West End United Methodist Church

Children

"Wonderfully Made" Team

Ministry: Wonderfully Made 

Wonderfully Made is our weekend class that introduces kids 10-13 to human sexuality from a faith perspective. 

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: once a year
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Friday evening and all day Saturday typically
  • Who Might Be Interested: We need people who are willing to sit with kids and walk with them through this important conversation. People who have medical or education experience are incredibly helpful, but really anyone who can be a non-anxious presence for the kids is great.

Advent Wreath Workshop Volunteers

Ministry: Advent Wreath Workshop

Puts on the Advent Wreath Workshop at the beginning of Advent

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: One time event each year
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves advent wreaths or is willing to help set up and clean up 
  • Anything Else: Our main needs are on the day of the workshop setting up and cleaning up, but anyone who would want to help organize the event before would also be welcome!

Children's Church Volunteers

Ministry: Children's Church

Children's Church is a time of worship and play for our 3 - 5 year olds during the second half of the worship service.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children
  • Anything Else: Children's Church happens at both services, but we typically have more children at 8:45.
     

Children's Council

Ministry: Children's Council

Children's Council helps set vision for the Children's Ministry at West End and plans and coordinates all the various activities and events that happen in children's ministry. They also advocate for children and families in the church.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children

Children's Summer Sunday School Teachers

Ministry: Summer Sunday school Teachers 

Teaching Sunday School in the summer for kids 3 years old through 6th grade. These teachers cover the summer to give our regular teachers a break.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: We typically ask for folks to teach 1 or 2 Sundays during the summer, but whatever they can give is great.
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children
  • Anything Else: Summer Sunday school runs June through early August.

Children's Sunday School Teacher

Ministry: Children's Sunday School Teacher

Teaching Sunday School for children ages 3 years old through 6th grade. It is usually a one or two Sunday a month commitment during the school year and all lessons and materials are provided.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Sunday school meets weekly, but teachers rotate and serve once or twice a month.
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children
  • Anything Else: We typically recruit our Sunday school teachers over the spring and summer to serve August through May. 
     

Confirmation Team

Ministry: Confirmation

Confirmation is our milestone for 6th graders where they learn about the beliefs and practices of the Methodist Church and think about their own beliefs, and hopefully choose to join the church and commit to a lifetime of discipleship.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Confirmation meets weekly January through early May
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours on Sunday nights
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children

Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers

Ministry: Easter Egg Hunt 

We host the annual Easter Egg Hunt for families on a Saturday close to Easter. 

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: once a year
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children or Easter egg hunts
  • Anything Else: Our primary needs are snack donations and help on the day of with set up/clean up and hiding eggs, but if anyone who would like to help organize the event before hand would be welcome!

Family Christmas Eve Service Team

Ministry: Family Christmas Eve Service

Coordinates the 4:00pm Family Christmas Eve Service

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Once a year
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours on the day 
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children and Christmas Eve worship (and little bit of beautiful, organized, chaos :))
  • Anything Else: Children are our primary leaders for this service, but we need lots of adults and youth to help them.

VBS Volunteers

Ministry: VBS

VBS is our week long summer activity for children. It includes Bible stories, worship and lots of fun activities.

  • Contact: Maggie Jarrell
  • Frequency: Once a year
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: This year it will be 12 hours (4 nights, 3 hours each) but we'll take any time people can give.
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone who loves children
  • Anything Else: VBS is June 27-30 2022 
     

Youth

Youth Ministry

Ministry: Youth ministry

A LOT.  Sunday School, Small Groups, service, trips, retreats, fun, eat, play, pray...

  • Contact: Emily Robbins
  • Frequency: More than one time a week
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Once a week but for at least 2.5 hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves working with teens, loves to learn and is willing to say "I don't know". 
  • Anything Else: I will need a new Small Group leader starting in the fall of 2022 - that is on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00 pm but we meet at 4:45 pm

Missions and Outreach

Mentor for our Junior Internship Program

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

During the summer West End sponsors 10 young people in their first job at Bethlehem Centers. Mentors meet once a week with their mentor/intern team (2 mentors, 2 interns) to talk about that week's work and the topic that the intern supervisor has discussed that week with the interns. We also have an opening orientation, some training at the beginning, and a closing celebration.

