Volunteer

"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.

Stuff the Food Box this Summer  Our Day Guest Ministry was blessed with a public food pantry in the summer 2021 and since then has kept it stocked with shelf-stable protein snacks, fruit cups, water, and more! We are asking that you consider signing up for a designated day of the week throughout the summer that would fit your schedule, rather than one or two isolated days. There are schedules drawn up of how many of each type of item to stock the pantry with and the supply area is kept well stocked and organized. View the schedule and sign up here.

Connections Team We need volunteers for the Summer, and we are also preparing for the Fall. Each Sunday, 6 greeters (2 each at 3 doors), 4 ushers, and 1 Fellowship volunteer are needed to make our Sunday morning a welcoming, hospitable environment. So, your gifts and time are needed.

  • FALL A formal training with the whole Connections team will take place Wednesday, August 17 at 7pm in the Sanctuary with wonderful information that will make you feel well prepared and practiced for this important service of Hospitality and Connection. Register for the Fall Training at https://tinyurl.com/BakerConnectionsTraining.

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.

Sunday Fun Days  This is summer programing where children and youth of all ages come to have fun while learning about God in creative ways July 10-August 14. Want to help? Contact Pastor Kim via email or Shelly Stienbarger via email to get more information.

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 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 (July 18, August 15). 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: July 27, August 24, September 28. 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.

  • 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.

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