Use your talents for
education and spiritual formation
At First Church, nurturing and growing our faith is an important and ongoing part of the journey toward finding and understanding God.
Because we are all at different places in our spiritual lives, First Church seeks to provide a variety of educational opportunities. But, we rely on members of our faith community to provide the structure and support for programs that will help each of us on our journey.
Would you be willing to teach Sunday School, go on a youth mission trip, help to plan the adult education programs, or volunteer for Vacation Bible School? We have many opportunities for you to get involved.
Your presence, skills, time are greatly appreciated. It will be good for you and good for others too.
Children and Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Teach Children and Youth
If you love to work with children or youth, consider teaching Sunday School. Don't worry about having teaching experience or needing to put together a program, our staff will work closely with you to make your involvement a positive (and easy) experience.
Be a Children's Council member
Children's Council is a group of parents and teachers of our young children (up to grade 5). We look at our children's ministry program to determine what new and exciting things we can bring to the ministry that will enhance the experience for our young ones.
Be a Youth Council member
The Youth Council is a combination of youth, parents, and other church members who are interested in creating a vision and developing programming for the youth program. The Council meets monthly for an hour to collaborate on how to:
- Identify and fulfill the needs of youth
- Strengthen the youth program by widening the reach and including more youth and congregation members
- Incorporate more holistic and expansive ideas and activities into the strategy of the youth ministry program
- Plan and execute events that support the vision
- Help the Student Planning Team
Van Dyke/Alton Scholarship Committee
The Van Dyke/Alton Scholarship Committee is made up of seven church members, including a chair, who oversee and administer the scholarship program. Members serve indefinite terms. The committee meets a minimum of twice a year to perform the following functions:
- Review scholarship categories and criteria, and make adjustments as needed
- Review funds available for distribution in a given year
- Solicit applications in the various categories, as appropriate
- Determine recipients and amounts to be awarded in June (high school seniors) and November (post-high school students)
- Meet with church staff to evaluate the church’s youth programs and the role the scholarship program plays
Adult Spiritual Formation Opportunities
Small group leaders, teachers, mentors, and members of planning teams are needed for all adult education and spiritual formation opportunities. If you’re interested please contact Dr. Mark Fowler.
The Prayer Team of First Church receives and holds in confidence prayer requests from members and friends of the congregation. If you would like to be part of the team to offer prayers from the privacy of your home, or if you have prayer requests to submit to the team, please contact team leader, Sue Eagle.
The Lyons Lecture committee chooses the yearly speaker, plans for and executes all details and publicity for the event. The committee meets several times a year. For more information about joining this team, contact Doug Knudson.
The David P. Lyons Lecture
This program was established to honor the memory and ministry of Rev. David Lyons. Each spring, a distinguished scholar is invited to share insight and understandings in the areas related to theology, biblical interpretation, religious history, and spirituality. Grounded in a deep and abiding faith, Rev. Lyons opened windows and doors for seeing and knowing God outside the usual human parameters defining God. This lecture series continues in the spirit of that quest.