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Weekly June 7-July 15, orientation on May 31st and a closing celebration the next week
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who like teenagers and mentorship
  • Anything Else: Because this is working with kids, we will need to get a background check per our safe sanctuary policy.

Missions & Outreach Committee

Ministry: Missions & Outreach 

The Missions & Outreach Committee has the joy of connecting the congregation to the community and to the world through both our support of other organizations and our support of neighbors living in homelessness. 

  • Contact:  Emily Dougherty at emilykdougherty2@gmail.com
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who have a heart for service, volunteering and are passionate about giving back around Nashville. 
  • Anything Else: The committee itself is chosen annually and each person serves a three year term; however, everyone can and is highly encouraged to participate in service events and drives. 
     

Project Transformation Reading Buddy

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

Reading buddies for kids 

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Every day during one week in the summer (Dates TBA)
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: 2 Hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves working/reading with kids, anybody who tutors
  • Anything Else: readers must be background checked and go through a training

Quiet Space

Ministry: Missions and Outreach
Provide hospitality for people experiencing homelessness

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Monday - Thursday, 10:30 AM -2:30 PM
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who want to offer hospitality, who are not afraid of working with people experiencing mental illness or drug addiction
  • Anything Else: Volunteers need to be background checked and go through a training before beginning work with us.

Room In The Inn - Bus Driver

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

Help house 14 men on Wednesday nights November - March

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Weekly, November - March
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who doesn't mind driving a large vehicle in Nashville traffic and willing to pick up 14 men in the evening and early the next morning
  • Anything Else: Needs valid Driver's license

Room In The Inn - Coordinator

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

This person will be needed to help coordinate West End's Room in the Inn program. They will be the lead on recruitment of people to serve, helping fill in when folks unexpectedly cannot serve, be part of general planning of Room in the Inn, and communications with those who have served. The communications and administration will be supported by our administrative assistant and Rev. Stacey.
 

Room In The Inn - Overnight Host

 

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

Hosts 14 men experiencing homelessness

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, November - March
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: 1 Night per month
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who likes working with people in homelessness and can troubleshoot problems, provide hospitality
  • Anything Else: Because Room in the Inn works with vulnerable people, we need two unrelated adults to serve as overnight hosts. Background checks will be also need to be completed if we don't currently have one on file.

Room in the Inn - Bed Makers/ Hospitality Prep

 

Ministry: Missions and Outreach

Make the beds for the 14 guys we host on Wednesdays for Room in the Inn

  • Contact:  Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, November - March
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Our beds sit on the ground, so we will need folks who love to make beds and are ok with bending down pretty low to make them up. 
  • Anything Else: Bedding, mattresses are provided

Congregational Care

Congregational Care Delivery Team

Ministry: Congregational Care Delivery

In December, and occasionally at other times, this group makes special deliveries to people who are homebound or going through a difficult time.  (For example, in December, we deliver poinsettias.)

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Commitment can vary based on availability of volunteer.
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who wants to bring joy to those who are unable to come to church or who are going through a difficult time.
  • Anything Else: Background check is required.

Funeral Team

Ministry: Funeral Team

The Funeral Team provides hospitality for funerals, memorials services, and visitations at the church.  The work of this team includes greeting guests, directing people toward various locations in the building (Sanctuary, Reed Hall, restrooms, etc.), overseeing the guest books, and handing out bulletins.

  • Contact: Erin Racine at eracine@westendumc.org
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Varies, typically 1-3 hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who love helping others feel welcome, who want to be of service to grieving families.

Funeral Team Coordinator

Ministry: Funeral Team Coordinator

The Funeral Team provides hospitality for funerals, memorial services, and visitations at the church.  The Funeral Team Coordinator ensures that these events are staffed with volunteers by contacting the Funeral Team (usually by email) when there is a need.  While the Coordinator may sometimes be onsite to help with these events or help train volunteers, that is not a requirement.   

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who enjoys administrative tasks and wants to help care for grieving families by ensuring that their family and friends are welcomed to the church.
  • Anything Else: Training is provided.
     

