Each year, the congregation is invited to consider how God is calling them to commit of their time, talent, and treasure. There are many ways to participate in the church, including serving in missional outreach with the community, serving in the life of the church at WSUMC, and in growing in your discipleship and joining in fellowship in small groups. You’ll find a description of each opportunity below. Once you have had a chance to read through the many ways to engage, you’re invite to indicate your interests by filling out the online Time and Talent Commitment form. To commit to giving financially for the coming year, you’re invited to fill out online Financial Commitment form.
Missional Outreach – Community Ministries
- ALIVE! – Furniture Delivery
ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically serves over 12,000 Alexandrians annually. WSUMC helps with furniture delivery two months each year.
- ALIVE! – Food Distribution
ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically serves over 12,000 Alexandrians annually. WSUMC helps provide volunteers the last Saturday of each month for food distribution.
- Carpenter’s Shelter – Saturday Meal Program
On the 2nd Saturday of each month (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), we work with the Carpenter’s Shelter, a local homeless shelter at the corner of Henry and First Streets in Alexandria. Meal volunteers are responsible for providing, preparing, serving and cleaning up meals for approximately 75 people.
- Open Table Breakfast Ministry
Alexandria’s first walk-in breakfast program, Open Table, serves the community on Monday and Friday mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m. providing the opportunity to gather for breakfast and fellowship. While many guests are homeless, all are welcome to join in community over the shared breakfast table.
- Rising Hope UMC – Volunteer
Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church is a United Methodist mission church serving primarily the poor who live and work along the Route 1 corridor south of Alexandria. They are in need of volunteers year round to help with their food pantry, clothes closet, and other seasonal events.
- Jefferson Houston PreK-8 Support
Offer leadership and coordination for year-round support of teachers, staff, administration, and families at Jefferson Houston. Christmas Gift collections for Jefferson Houston School of Calculators and School Uniforms.
- Christmas Stockings for Safe Haven
Make and fill Christmas stockings for residents of Safe Haven.
- Christmas Angel Tree
Offer support for the Angel Tree gifts that support the ministry of Rising Hope UMC in Alexandria. Not only do we need people to take angel tags and purchase gifts, we also need additional support for last minute shopping, transportation, and tracking which gifts have already been returned.
- Alexandria Arts Festival
The Alexandria Arts Festival takes place one weekend each fall, and hundreds of artists will be on display down King Street. The church opens its doors to pass out water bottles, sell baked goods, offer a children’s art and craft opportunity, and give tours of the historic building.
- First Night Alexandria
First Night Alexandria is a family friendly New Year’s Eve (December 31st) event. WSUMC opens its doors to the community to serve as a venue for entertainment groups. We will need official volunteers to assist as hosts, provide/serve refreshments. In addition to hosting the Alexandria Singers in the Sanctuary from 7-11pm, Washington Street UMC will host a New Year’s Eve Countdown for children and their families. Children who can’t stay up the whole night can still participate in a fun New Year’s Eve Celebration! In preparation for the New Year’s Countdown, children will have an opportunity to make noise makers, have celebratory snacks and apple juice, have their face painted, and enjoy some festive music. Then, we will ring in the New Year’s with a countdown leading up to an 8pm New Year’s Cheer! Additional volunteers are needed to help make this special children’s New Year’s Countdown a success.
Serve at WSUMC – Church Ministries
- Children’s Church Teacher
Children’s Church provides an educational lesson for children during the time of the sermon on Sundays and is designed for children up to 12 years of age, and the children have a lesson and activity, and then return to the Sanctuary following the sermon. Two teachers each Sunday.
- Children’s Worship Center Support
The Children’s Worship Center, located at the back of the Sanctuary, offers children a variety of ways to be engaged in worship. The Children’s Worship Center Helpers ensure there supplies are stocked for worship each week. They also change out coloring sheets seasonally.
- Student Ministry Mentor
The Student Ministry seeks to connect our Middle and High School students with God and with one another. We seek to help our students have a place to belong, and to share in community as disciples of Christ with all who participate in this community of faith.
- WSUMC Preschool Support / Reader
Preschool Support are those who want to chaperone Preschool field trips, serve as substitute teachers for the Preschool, and help with Preschool events and fundraisers.
Preschool Readers are those who may be retired and have daytime availability to come to the Preschool and read books to the children’s classes each month.
