"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

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.

Lazarus House Meal  Every second Tuesday of the month, Baker Memorial provides meals for nearby Lazarus House homeless shelter. Options for helping are: preparing dinner in the church kitchen on second Monday evenings, donate ingredients for the dinner, and provide bag lunches and beverages. To get connected to the monthly email sign-up with dinner and lunch donation needs and to sign up to cook on second Monday evenings, contact Chris Stumpf here.

Day Guest Meals  On Thursdays a hot lunch is served to our Day Guests. There are two types of needs. The first is to bring specific groceries so that our Mid-Valley student chefs can turn them into a delightful hot lunch for our Day Guests. When the students are not in session, we ask people to volunteer to prepare and serve a meal themselves. Go here for more information.

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

Northern Illinois Food Bank  A team of volunteers heads to the NIL Food Bank on the third Monday of every month. Our shift runs from 9 am until Noon. Want more information? Contact Betty Erickson via email.

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.

Administer Justice  (AJ) 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. Be part of making a difference by joining the (AJ) team who empowers vulnerable neighbors with the help of a lawyer and the hope of God’s love on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 am – 12pm. There is a training for each position. Go to tinyurl.com/AJVolunteers to check out the serving opportunities. Contact Betty Erickson at 630.701.5672 with questions and which position you would like trained in.

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 12-3 pm. 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.

Christmas Season Pop-Up Teams
We can’t do it without you! Pop-Up Teams are a great way to serve Christ on a short-term basis. Take a look and see where you think your gifts and skills could best be used and sign up today! Here are the Christmas teams: Deck the Halls, Community Prayer Tree & Parade, Santa Breakfast, Sunday Funday for kids, BakerYouth Christmas Party, Connections with Community, and Christmas Eve Serving. View the list of opportunitues here.

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