Community UMC offers something for everyone. Below are just a few of the many opportunities of how you can get connected.CARING MINISTRY Al Anon meets each Monday evening at 7:30pm. Call the church office to get connected. Stephen Minister – For those looking for one-on-one care will benefit from connecting with a Stephen Minister. Minsters will listen, pray with, and generally care for individuals who would like a deeper connection with a church member. CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Acolytes – Our worship team includes children who serve as acolytes. These helpers wear special robes and assist with lighting the altar candles during our services. Boy Scouts – Each Tuesday evening, Boy Scouts meet at Community UMC. Children’s Worship – Kids, pre-kindergarten through 4th grade, will be dismissed from either the 1st or 2nd service after the children’s message. They will gather upstairs in our children’s center and have a worship service that is geared for them. Children will be taught about God’s love through worship, bible lessons, games, and small group teaching. All of this is led by trusted, caring, and responsible adults. Cub Scouts – Each Monday evening at 6:30pm Cub Scouts meet at Community UMC. Girl Scouts – Each Thursday evening at 3:30pm Girl Scouts meet at Community UMC. Nursery – Nursery is available during both services each Sunday morning for children birth through age 3. Vacation Bible School – For one week each summer, we offer children the opportunity to seek God through games, crafts, music, and lots of fun. DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY Small Groups – A small group is a gathering of people who meet together each week to make new friends, grow spiritually, and have fun. Most group members already attend Community UMC, but sometimes folks visit a group first and then check out Community. Most groups meet either in the church or at homes. There’s a group that’s waiting for you. Contact the church office to get connected. MEN’S MINISTRY United Methodist Men (UMM) – Our United Methodist Men are gentleman who want to grow their relationship with God, with other men, and serve our community. Men meet together for Bible studies and fundraisers to support causes. MISSIONS MINISTRY Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Mission Trip – Each summer, a group of our youth and adults travel to rural Central Appalchia to repair homes for low-income families. This meaningful mission trip brings immediate support to Appalachia’s poorest familes but also changes the lives our team. Blood Drives – Our church sponsors a blood drive every other month on varying days. These drives help to ensure adequate blood supplies are available to residents of West Michigan. Family Promise – Family Promise is a nationwide network of religious congregations that, together, provide shelter, meals, and support to families without homes. We sponsor them financially, through donations, with dinners, and with overnight hosts. MAP – Mission for Area people is a local program that provides food, clothing, and assistance to the underserved in Muskegon. Community UMC works closely with this non-profit supplying them with donations, funding, and volunteers. MUSIC MINISTRY Adult Choir – The adult choir is a non-auditioned community of dedicated adult singers who help lead worship during the school-year months during our 9am service. The choral selections are chosen to complement and enhance worship through music. Praise Team – Our praise team is made up of vocals, keyboard, guitars, and drums. They lead worship during our second service (11am) and use a variety of contemporary worship songs. SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY AgeWell – Every Monday – Friday, from 9am-2pm, our church is open to AgeWell services (formally Meals on Wheels) where seniors gather to eat a healthy lunch and interact with one another through fellowship and activities. Exercise Group – Senior adults meet at the church on Monday and Thursday morning from 8:45-9:30am for group exercise. This is an opportunity to get physically fit and connect with friends. STUDENT MINISTRY Middle school (5th-7th grade) Our leaders are fostering a place for 5th-7th graders to connect with each other while growing a deeper relationship with God. Every Sunday at 6pm, in the fellowship hall, tweens will engage in food, worship, games, & fun. Senior high (8th-12th grade)? Our teens get the unique opportunity each week to eat, listen to music, laugh, discuss, pray, experience creative worship, hear teachings, and serve others. With gifted, creative youth leaders who understand the peaks and pits of being a teen, our youth can experience what it really means to be a follower of Jesus. 8th – 12th grade youth meet each Sunday evening at the church from 6-8pm. WOMEN’S MINISTRY United Methodist Women (UMW) – Our UMW group is a strong team of ladies who work hard at creating a nurturing environment through circle meetings, mission work, and general care for church members. WORSHIP MINISTRY Baptism – We offer baptism for children and adults several times during the year. Communion – The sacrament of Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month. Media – Many services Community UMC incorporate technology to add meaning and relevance to each worship experience. The media team is fortunate to have help from a dedicated group of volunteers who run the sound and video computers behind the scenes. Ushers – Ushers play an important role in welcoming people to worship each Sunday. They distribute bulletins and pass offering plates. Ushers also help when worshipers need special wheelchair access or hearing assistance devices.