- Meal Train Ministry
The Meal Train Ministry offers support to families in times of transition and times of need. Servants in the Meal Train Ministry cook and deliver meals when the meal provider or a family member is ill or has had surgery, families who are grieving and families who are celebrating a new child.
- Usher on Sundays
The Ushers serve each Sunday morning in worship. Ushers greet worshippers as they arrive in the Sanctuary, hand out bulletins, help with acolytes, and collect the morning offering. They also offer their service to help in other ways for seasonal worship services, weddings, and funerals.
- Participate in the Music Ministry
The Ministry of Music at WSUMC is an ever evolving and growing process. We are an open group, always hoping that we will be blessed by an expanding circle of friendship, music, and service through worship leadership! Not a singer?! No problem! If you’d rather not sing, let’s think about an exercise in RHYTHM: handbells!
- Participate in Children’s Music Ministry
The children’s choir is an ensemble on a mission: to explore our voices and learn how and why our voice is so important to singing God’s praise! Through games, movement, rhythm activities, warms-ups, cool-downs, song and prayer, we will sing a new song and make a splendid joyful noise!
- Serve Communion in Worship
The Communion Servers serve each week in worship to offer the bread and juice to others during communion.
- Acolyte / Candle Lighter for Worship
The Acolytes serve in worship by bringing the candle light into the Sanctuary, assisting with baptisms, and helping serve communion. Acolytes are often children ages 8-18, but adults may help too.
- Grounds Keeper / Landscape Support
The Grounds Keepers / Landscape Supporters help with the beatufication of the exterior of the WSUMC property. They keep the plants in the front of the building and in the playground area thriving throughout the year, removing and planting new flowers as seasonally required.
- Office Support / Clerical Help
Those providing Office Support / Clerical Help at WSUMC offer their time to assist with administrative and clerical office work as requested throughout the year. Tasks could include folding bulletins, stuffing envelopes, or any number of other seasonal tasks.
- Hospitality Food Support
The Hospitatlity Food Support servants help set-up coffee and snacks for worship on Sundays. They also help coordinate community meals and potluck dinners throughout the year. These individuals also help from time to time with events hosted at WSUMC.
- Audio / Video Technician
The A/V Technicians are unpaid servants who assist with worship and special events at WSUMC. They are trained to operate the Sanctuary sound system and the video screens in the Café and Fellowship Hall.
- Greeter for Worship and Special Services
The Greeter is the first point of contact at WSUMC. Greeters serve as the welcoming party on Sunday mornings and for other special events.
- Offering Counter
The Sunday Counting Ministry serves on Sunday mornings and helps at special worship services throughout the year. The Counters account for and label financial donations that are received in worship and throughout the week. They also assist the Financial Administrator by preparing deposit slips.
- Liturgist / Scripture Reader for Worship
The Liturgist assists in leading worship each Sunday. They lead the call to worship, corporate prayers, and read the scripture passage during worship. On occasion, the Liturgist will also be asked to lead the welcome and announcements in the case the Pastor is out of town.
Small Group Opportunities
What small groups would you like more information on to help grow in your discipleship?
- Midweek Prayer
The Sanctuary is open each Wednesday from 12:30pm – 1pm for a person time of silence and prayer. Those gathered are then invited into to pray corporately for congregational and community concerns.
- Hal Fisher Sunday School
The Hal Fisher Adult Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. One-time or returning visitors are welcome!
- Women’s Bible Study
A new women’s bible study will begin meeting in January. If you’re interested in joining, and sharing with other Christian women as you study God’s word, sign up!
- Mom’s Group
Moms of children of all ages get together to do small service projects and have social gatherings, as well as plan for future children’s activities.
- Grace Circle
Women of all ages join together for lively discussions and small service projects.
- Wesley Covenant Group
A small group formed around the historical framework of Wesleyan Class Meetings. The group meets on a regular basis throughout the year.
- More than Books Group
“More Than Books Group” meets to discuss books and movies we are reading/viewing. Times and locations of meetings vary.
- One Day / Seasonal Bible or Book Studies
We offer short-term studies at different times throughout the year. These studies are often thought up and led by members of the church with a specific passion or desire to learn. The format may be discussion based or lecture. If you are curious to know more about the stories of the Bible, or engage in a book study on an important topic, these One Day and Seasonal Studies are for you!