Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to providing a meal to a family in need.  There are many opportunities to be involved at First Church.



The music ministry at First United Methodist Church is open to all people of any age group or musical interest.  God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our Praise Band or Choir ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Choirs meet from late August until early June.  You are welcome to join any time throughout the year, and no prior choir or musical experience is required! 

Thursday Nights:

Bell Ringers– 
(English Handbell choir, high school and adult)
6:00PM until 7:00PM in the Sanctuary.
Sanctuary Choir –
(adult four-part choir)
7:15PM until 8:30PM in the Sanctuary.
Sunday School Teachers
Sunday School teachers are one of the most in demand positions with awesome benefits!  We love having new leaders for Sunday school classes for all ages! Want to test the waters? We would be happy to partner you with another teacher to lead kids or adults. This is an incredible way to learn God’s word. When we prepare to teach, we encounter His word differently and allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide!
ROCKids is a fun way to be in ministry with the children and families who are our neighbors at the Pekin Housing Authority. ROCKids meets at the Community Building at Pekin Housing.  We bring Christ to kids through games, crafts, lessons, food, fellowship, and fun!

We also go on special field trips with the kids.  These field trips have included golf with the Bradley golf team, a tour of the local fire station and police department, and a trip to Ackerman Farm in Morton.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are recorded to our YouTube channel. We also maintain a Facebook page for additional church communication. If this is an area that you would like to become more involved in, please call the church office (309) 347-3155 and let us know!
Children’s Church Volunteers
Our largest growth in attendance is happening right now, and we would love your help leading our kids during our 10:50 worship! We leave after the Children’s message and return during the final song. While Pastor is delivering a powerful message, we help the kids engage with music, scripture and activities intended to help them connect with God’s word in a bunch of new ways!
Feast at First
Feast at First continues serving meals 11:00 –12:30 the first Sat. of every month.  The meal is free to anyone in our community.  In addition to providing a meal and Christian fellowship, many of our guests have shared prayer requests with us and have trusted us to pray with and for them.  
We have been blessed by faithful workers who feel blessed by serving others. You are welcome to join in the wonderful fellowship we have with each other while cooking, serving,and cleaning up. No need to sign up…just come!
Snack Packs
 Many children who receive free or reduced priced school meals are left without adequate nutrition on the weekends. The Pekin Outreach Initiative’s Weekend Snack Pack Program hopes to fill this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, easy to prepare foods to children at risk of hunger. First United Methodist Church of Pekin has partnered with POI to help serve the children at Dirksen School. Snack packs are discreetly distributed to children every Friday afternoon. You are welcome to come and help pack snack packs with us!  There are also many other ways to be involved in this ministry.
 If you would like to be involved of any of these ministries, or if you have questions please contact us by filling in the information below:

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