Homebound Visitation Team

Ministry: Homebound Visitation

Visitors connect the church with those who are unable to attend due to age or health by calling or visiting on a monthly basis.

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who have a heart for the elderly, who want to share God's love in tangible ways through calls and visits.
  • Anything Else: Homebound visitors will complete a background check and provide proof of covid vaccination.  
     

Meal Train Ministry Team

Ministry: Meal Train Ministry

This group shares God's love in the form of food!  Volunteers make meals and take them to people who could use extra help with meals on a temporary basis (just had a baby, recovering from surgery, recently lost a loved one, etc.). 

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Dependent on food prep time and travel time.
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who love to cook, who enjoy caring for others through food.
  • Anything Else: Sometimes restaurant or food delivery service gift cards are requested, so those who are able to contribute in that way are welcome, even in cooking isn't their gift!

Sunny Day Club

Ministry: Sunny Day Club

The mission of the Sunny Day Club is to provide social interaction, friendship, and stimulation in a caring environment to people in the early stages of memory loss while providing respite for their caregivers.  Members and Volunteers gather each Monday for three hours to eat lunch, sing, play games, do crafts, and have fun together.  This allows family caregivers to enjoy a few hours to themselves.  Membership dues are $1 per week.

  • Contact:  Erin Racine at eracine@westendumc.org
  • Frequency: Weekly. Volunteers do not need to be present every week.  For example, they can serve twice a month or as their schedules allow.
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who have a heart for older adults and those with memory loss; people who have specific skills for engaging with folks with memory loss (leading chair exercises, craft projects, games and activities, singing or playing an instrument)--though specific skills aren't required.  A background check and proof of covid vaccination are required to volunteer with Sunny Day.
  • Anything Else: Sunny Day will meet in McWhirter Hall every Monday from 11am-2pm beginning in May or June 2022.  Volunteers also help set up prior and clean up after, usually for no more than an hour.

Hospitality

Funeral Team

Ministry: Funeral Team

The Funeral Team provides hospitality for funerals, memorials services, and visitations at the church.  The work of this team includes greeting guests, directing people toward various locations in the building (Sanctuary, Reed Hall, restrooms, etc.), overseeing the guest books, and handing out bulletins.

  • Contact: Erin Racine at eracine@westendumc.org
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Varies, typically 1-3 hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who love helping others feel welcome, who want to be of service to grieving families.

Funeral Team Coordinator

Ministry: Funeral Team Coordinator

The Funeral Team provides hospitality for funerals, memorial services, and visitations at the church.  The Funeral Team Coordinator ensures that these events are staffed with volunteers by contacting the Funeral Team (usually by email) when there is a need.  While the Coordinator may sometimes be onsite to help with these events or help train volunteers, that is not a requirement.   

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who enjoys administrative tasks and wants to help care for grieving families by ensuring that their family and friends are welcomed to the church.
  • Anything Else: Training is provided.
     

Greeters and Ushers

Ministry: Greeters and Ushers

Greeters and Ushers welcome people to the church on Sunday mornings and during special events and services.  Greeters simply offer a smile and a warm welcome, directing people toward the Sanctuary or other locations when needed.  Ushers welcome people, hand out bulletins, and sometimes help with the attendance count after the service has begun.  (In the future, ushers might also be asked to take up the offering during services.)

  • Contact: Nick Deitmen
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Those who want to want to offer a warm welcome to guests and members, who enjoy being helpful and/or meeting new people.
  • Anything Else: Greeters and Ushers do not need to have extensive knowledge of the church or the building--just a willingness to be a warm and welcoming presence.  Volunteers can sign up to greet or usher according to their availability (once a month, twice a month, etc.)  

Homebound Visitation Team

Ministry: Homebound Visitation

Visitors connect the church with those who are unable to attend due to age or health by calling or visiting on a monthly basis.

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who have a heart for the elderly, who want to share God's love in tangible ways through calls and visits.
  • Anything Else: Homebound visitors will complete a background check and provide proof of covid vaccination.  
     

Hospitality Ministries Team

Ministry: Hospitality Ministries Team

The Hospitality Ministries Team oversees the hospitality ministries of the church, ensuring that visitors and members receive a warm welcome and find opportunities to connect with another.

