"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. Some opportunities are listed below. To see the full list, go here.

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.

Sunday Morning Connections Team  This team consists of greeters, ushers, and fellowship volunteers. Having warm, smiling faces when someone walks into Baker Memorial UMC and into the sanctuary is a way of showing God’s love and makes someone feel welcomed. Sign up for a specific Sunday of the month or as many Sundays as you would like. Sign up for any of the three volunteer categories here.

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

Lazarus House Meal  Every second Tuesday of the month, Baker Memorial 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 Chris Stumpf via email here

Northern Illinois Food Bank  A team of volunteers heads to the NIL Food Bank on the third Monday of every month (December 19, January 16, February 20). Our shift runs from 9 am until Noon. Want more information? Contact Betty Erickson via email.

Meals on Wheels  Kane County Senior Council (senior meals) uses volunteers to deliver on a regular basis or as a substitute. Drivers pick up the meals at the United Methodist Church of Geneva and deliver to St. Charles and Geneva seniors. If you are interested in helping in this way, contact info@bakermemorialchurch.org

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 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12-3pm. If you can sew, bring a small portable sewing machine.

Pop-Up 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.

BakerYouth 4th Sunday: Slice & Dice Pizza Party
The Slice & Dice Pizza Party 4th Sunday event is Sunday, February 26 from 10:30am – 12pm for ages 6th – 12th grade. Adult volunteers can also register here to hang out with the youth.

Winter & Spring Volunteer Teams
There are many fun and exciting events happening during the Easter season and this spring. We can’t do it without you! Volunteers are needed for Faith, Food & Fun, concerts, and more. View the Pop-Up list and sign up here.

Good Friday & Easter Worship Teams
Baker Memorial is blessed to be able to offer a worship service on Good Friday along with three services on Easter Sunday. Help us be a welcoming presence to all who enter our doors! Take a look at our worship volunteer options here.

Administer Justice

Baker Memorial has partnered with Administer Justice (AJ), a nationwide organization headquartered in Elgin, who empowers vulnerable neighbors with the help of a lawyer and the hope of God’s love. 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. Go to tinyurl.com/AJVolunteers to check out the serving opportunities for the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 am – 12pm. Online training is required for each role. If you have questions, please contact Betty Erickson at 630.701.5672.

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