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WE ARE SENT TO SERVE


Looking to use your talents and desires to serve?
We have many places you can get invloved.
Find the place that is right for you.


At First Church, we believe that God gives everyone gifts and talents to use for His glory. We want to help you to share the skills that you have with His believers for His kingdom.

On this page, you will see places where we are currently looking for volunteers or helpers of all ages to help us serve others. If any category on this page resonates with you, we would love to encourage you to please check out the contact page below so that we can give you more information about each of these ministries.

We hope that there is a way we can help you find a spot where you fit. Please note, if there is a place where you feel you would fit best that is not on this page, please let us know!

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Buddy Break

Buddy Break is a free respite care program where children with special needs and their siblings have fun and make new friends. Parents and caregivers get a much-needed break from the ongoing responsibilities of caregiving for a child with special needs. All children, ages 6 months to 18 years, have the opportunity to come play and make new friends. We match each child with her or her own specially trained Buddy for the day to maintain the highest levels of care and safety.

Hospitality Ministry

The Hospitality Ministry serves First Church with a focus on making certain that all who enter our church building feel the love of Christ and the welcome of our congregation.

Greeters: Greeters are the welcoming team that warmly greets everyone with a handshake and a smile as their enter our church on their way into our worship service.

Fellowship Ministries

Fellowship Ministries provides church members with the opportunity to develop closer relations with fellow Christians through a relaxed coffee time after each worship service. It is our intent that through fellowship we will not only strengthen but also develop friendships within our church community. The purpose of this group is to just get better acquainted and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Mobile Food Truck

This ministry started in 2014 and is provided to members of the community. Food is offered to all who want it and a host is used to assist the participants around the truck. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and food distribution is 2:00-4:00 p.m. A light meal is provided for the participants while they wait in Wesley Hall.


Friday Food Drop-Off

Established in 2015, this ministry has been set up with the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB). NIFB collects food from local grocery stores and delivers the food to the Nunda Township, 3518 Bay Road, Crystal Lake. Food from local grocery stores is distributed every Friday (except holidays) starting at 11 AM at Nunda Township, 3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry

The Crystal Lake Food Pantry, which is operated by First Church and 18 other churches, has outgrown its home on King Street. It is about to move into a much larger building at the intersection of East Street and Crystal Lake Avenue.

The larger space will now let the Pantry better serve its current clients. The long-term plan is to help many additional McHenry County families who need more food.

Funeral Reception Ministry

Funeral Reception Ministry is to offer to members of our congregation food for a reception at the church or at the home of the member following the funeral. This ministry has members of our congregation that have volunteered to bring food or assist with the reception.

Nursing Home Ministry

Our Nursing Home Ministry ministers to the residents of Crystal Pines Nursing Home at 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month and to the residents of The Fountains Retirement/Nursing Home at 10:00 a.m. on the fifth Thursday of those months that have a fifth Thursday.

The service consists of singing many familiar songs along with a short message, prayer, and celebration of monthly birthdays. All are welcome to assist in this very meaningful ministry.


Acolytes

Children 2nd grade through 6th grade have the opportunity to help in our Cornerstone worship service. After a short, one time training the children are placed on a schedule to carry the light into the Sanctuary at the beginning of the worship service before heading to their kids ministry. They usually serve once a month or every 6 weeks or so.

Ushers

This is an important role in welcoming members and guests into worship each week. The role of an usher is to welcome individuals as they come into the Sanctuary, make sure they have a bulletin and finding a seat if necessary. Always being aware of individuals arriving late and being ready to serve where needed. The other responsibility is collecting the offering each week as well. This schedule is on a rotation basis.

Greeters

This is an important role in welcoming members and guests into our building each week. The role of an greeter is to be a “host” of our church and welcome individuals with a smile and a friendly greeting when they come in the building. The greeters are most often the first experience individuals have when entering our building for worship each week. This schedule is on a rotation basis.

AV Team

Interesting in getting connected and helping the church community through video or audio? Volunteer to help out in the sound booth. You’ll learn how to work on a sound board or record and connect people to Christ through visual experiences.

From Pro Presenter, live recordings, and podcasts to mic’ing instruments and people and mixing channels for that perfect ‘mix’. Visit the booth to learn more


Wesley Cafe

This is our morning food and fellowship time in our Wesley Hall area. There are many places to serve in this ministry. Helping to pick up the donuts, helping to set up in the mornings, helping to oversee the food and coffee stations during Wesley Cafe’ and helping to tear down and clean. If you volunteer you will be on a rotating schedule to help.

Prayer Chain Ministry

Prayer Chain Ministry is another aspect of Caring Ministries. This e-mail ministry enables the church to respond to immediate prayer needs. Prayers are received via phone, email or written prayer requests and are sent via email to those in the church family who have volunteered to pray for any prayer concerns. Some people also choose to send cards of encouragement to those who have requested prayer.


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If you have a desire to share your gifts and talents with our church and community, please contact us using the form below.

If there is something you would like to do that is not outlined on this page, please don’t hesitate to add a comment and let us know.