First United Methodist Church
315 Kerens Ave, Elkins WV 26241 (304) 636-0660
At FUMC Elkins we strive to offer a variety of ministry opportunities for people to get involved in. Here is a list with a brief description of some of them.
Health Ministry Team: Do you have an interest in serving but are not sure where or how to begin? Do you have concerns for the physical and spiritual health of the church, the community, the state? If so, the Health Ministry Team would like you to join our efforts to encourage physical and spiritual health. Survey results indicated that many of our congregation members would like to know more about chronic disease information and prevention. Once a quarter, a guest speaker will present programs on health. Topics will include chronic disease, nutrition and prevention. We will also provide free blood pressure and diabetic screenings once a month. In order to provide this program, we will need not only nurses but also additional volunteers the day of the screenings. If you are interested in participating with the Health Ministry Team, contact Shelley Hyre at 304-704-7039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE CARE: Our We Care ministry is an outreach for our senior citizen community. We serve many of our older generation within our community by providing meals, cards, visits, and much more. We are always looking for more to join our team. Please contact us at the church office at (304) 636-0660 for more information.
Backpack Program: Our backpack program was developed to answer the call of those in need. There are many children in Randolph County going home on the weekends without enough food to eat. Our church, in hope of gaining other partners and sponsors, provides over 170 backpacks every weekend filled with food items for children to eat. We load backpacks Thursday evenings and deliver them to the schools on Friday. For more information, contact our church office at (304) 636-0660.
Sunday School Program: At FUMC Elkins, Sunday school is for children and adults. Our classes begin at 9:45 a.m. There are several classes to choose from that cover many topics. For more information, contact the church office at (304) 636-0660.
Chancel Choir: This is a mixed choir, and they are part of a long tradition of musical offerings in the worship services at FUMC in Elkins. This is a committed volunteer group of folks who meet weekly to rehearse anthems and service music. Within this choir are many subgroups: quartets, trios, men's and mixed quartets, and we have a blessed abundance of folks who step out to sing solos, and solos within the choral realm. These singers are Christ's ambassadors in our community as well, participating in musical venues throughout the region. Our singing door is open to anyone who has a heart for music and worship.
Praize Team: This is a group of volunteer singers and instrumentalists that share a love of our Lord and a passion for contemporary Christian music. As a team, we provide music for our 8:30 a.m. worship service year round, though participation is only asked for once or twice a month, depending on how many members we have. We are a welcoming group of people. New members, youth and adults, are encouraged to join us.
ConwayRingers: This is the handbell choir at FUMC Elkins. They began ringing in the early 2000s because of a generous gift of four octaves of Malmark handbells by Jo Conway, in memory of her husband, Lew, who was a member of the Chancel Choir for decades. In 2005, the group re-organized, and they have been ringing full-time since then. Rehearsals are weekly, from August to June. ConwayRingers participates in all of the services from Thanksgiving/Advent through Christmas Eve, and they ring at least monthly in worship at the 11:00 am service.
Children's Choir: This is a group of children, first through fifth grade, who gather for rehearsals and participation in worship once or twice a year. They currently sing at Christmas and in May. Linda Wagner has been their director for the past several years.
Conway Quilters: If you can tie a knot and enjoy good fellowship, this is the group for you. If you have always wanted to learn to quilt, now is the time! We meet from 9 a.m. until noon on Monday from September until summer in the quilt room in the basement. Exceptions are holidays and inclement weather. The Ladies Yarn Closet is empty. Several ladies are making hats for infants to teens, others are making layettes with knitted booties and afghans. If you have yarn laying around, this is the perfect way to put it to good use! We Care prayer shawls are given to our members in need, in nursing homes, etc. Men's prayer shawls are especially needed. If you would like to make a shawl for a man, you can contact Jo Conway for more information.
There is much more that we offer and as we move forward we will be adding these ministry options to our list. Come and join in the work!