Sunday mornings involves many people to create the worship experience. If you wish to be part of a team on a rotational basis, please contact the church office.
Alter guild – assists with decorating for the holidays
Communion stewards – assists with preparing communion elements
Communion servers – persons are train to assist with serving the elements
Greeters – help open doors and welcome all with a smile
Ushers – hand out bulletins and assist members on Sunday mornings
Tech support – help lend a hand running computer projection and lights during worship
Children & Youth Ministry Volunteers
Our Children and Youth ministries would not exist without the support of fantastic volunteers. There are always plenty of ways for you to plug in depending on your skill level, desire to be out in front or work behind the scenes, and the time commitment you have to offer. If you would like to talk with someone about volunteer opportunities with our Children and Youth ministries, please contact either Tracy Vermillion, Director of Children Ministries, or Jon Ellegood, Director of Youth Ministries.
Please be aware that all volunteers who work directly with children or youth at ZUMC must complete a background check and participated in a Child Protection Policy training session.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
The Stephen Series, also called “Stephen Ministry,” provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers–called Stephen Ministers–in the congregation.
Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. Since 1975, the Stephen Ministries organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped more than 11,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry. These congregations represent more than 150 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries.
Quote from a Stephen Minister: “I am a Stephen Minister because God asked me to be one. I asked him, “Why me?” but I haven’t yet received an answer. Being a Stephen Minister has changed my perspective and my focus when communicating with others. I no longer offer suggestions unless I am specifically asked for them. I count on God to guide my words and acknowledge that I cannot possibly understand what others are going through.”
The Stephen Ministry Difference
With Stephen Ministry:
- Pastors don’t carry the burden of being the congregation’s sole caregivers. They have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.
- Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and caregiving gifts in meaningful ministry–serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.
- People who are hurting no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.
- Congregations have a practical, powerful way to:”Equip God’s people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)
- “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)
- “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
- “Go make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)
Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry
People Who Need Care :
- Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
- Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
- Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
- Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of crisis, when many others have forgotten about them
- Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister
Stephen Ministry Needs YOU!
- Learn how to demonstrate Christ’s healing presence in an indifferent and stressful world.
- Learn how to effectively pay attention to and appreciate others in a loving, open manner that conveys acceptance and understanding.
- Learn to provide emotional and spiritual care to those who are hurting or struggling, staying present to God’s word and will in your conversations.
If empathy and caring is your “cup of tea”, then Stephen Ministry is for you.
To refer someone you know who is hurting, please call Stephen Ministry Leaders Delma Mindel, 317-417-8461; Terry Schirm, 317-372-8565; or Dianne Studebaker,
Music abounds at ZUMC and we encourage you to take part in the many options offered. Look over these choices and share your talent with ZUMC…no need to read music to join!
Praise Team – For those who love to sing. This team helps lead the congregational singing at our 9:30 a.m. service. Rehearsals are Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. Join the worship leader in leading God’s people in Sunday worship at 9:30 am. This choir is open to anyone 13+ who loves to sing.
Chancel Choir – Leads at the 10:45 am worship and in special services throughout the year. Singing a wide range of music from classical to hymns to urban gospel.
We are open our arms to anyone with a desire for fellowship, singing, and to be a part of a very special time in the life of our church. You do not need to know how to read music. Fellow choir members and the music staff will help. We rehearse Thursday evenings from 7:00- 8:30pm in the choir room and Sundays from 9:00-9:30 am. We sing and worship at 10:45 am. Questions? Contact Laura Brueckmann 858-0648.
Christmas Musical – Performed annually during the Christmas season. Please contact Tracy Vermillion (email@example.com) for more information.
Handbells – Our bell choir plays throughout the year for Sunday worship and special services. A full set of five-octave handbells provides opportunity for a broad range of musical expression through this talented group of musicians. Persons with instrumental, ensemble, or piano experience are encouraged to check into this unique choral experience. Bells perform approximately one Sunday a month with a few special performances here and in the community throughout the year. There is no experience required and all are welcome to give bells a try! The Bell Team rehearses Monday nights at 7:00-8:00pm and childcare is provided. Our practice room is behind the sanctuary. For more information contact Jill Congdon.
Pastoral Care Team
This ministry has been created to extend acts of care and compassion to those in our church and community. We wish to provide care and encouragement to all in our church family who need a gentle touch. This care may come in the form of a note, call, hospital/ home visit, meal or prayer. The CCT family is dedicated to offering genuine care to all in our church that are in the season of need. If you have a care concern, please contact Jennifer Hicks.
Our Church office could not run without our volunteers! They answer phones, make photocopies, greet newcomers, and offer a warm smile to all they encounter. This may be your special niche. If you are gifted in or enjoy the preceding tasks, please contact the church office.
It is privilege to pray with and for people in the body of Christ. Our prayer ministry is a community given to prayer over the needs and requests of people in our community. If you have a request to share please complete the contact form below.