Volunteer

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

Larchmont UMC has a history of active community involvement.  These volunteer activities are part of the mission of our church to help our Community thrive.  The Missions Committee is a part of the Church Council and is responsible for organizing, coordinating and completing mission activities and projects which give members of the congregation the opportunity to use their gifts and graces to help others. Many of these ministries provide opportunities for hands-on involvement, while others we support monetarily based upon the committee's budget.  There is always a need and we invite anyone in the community to join us on these projects or others.
Our activities and projects include:
  • Union Mission.  The Union Mission Ministries is a Norfolk based organization that serves the homeless and poor within the city and surrounding areas. The Missions team coordinates monthly support of the Mission with volunteer teams serving midday meals one day a month.  www.unionmissionministries.org.   
  • Worship Leader. Please consider signing up to serv e as a Worship Leader for the 10:30 service. The online signup sheet is available at  https://volunteersignup.org/PKABM or contact Audra Mitchell with any questions at 757- 679-8480. 
  • Rise Against Hunger.  This local non profit has international impact with feeding programs.  LUMC Missions team has committed to an annual RAH event.  Scheduled the week before Lent we coordinate the volunteers and site set up for the food preparation event. 
  • Kits For Conference.   Each year we participate in the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference call for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)emergency supplies.  Recently we have focused on UMCOR Hygiene Kits, though historically we have donated other kits. The purpose of the kits is to provide necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. In the past few years year we purchased items as well as called for donations. The items required for each kit are listed on the UMCOR website:  www.umcmission.org/umcor/serve/relief-supply-network/hygiene-kit  
  • The Food Locker.   Every second Sunday non-pershable items are placed in a grocery cart and then cataloged and stored for distribution to those experiencing hunger and food insecurity.  The Larchmont UMC Food Locker has been an ongoing project for many years.  
  •  Pumpkin Patch.   Each October the Missions Team coordinates the LUMC Pumpkin Patch.  The funding from this event goes to LUMC to assist in paying our connectionals, usually the Global Ministries.  The funding from the bake sale goes to the LUMC Missions Committee.  Volunteer groups for offloading including ODU sororities fraternities and teams, the scouts and members of the LUMC congregation.
  • Church World Service Blanket Drive.  This program has been supported for decades at LUMC.  Designed to raise funds to support the donations of blankets to those in need.  cwsblankets.org    | info@cwsglobal.org 
  • FORKIDS.  We provide meals for those people who are in the FORKIDS (www.forkids.org/about-us ) programs.  Our goal is to provide 75 portions of soups or casseroles monthly.
  •  Nursing Home Ministry.   We sponsor residents of a local nursing home by providing Christmas presents and small treats throughout the year in addition to companionship.
  • Monroe School.  We sponsor a nearby local elementary school, supplying backpacks, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other items children and teachers need.  We encourage members to actively participate with students and teachers in the classroom reading and helping mentor children.

Volunteer

Opportunites abound to work with others serving our community.  Get involved!  Call 757  489 8168 and we will connect you with a project of your choosing.

Serve in our church

Use your unique gifts to help build the Kingdom.

Many heads, hearts, and hands are needed to make our worship experience fulfilling.  A vibrant music program is always looking for new talent or someone who just likes to sing joyfully.  Our technology team welcomes those with a few computer skills to help with the online streaming.  The sanctuary needs attention to lighting and altar preparations for those who like organizing.  Greeters, ushers, and counters are all welcome to serve.  

Volunteer FAQ

How do I volunteer?

Talk with our Outreach Director or call our office at 757 489 8168.

Can I volunteer with kids?

We have a vibrant childrens' programs.  Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, Youth classes, Beacon Youth programs...that all need adult guidance.   Come join the fun.

Can I volunteer with music?

The Music Ministry at Larchmont is one of the most active and respected of any in Hampton Roads.   The Chancel Choir provides worship leadership at the 10:30 service every Sunday year round,
Although this choir sings some advanced music, most of our repertoire is “user friendly”, and we have members of literally all musical abilities, from beginner to professional, and everyone is invited to come and sing with us!

The Larchmont Ringers is open to Youth and Adults, and we have a couple of spots open just for you! Some music reading experience is helpful (not too much….you only have two hands!). They rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30.

Questions about volunteering?

We love to clarify volunteering requirements. Please reach out if you still have questions.