We believe changed lives are at the heart of Christian way. When we follow Jesus we are constantly being transformed – transformed increasingly into more committed followers of Jesus. So we seek to live faithfully, and by doing so we are transformed into more faithful followers though God’s Spirit active in our pursuit of faithfulness. At Second Avenue UMC there are many ways to grow through living faithfully and thereby to experience Christ’s transforming power. For more information on any of the following ministries or missional activities, please contact the church office to get in touch with the mission/ministry coordinator.
GROWTH THROUGH SERVING OTHERS
Hope Chest – Clothing Drive to serve our neighbors in need.
Mission Trip – Each year we focus on a week-long mission trip where we live together in community while working on various work projects. We attempt to put faithful living into direct practice as we live in community together.
The ROCK (Reaching Out for Christ’s Kids) – This after school program meets each Wednesday night from 4:30PM-7:00PM during the school year. This program has grown tremendously over the years and serves roughly 60-75 kids each week in K-12th grades. In addition to providing recreation, learning, nutritional opportunities, the ROCK provides mentor opportunities for the children. Volunteers are always needed for this important community ministry!
GROWTH THROUGH SERVING IN MINISTRY
Childrens’ Ministry – Caring volunteers are always needed and welcome to support, guide and instruct our children during our various children and youth activities. Children are the hope of the future. Opportunities are available during Sunday School, Junior Church, Toddler Group, and Vacation Bible School. We have nursery opportunities, and spiritual growth opportunities for all kids ages K-12th grade.
Youth Ministry – Our youth are important. We have a committed team of youth counselors who gather our youth every Sunday night for times of recreation, prayer, learning, and sharing.. Typically Jr high meets 4-5:30 pm on Sunday and Sr high meets 6-8pm on Sunday. We are also often combined to take field trips. For more information on our Youth Ministry, please contact Pastor Bob Ryder.
Music Ministry Team – This team leads us in musical moments of worship during worship services.
Drama Team – This team practices and utilizes elements of drama that compliment the overall message and theme of the worship service.
Dance Team – We can praise God in many ways. The dance team offers a unique way of encouraging freedom in worship and also adds another element of meaning in our worship experience.
Greeters – These individuals welcome people into worship and also provide helpful information to those coming into the service. Greeters are positioned both inside the church and outside to help anyone in need as they join us in worship.
Scripture Readers – These individuals share in the reading of God’s word before the entire congregation during the service each week.
Altar Committee – This team assists with appropriate decoration and preparation within the worship space each week depending upon the message being shared in the worship time. Much of the work done on this team is done behind the scenes.
Sound Team – These individuals oversee the entire sound quality of the worship service and assist with audio equipment as needed. This team assists the music, dance, and drama teams in both rehearsal and worship times.
Worship Planning Team – Each week this group gathers to discuss, pray, and envision future worship gatherings. Each worship service is planned, evaluated and prayed for by this team of individuals.
Video and Media Team – These individuals assist with the video element at worship services including operating the power point presentations and assisting with video equipment.
Web Design and Maintenance – This is a growing need in our worship time. Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s online presence has shown its importance in reaching seekers of Christ and providing information on our vision and events to both seekers and beleivers.
Prayer Team – Prayer is the cornerstone of what we are about. Be part of our prayer team by joining us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm for OXYGEN
GROWTH THROUGH COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Block Party – Each August we organize a community-wide block party. This event requires the help of the entire church body as it involves a yard sale, food for sale, baked goods sale, street games, silent auctions, and much much more.
Nurture and Senior Services – Each week various opportunities exist for our seniors, including a weekly Wednesday morning Bible study, Wednesday morning breakfast gatherings, and Thursday morning fellowship opportunities. We also encourage visitation teams for shut-ins, hospital patients, and those in need. Additionally, we provide meals to anyone in need, whether health-related or distress-related.
Witness/Outreach – This ministry team focuses on meeting, loving, and relating to our neighbors in meaningful ways. We attempt to share Christ through meaningful relationships.
Community Restoration – This team of individuals explores all of the “hands on” opportunities that can occur in our immediate community. Whether fix-up projects, clean-up projects, resource sharing, tutoring sessions, or simply meeting with our neighbors, this team helps us to live out Jesus in tangible ways with those who need a touch of Christ’s love.
Lenten Dinners – Each Lenten season the church shares in Lenten dinners on Friday nights from 4:30PM-7PM. These dinners have become a local phenomenon in which hundreds of people from the community and the church come together to fellowship and to raise financial support our youth ministry.
Just For Today – (Narcotics Anonymous) Tuesdays from 7:30-9pm in the Elevation Room.
Love Feast – A FREE meal is served to anyone in need. Between 100 to 180 people receive this meal. Area churches take turns providing the supplies and labor needed. This is a “sit down” meal to make our guests feel special. Gift bags are given to each person as they leave. Second Ave. church provides this meal twice a year. Dates will be announced.