  • Contact: April Skinner
  • Frequency: Quarterly
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who have a heart for hospitality, for creating systems, structures, and events that help people feel welcome and connect with one another.

Hospitality Shepherds

Ministry: Hospitality Shepherds

Shepherds connect with new visitors by phone or email to offer them a warm welcome and help them connect with West End's ministries.  

  • Contact: Doug Arnold
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who want to help welcome others into our church community and help them connect with small groups, ways to serve, etc.; people who love to meet new people.

Hospitality Special Events Team

Ministry: Hospitality Special Events

Throughout the year, the Hospitality Team sponsors special events, such as the Church Picnic/Block Party, Easter Brunch, Donut Sundays, etc.  On these occasions, we need people who can help with planning, set up, and clean up.

  • Contact: April Skinner
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Varies
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who love event planning, who enjoy helping people gather for fun and fellowship, and/or who want to help with hospitality, but are only available occasionally. 

Meal Train Ministry Team

Ministry: Meal Train Ministry

This group shares God's love in the form of food!  Volunteers make meals and take them to people who could use extra help with meals on a temporary basis (just had a baby, recovering from surgery, recently lost a loved one, etc.). 

  • Contact: Erin Racine
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Dependent on food prep time and travel time.
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who love to cook, who enjoy caring for others through food.
  • Anything Else: Sometimes restaurant or food delivery service gift cards are requested, so those who are able to contribute in that way are welcome, even in cooking isn't their gift!

Wedding Committee

Ministry: Wedding Committee

Manages and oversees weddings at the church

  • Contact: Kate Canty
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone with an interest in weddings. Someone interested in event planning and management or at least willing to work alongside others in assisting with weddings.
  • Anything Else: Weddings typically involve a rehearsal on Friday afternoons at 5:30 PM with a ceremony on Saturday at some time. Volunteers don't necessarily help with every wedding. There can be anywhere between 6-12 weddings a year right now.

Wednesday Night Dinner Team

Ministry: Wednesday Night Dinner

We help setup, serve, and clean up Wednesday night meals.

  • Contact: Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour and a half to two hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves hospitality and fellowship with church members. 
  • Anything Else: Meals typically start in August, running through second week of December, then they resume in early/mid January and carry roughly through Easter or a tad later depending on the year.

Creation Care

Creation Care Committee

 

Ministry: Creation Care

We are committed to education, stewardship, and advocacy. Some of the projects we have done include Plastic Free July, Sunday School presentations, an Earth Day hike (getting out in nature), advocacy letter-writing training especially as related to landfill issues, tree care in our parking lot forest, a Green Giving Guide for Christmas, our website presence, and placing recycling bins in the church. We are currently working on energy efficiency for our building, landscaping for one of our neighbors whose home was destroyed in the 2020 tornado, an art gallery celebrating Earth Month, a Toy Trade; social media (@creationcareaware), and disaster preparedness training. Not everyone works on every project, but collectively we get a lot done.

  • Contact:  Crys Zinkiewicz or Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Roughly monthly for Committee meetings; additional project team meetings depending upon projects.
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Full meetings are usually an hour, but project team planning may require more than the usual Committee meeting, and events have their own requirements for volunteers. 
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone interested in what we can do to care for God's creation and the related justice issues.
  • Anything Else: We work on various projects. You can participate in the meetings where we generate ideas and assist with planning. You can volunteer for the planning team working on a specific project. Or you can volunteer (as in, just tell me what I need to do now) for an event. Or you can be a prayer partner. All are welcome! You get to choose what and how much you do.  

Energy Efficiency Team for WEUMC

 

Ministry: Creation Care

The goals are 1) to be good stewards of our physical building and also the organ and pianos, 2) to make energy efficient changes that will reduce both the operating costs and the costs to the environment and justice, 3) to return half of the savings to increased long-term efficiency and the other half to distribute to neighbors in need who come to the church for help through the benevolence fund.

