“Pray continually.” – 1 Thess. 5:17
Ways to Plug In
The choir rehearses at 7:00 pm Wednesday in the choir loft (second floor of the administration building) to prepare for Sunday Worship. The choir’s singing follows the school calendar (August-May). For Christmas and Easter, the choir is often joined by an orchestra. Members are welcome to volunteer their musical talent at any time of the year. Contact Chrissy Hamilton, Director of Music.
Our family ministry coordinators plan events throughout the year for inter-generational gatherings. Be on the lookout here and in the daily e-news for more information.
Stephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization. Its main activity is the training of Stephen Ministers, capable of accompanying those who are facing some crisis in life, for instance, illness, death of a loved one, divorce, relocation, or financial setback.
AMP (Adult Ministry Programs) meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 12:15 in the Fellowship hall for a light lunch and a short program. All adults are welcome. Please check the daily e-news and bulletin for announcement of these events.
United Methodist Men
The purpose of the United Methodist Men is helping men to grow in Christ, so others can know Christ.
The Martin First United Methodist Men are an active group who meet at 6:45 am on the first and third Wednesday of each month for breakfast and a devotion in the Fellowship Hall. In addition to these weekly meetings, the Methodist Men also participate in a number of annual projects such as collecting $25,000 for Hunters for the Hungry, Potato Drops for the Society of St. Andrew (which benefited WeCare Ministries and Reelfoot Rural Ministries), collecting funds and eyeglasses for Project 20/20, purchasing Bible Kits for troops in Iraq, visiting shut-ins, and co-hosting the Prayer Breakfast for the Soybean Festival. The United Methodist Men contribute greatly to the mission of Martin First United Methodist Church. Please join us on the first and third Wednesdays at 6:45 am!
We believe it is not enough to be a “member” of a church. God is asking more of us “for the living of these days.” To this end, we are seeking to recover our Wesleyan heritage of “class meetings” or “covenant groups” which meet regularly in small numbers to give account of “how it is with our souls.” As Sunday School classes are usually curriculum-based, so covenant groups are opportunities to “watch over one another in love.” Their focus isn’t church membership but discipleship, “learning Christ” (Eph. 3:20). More information is available by calling the church office and speaking with Karastin Freese.
There are various studies offered during the seasons of the year, i.e., Lenten studies, Advent studies. These offerings will be listed in the “What’s Happening” section on the website as well as in the e-news and bulletin.
United Methodist Women/United Women in Faith
The United Methodist Women/United Women in Faith have a long standing history in doing mission work. From making baby caps to collecting health kits, United Methodist Women are constantly mission minded in the their fellowship. The UMW also hosts district studies, an annual unit brunch, and supports a reading program for its members.
Remember UMW/UWF is for you!
The Laura Wells Circle meets the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor.
The Ann McKenzie Circle meets the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m.in the fellowship hall.
The Open JOY Circle meetings to be announced.
If you are interested in joining a circle, please contact our church office (731-587-2689) and we can put you in touch with their contact person.
Our monthly communion offering supports ministries and mission work, both local and international. In 2022, we are supporting the following ministries: We Care Ministries, Weakley County Backpack, Reelfoot Rural Ministries, Building a Church in East Congo Annual Conference, the World Vision 30 Hour Famine Retreat; Golden Cross (ministry to the elderly), Grace Place United Methodist Church (a church within a women’s prison), Lakeshore Retreat Center, Project 20/20, UMCOR disaster relief, and Hunters for the Hungry.