"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done" - Proverbs 19:17

Serving Christ here, near, and far away…

Serving others is a fundamental aspect of Christian life at Baker Memorial UMC. All are welcome to participate. Opportunities are listed below.

Recurring Opportunities

Day Guest Lunch  Baker Memorial serves lunch on Tuesday and Thursday to the under-served in St. Charles. Staff and other members attend to build relationships and extend ministry help over a meal. Please sign up to provide either a meal or the groceries. Also, let us know if you would like to become an ongoing volunteer extending Christ’s love to our Day Guests by attending regularly or assisting with rides and other needs.

Sign up and get more information here.

Connections Team  This team is looking for people to greet on Sunday morning, follow-up with visitors, prepare a fellowship hour, and connect with some of the groups that utilize our building. If you are interested, please contact Jayne Scales via email here.

Children’s Recharge  Want to help? You can be a part of this ministry by helping to teach or shepherd on Sunday mornings. Sign up here. Shelly Stienbarger, Director of Children & Family Ministry, will get you pugged in.

Lazarus House Meal  Every second Tuesday of the month, Baker members provide meals for nearby Lazarus House homeless shelter. The entire dinner is cooked and then taken to the shelter. Other members sign up to provide bag lunches. To get connected to the monthly sign up email with dinner donation needs, contact the church office at info@bakermemorialchurch.org.

Northern Illinois Food Bank  A team of volunteers heads to the NIL Food Bank on the third Monday of every month (April 18, May 16, June 20). Our shift runs from 9 am until Noon. Want more information? Contact Betty Erickson via email.

Prayer Quilt Ministry  Our Prayer Quilt Ministry seeks to envelop someone in need in God’s loving arms and prayers—literally. A quilt is made for a specific person. Whether you can sew, iron, cut fabric with a rotary cutter, or sort fabric we need help. Quilting day is the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 am until noon in Wiley Hall. If you can sew, bring a small portable sewing machine.

Dates for the next few months are: May 25, June 22, July 27. Use 3rd Avenue entrance.

One Time Opportunities

Throughout the year, we have a number of  areas where there is a need for extra help on a one time basis for an event or project. We call these Pop Up Teams. This is a great way to connect with other members and serve the church or community. It’s a win win! Take a look and see what might fit your schedule and talents. Come back often and see what’s new on the list.

  • Rummage Sale: Volunteers are needed to set up and work the days of the sale. The sale is June 2 & 3. To see the schedule and sign up, go here.
  • VBS: Volunteers and donations are needed for VBS. You’re invited to join the team or to vie our llist of needed items and drop them off. To sign up to help or donate, click here.
  • Sunday Morning Greeters: Come be part of welcoming people through the doors on Sunday morning. Having warm, smiling faces when someone walks into Baker Memorial UMC is a way of showing God’s love and makes someone feel welcomed. It is the first connection someone has with the church. Sign up for a specific Sunday of the month or as many Sundays as you would like. Sign up here.
  • 4th Sunday BakerYouth Event: Adult volunteers are needed on Sunday, May 22 from 1:30 to 4:15pm. MishMash Adventures is an interactive, team-based challenge where teams of 4-6 people try to complete as many of the challenge rooms as possible, testing brains and braun! Join us at Fox Valley Mall, located at 2402 Fox Valley Mall, Aurora, IL 60504. MishMash is on the upper level, center court. Parents/Guardians are welcome to register and play along as well! Sign up to be an adult volunteer here.

Come to a Meeting!

Learn more about Administer Justice at one of our information meetings. There are two dates to choose from:

  • Sunday, May 22 at 10:15am, come to an in-person meeting immediately following worship in Wiley Hall.
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm, join a Zoom meeting at tinyurl.com/BakerUMCMeetings.

You’re Invited to a New Ministry—
Baker Memorial  Justice Center

Many in our community have other needs as well such as legal aid. Legal issues are often the root of poverty and homelessness, and while 20% of Americans qualify for legal aid with housing, employment, and healthcare, less than half will find that help. In fact, every second someone is turned away from legal aid due to lack of access.

Baker Memorial wants to do something about this injustice, and to that end has partnered with Administer Justice (AJ) to become the next  Justice Center. AJ is a nationwide organization headquartered in Elgin, IL that partners with congregations to empower vulnerable neighbors with the help of a lawyer and the hope of God’s love.

To learn more about the ministry and how to get involved, click on the link below. There are many ways to volunteer.

Click here to go to the Administer Justice page!

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them..”

– Hebrews 6:10