  • Contact:  Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye 
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Meeting time will be as needed. Additional individual time may be needed for research.
  • Who Might Be Interested: This team needs people with concern for creation care and good stewardship plus some specific skills, including project management; financial management; operations and maintenance of a facility; communications; technical skill in engineering, contracting, business; and computer savvy. 
  • Anything Else: We have a comprehensive proposal (and a short-version) that outlines the data and the possibilities. Additionally, we have an Energy Audit from NES and an EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager guide for congregations. We are also open to including non-WEUMC members on the team or as consultants, depending upon their skill background. Rev. Stacey has the information for anyone interested.

Ministry Table

Creation Care Committee

 

Ministry: Creation Care

We are committed to education, stewardship, and advocacy. Some of the projects we have done include Plastic Free July, Sunday School presentations, an Earth Day hike (getting out in nature), advocacy letter-writing training especially as related to landfill issues, tree care in our parking lot forest, a Green Giving Guide for Christmas, our website presence, and placing recycling bins in the church. We are currently working on energy efficiency for our building, landscaping for one of our neighbors whose home was destroyed in the 2020 tornado, an art gallery celebrating Earth Month, a Toy Trade; social media (@creationcareaware), and disaster preparedness training. Not everyone works on every project, but collectively we get a lot done.

  • Contact:  Crys Zinkiewicz or Stacey Harwell-Dye
  • Frequency: Roughly monthly for Committee meetings; additional project team meetings depending upon projects.
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Full meetings are usually an hour, but project team planning may require more than the usual Committee meeting, and events have their own requirements for volunteers. 
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone interested in what we can do to care for God's creation and the related justice issues.
  • Anything Else: We work on various projects. You can participate in the meetings where we generate ideas and assist with planning. You can volunteer for the planning team working on a specific project. Or you can volunteer (as in, just tell me what I need to do now) for an event. Or you can be a prayer partner. All are welcome! You get to choose what and how much you do.  

Finance Committee

Ministry: Finance Committee

Manage the yearly operating budget

  • Contact:  Bill Farris, Chair
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: One Hour a month
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone concerned about our church's finances or just wants to understand the budget. 

Spiritual Formation Committee

 

Ministry: Spiritual Formation 

Exploring various processes and beliefs in growing closer to God and each other

  • Contact:  Robin Moore and Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: We are piloting some small groups for our congregation 
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Committee mtgs about an hour; other communications as needed
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone creative and/or seeking spiritual growth and connections with others 
  • Anything Else: We love ideas and creative folks

Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Ministry: Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Connects Church staff with Lay Leadership

  • Contact:  Lucius Carroll at luciuscarroll@gmail.com
  • Frequency: Monthly meeting plus individual time with member‚Äôs staff ‚Äúbuddy‚Äù
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour meeting plus time connecting with ‚Äúbuddy‚Äù - email, phone, send card, coffee visit, occaisional lunch
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone interested in connecting deeper with Church Staff
     

Young Adult Ministry

Ministry: Young Adult Ministry

We provide community for young adults in the congregation!

  • Contact:  nparker@westendumc.org
  • Frequency: We have many different groups -- some on Sunday morning who meet weekly and some at other times during the week.
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Our groups usually meet for about an hour.
  • Who Might Be Interested: It can be challenging to define "young adults" because it incorporates a lot of different groups including but not limited to college students, emerging adults, and young professionals who are all in many different life stages.  Young adult ministries targets folks in their 20s and 30s.
  • Anything Else: Thank you!

Administrative Support

Bowen Library Team

Ministry: Bowen Library Team

Manages library circulation, purchases new resources, keeps library up to date

  • Contact: Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Varies depending on desires of volunteer and needs of team
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone interested in books and resources related to spirituality and faith

Reception Desk Volunteer

Ministry: Administrative Support

Volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet guests to allow staff the opportunity to attend meeting and do work away from the desk. 

  • Contact:  Melanie Paulson
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: someone with a heart for hospitality
  • Anything Else: training will be provided; two opportunities: "as needed" or 1 hour for staff meetings (Tuesdays at 1:30pm)

WEUMC Archives and History Team

Ministry: WEUMC Archives and History

Manages archives, files records of church activities, history, etc.

  • Contact: Marci McDonald
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Day
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone interested in the history of the church and maintaining current historical records for future generations. Also, someone who can meet during weekday hours.
  • Anything Else: The team typically gathers to work on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in the History and Archives room.

