partake in daily activities that focus on self-esteem and character building, life skill development and academic improvement. They operate inside the First Church facility. Contact Kassidi Smith to learn more about this opportunity. SIGN ME UP!
MAYDAY SIOUX FALLS PLANNING TEAMS: May Day Sioux Falls allows our community to join together in celebration and service. We will work across our city to make a difference. We will serve the agencies that meet the needs of the young, old, poor, lonely, sick and abused. These agencies serve our neighbors. Contact Lynne Jones to learn more about this opportunity. SIGN ME UP!