Love God, Love People, Change the World


We believe God has equipped individuals within the body of Christ with passion, spiritual gifts and personal style to serve one another. As we serve in our God-designed areas of ministry, we discover the meaning and purpose for which we were created, and we live out our calling to share the love of God with others. We invite you to survey the opportunities below and then simply try some of them with “no strings attached” so you can discern if this is the “fit” for you. Should you need more guidance, contact one of our pastors.

Hospitality Team – Prepares refreshments for fellowship before and after worship celebrations
Connection Team – Follows-up on first time visitors and connects them to the life in the church
CARE Team –

  • Visits Home-bound – Nurtures and cares for the sick and home-bound members of the congregation
  • Home-Bound Communion –Delivers communion each month
  • Funeral Dinner Team – Provides meals for the families following funerals
  • Meals – Provides meals to families during periods of crisis or need

Maintenance Team – Maintains the inside of our church facilities as needed
Landscape Team – Enhances and maintains the exterior of our facilities
Prayer Teams –

  • Intercessors – Group that anoints and prays over people in need
  • Prayer Chain – Individuals “on call” to pray when requests are received
  • Prayer Walk – Groups walk through a designated area of St. Marys while praying for God to work in our schools, in the lives of those living in homes and apartments and in community businesses.

Kitchen Team – Prepares food for various church events
Photographer – Takes pictures at various events for use in services or other venues

Children’s Ministry – see Pam Wendel for more information

Children’s Sunday School – Provides creative discipleship and fellowship during Sunday School on Sunday mornings (preschool ages 2-5 and Kindergarten – 5th grade)

KIDS’ Church – Provides teaching and fellowship for children during the contemporary worship celebration.

COOL Worship – Provides fellowship, discipleship and musical opportunities for children on Wednesday evenings from September to May

Nursery – Provides care and supervision for ages 0-3 yrs during church events

Vacation Bible School –

  • Leader
  • Helper
  • Support personnel

Student Ministry – See Phil Downs for more information

Jr. High Sunday School teacher – Adults who help lead 6th-8th grade teens in Biblical understanding on Sunday mornings
Sr. High Sunday School teacher – Adults who help lead 9th–12th grade teens in Biblical understanding on Sunday mornings
Youth Team – Adults interested in joining our team of youth leaders
Confirmation Mentor – Partners, as an adult guide, with a student through their confirmation journey

Adult Discipleship – Call the church office for more information

Small Group Leader – Provides leadership for a small group, facilitates discussions and coordinates service projects under supervision of Small Groups director.
Small Group Host – Hosts and provides hospitality for a small group in partnership with a small group leader
Sunday School Teacher – Leads class, facilitates discussion, chooses curriculum, etc.

Worship Ministry Teams

AWAKEN Band – Musicians and vocalists who provide music for the contemporary worship celebration – See Josh Barnes.
Chancel Choir – Choral group that sings for traditional worship celebrations September – May; see Darryl Smith.


Media Team                                                                       

  • Creates the slideshows/videos for worship celebrations/events
  • Runs projection/video/lighting for worship celebrations/events

Audio/Video Team – Runs sound and provides A/V recording, editing and production; see Joe Hurlburt
Stewards – Provides communion preparation for worship celebrations; see Lynn Persinger.
Greeters – Welcomes people attending all worship celebrations; see Lynn Persinger.
Ushers – Receives offerings and attends to congregation during worship celebrations; see Lynn Persinger.
Lay Speaker – Completes training and provides pulpit supply for circuit as needed
First Light Liturgist – Assists Pastors leading Sunday worship celebrations by reading liturgy, scripture, etc.

Mission Teams – Call the church office for more information

Grace Community Dinner – Join a team to serve meals on Wednesday afternoon at Grace UMC. Work in meal prep, serving, bagging, clean-up or conversing with people being served. For more information, call Becky Lybarger at 419-629-2326.

Agape – Offers various types of assistance for families in need, including food, clothing and utility payments. Volunteers can assist clients on food distribution days, restock pantry shelves, organize stored goods, unload trailers on delivery days, mow grass and perform occasional minor maintenance tasks. For more information, call Agape at 419-394-8700.

Family Life Center –Offers support and resources to crisis pregnancy mothers. For specific service opportunities, call 419-300-9756.

RACKs – Random Acts of Christian Kindness are lived out in our community

Our Daily Bread – This free meal in downtown Lima if offered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and noon. Volunteers help with meal prep, serving, clean-up, unload trucks, organize shelves and assist guests with basic needs, such as getting the meal, finding clothing, offering a listening ear and encouragement or possibly prayer.

Wayne Street Builders – Helps with various construction projects for those in need.  Contact Jim and Angie Myers for more information.

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Painting
  • General labor

Lower Lights Ministries –Located in the inner-city of Columbus, this ministry serves families in need with numerous ministries, including food, construction, after school tutoring as well as medical and dental clinics. In addition, Rachel’s House provides a home and support for women transitioning from incarceration back into society. Join a team to paint, perform landscaping and other general maintenance projects.

Haiti Missions – In partnership with the HIS Home for Children orphanage, teams travel to Port au Prince serving in general maintenance and time playing with children.

Spirit Lake Indian Reservation – Teams travel to North Dakota to serve members of the Dakota Tribe by performing light construction and maintenance on homes as well as the ministry center.

Office Support – See Diane Menchhofer for more information 

  • Assemble bulletins
  • Mass Mailing Assembly Team