Spiritual Formation

Bowen Library Team

Ministry: Bowen Library Team

Manages library circulation, purchases new resources, keeps library up to date

  • Contact: Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Varies depending on desires of volunteer and needs of team
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone interested in books and resources related to spirituality and faith

Spiritual Formation Committee

 

Ministry: Spiritual Formation 

Exploring various processes and beliefs in growing closer to God and each other

  • Contact:  Robin Moore and Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: We are piloting some small groups for our congregation 
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Committee mtgs about an hour; other communications as needed
  • Who Might Be Interested: Anyone creative and/or seeking spiritual growth and connections with others 
  • Anything Else: We love ideas and creative folks

Taize Set Up Team

Ministry: Taize set up team

Sets up for in-person Taize contemplative worship

  • Contact: Sally Ahner
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves contemplative worship/practices and may have an interest in participating in the Taize service
  • Anything Else: Taize occurs on the third Sunday of each month. We typically meet around 4:00 PM to set up with service beginning at 5:00. Occasionally, we set up at Noon after the late worship service, especially on days we will worship around the labyrinth. 

Wednesday Night Dinner Team

Ministry: Wednesday Night Dinner

We help setup, serve, and clean up Wednesday night meals.

  • Contact: Brandon Baxter
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Hour and a half to two hours
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves hospitality and fellowship with church members. 
  • Anything Else: Meals typically start in August, running through second week of December, then they resume in early/mid January and carry roughly through Easter or a tad later depending on the year.

Worship

Communion Team

Ministry: Communion Team

Prepares and Sets Up Communion Monthly and for Some Special Services

  • Contact: Ashley Darling
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Depends on your assigned role.
  • Who Might Be Interested: Someone who loves worship and cares about the sacrament of communion.
  • Anything Else: We are rebuilding the team post-COVID and Ashley is our new coordinator. She will be figuring out what works best for these teams. In the past 2 people served on early service setup team and 2 people served on late service setup team. The early service team was responsible for coming on Friday before a communion service and prepping the elements. Then they were responsible for coming at around 8:15 to get everything set up and then they clean up after the early service and reset for next. The late service team then comes in around 10:45 to make sure all is set. They stayed and cleaned up afterwards. Most of this will remain the same, but Ashley may decide to separate Friday communion prep from service on the early service setup crew. 

Greeters and Ushers

Ministry: Greeters and Ushers

Greeters and Ushers welcome people to the church on Sunday mornings and during special events and services.  Greeters simply offer a smile and a warm welcome, directing people toward the Sanctuary or other locations when needed.  Ushers welcome people, hand out bulletins, and sometimes help with the attendance count after the service has begun.  (In the future, ushers might also be asked to take up the offering during services.)

  • Contact: Nick Deitmen
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Attendance Required: Yes
  • Time Commitment: Half Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: Those who want to want to offer a warm welcome to guests and members, who enjoy being helpful and/or meeting new people.
  • Anything Else: Greeters and Ushers do not need to have extensive knowledge of the church or the building--just a willingness to be a warm and welcoming presence.  Volunteers can sign up to greet or usher according to their availability (once a month, twice a month, etc.)  

Worship Committee

Ministry: Worship Committee

Meets quarterly to discuss elements of worship at West End, including weddings, funerals, communion, music, ushering, and the physical space and materials of our worship.

  • Contact:  Emma Jackson at emma.r.jackson92@gmail.com, Pastor Carol, or Pastor Brandon
  • Frequency: Quarterly
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Hour
  • Who Might Be Interested: People who want to be more involved in various worship-related ministries

Young Adults

Young Adult Ministry

Ministry: Young Adult Ministry

We provide community for young adults in the congregation!

  • Contact:  nparker@westendumc.org
  • Frequency: We have many different groups -- some on Sunday morning who meet weekly and some at other times during the week.
  • Attendance Required: No
  • Time Commitment: Our groups usually meet for about an hour.
  • Who Might Be Interested: It can be challenging to define "young adults" because it incorporates a lot of different groups including but not limited to college students, emerging adults, and young professionals who are all in many different life stages.  Young adult ministries targets folks in their 20s and 30s.
  • Anything Else: Thank you!