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Volunteer Opportunties

There are many ways to volunteer in the Burke UMC community. You do not have to be a member of Burke UMC to engage in these activities! If you're interested in volunteering, sign up using the links listed or reach out to the contact person for more information.

Volunteer Category Col
or Key: 
💯 Administration, 🔸Share, 💜 Care, 🙏 Worship, ⭐️ Children/Youth Ministry, Suitable for Families to Volunteer Together


🔸❗ Feeding Ministries Hot Lunch for the Homeless (Thirds Mondays, 9:30 am)

Once a month we prepare a healthy lunch to feed hungry individuals at the Lamb Center and Rising Hope. You can be involved by joining the team as they cook at BUMC. Contact: Katie Glick (

🔸❗ Community Co-Op Help (11:30 am-1 pm)

Help with our co-op on days when we are open on Mondays and Fridays when we have work teams to organize and stock shelves.  

Sign Up: Community Co-Op Volunteers


🔸 Community Co-Op Help (12 pm-2:15 pm)

Help with fresh food set up from 12-2:15 pm or help co-op shoppers from 12:45 pm-2:15 pm. Sign Up: Community Co-Op Volunteers

Thursday: ​

⭐️ Oasis Volunteers* (3:30 pm-5 pm)

Adult volunteers needed to assist with Oasis each Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5pm. Oasis is an opportunity for youth to do homework, hangout, and connect. Contact: Katie Glick (

Friday: ​

🔸❗ Community Co-Op Help (12:30 pm-2:30 pm)

Help with our co-op on days when we are open on Mondays and Fridays when we have work teams to organize and stock shelves.

Sign Up: Community Co-Op Volunteers


🔸 Community Co-Op Help (8 am-10:15 am)

Help with fresh food set up from 8-10:15 am pm or help co-op shoppers from 8:45-10:15 am. Sign Up: Community Co-Op Volunteers

Sunday: ​

🙏 Acolytes (Sunday mornings during worship)

Ages 3rd through 6th grade. Carry the light of Christ in and out of the worship service and assist the pastors as needed during the Worship service. Arrive 15 mins before service. Contact: Katie Glick (

🙏 Audio/Visual (Sunday mornings during worship and various other events)

Run the media and sound during worship services. Youth or Adult.  Arrive at least 15 minutes before the service.

Contact: Rodney Hammond (

⭐️ Children's Church* (Sunday mornings during worship)

Help lead pre-k thru 2nd graders in activities while their parents are in worship 

  • Assist Children’s Church leader with Children’s Church.  Arrive 15 minutes before worship. Adult. Contact Katie Glick,

  • Junior Children’s Church leader, 5th-6th grade, arrive 15 minutes before worship. Contact Katie Glick,

🙏❗ Communion Server (Sunday mornings during worship)

Assist with serving Communion during worship service. Youth-Adult. Contact: Margaret Yowell (

🙏 Counters (Sunday mornings after worship)

Count and record weekly collections. Adult. Usually takes 60-90 minutes. Contact: Jim Coile (

🙏❗ Lay Reader (Sunday mornings during worship)

Leads the congregation during the worship Service with various readings such as Opening Prayer, Affirmation of Faith, Prayer of Dedication. Readings will be provided to you by email in advance of the Sunday service. Youth-Adult.  Arrive 15 minutes before start of service. Contact: Margaret Yowell (

🙏 Sabbath Chapel Morning Prayer Leader (8:45 am-9:15 am)

Sunday mornings between 8:45 and 9:15, gather to pray for our morning worship and its leaders. Youth-Adult, Families.

Contact: Rev. Judy Fender (

🙏 Ushers (Sunday mornings during worship)

Front-line ambassadors, exemplify radical hospitality, offer guidance and assistance to our congregants before and during worship service, assist pastors as needed, provide security for the services, straighten sanctuary following service. Youth-Adult, Families. Arrive 20 minutes prior to worship service, remain through service and clean-up (takes 15-20 minutes). Contact: Bob Pedersen (

⭐️ Kid Connection Adult Volunteers* (10:30 am-11:30 am)

Adult volunteers needed to lead Kid Connection each Sunday morning. Kid Connection is a time of fellowship and learning for children 4 years old through 6th grade. Contact: Katie Glick (

⭐️ Arise Adult Volunteers* (10:30 am-11:30 am)

Adult volunteers needed to sub in Arise on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30 when the regular leaders are unavailable. Arise is an opportunity for youth grades 7th through 12th and includes a lesson and time for fellowship. Contact: Katie Glick (

⭐️ JUMP Volunteers* (4:30 pm-6 pm)

Adult volunteers needed to lead Junior United Methodist People (JUMP) on the 4th Sundays each month from 4:30-6pm. JUMP is a monthly time of fellowship, games, fun, and friendship for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Contact: Katie Glick (

⭐️ Learning with LEGO Volunteers* (4:30 pm-6 pm)

Adult volunteers needed to lead Learning with Legos on the 4th Sundays of the month from 4:30-6pm. Learning with Legos is an opportunity for 3rd thru 6th graders to enjoy A Bible story, conversation, friendship, and a chance to play with your LEGO sets! Contact: Katie Glick (

⭐️ Nursery Volunteers* (Sundays during worship and other occasional events)

Adult volunteers needed to help in the nursery Sunday mornings and occasional evenings. Contact: Abby Toler (

🔸❗ Hot Breakfast for the Homeless: Third Sundays, 6:45 am

Once a month, in partnership with FACETS, we prepare breakfast burritos and deliver them to homeless persons in the Fairfax Circle area and to the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. You can get involved by donating food for the breakfasts or joining us in the kitchen. Donate: juice boxes, milk boxes, Nutri-Grain bars, fruit cups. Contact: Katie Glick (

🔸❗ Sunday Lunch for Rising Hope: Fourth Sundays, 7:45 am

Help with cooking lunch for Rising Hope every 4th Sunday. Contact: Katie Glick (

🙏❗ Greeters

Greet for worship services. Sunday and occasional other days throughout the year. 

🙏❗ Connection Center 

Assist at the Connection Center during worship services. Sunday and occasional other days throughout the year.

💜❗ Sunday Morning Coffee for Fellowship Time (Sundays during worship)

Prepares and cleans up the beverages & snacks for the Sunday morning fellowship time.

💜❗ Altar Flower Delivery (Sundays after worship)

Delivers the Sunday morning Altar flowers to a designated recipient. Sometimes the recipient also receives a Prayer Shawl or Prayer Blanket.

As needed/seasonal: ​

💯 Office Assistants (Monday-Friday)

3 hour shifts on Monday-Friday (9 am-12 pm and 12 pm-3 pm). Contact: Julie Chapman (

💯 Property Landscaping (as needed)

Help with landscaping around the Burke UMC property. Contact: Tom Muldoon (

💯 Building Maintenance (as needed)

Help with landscaping around the Burke UMC property. Contact: Tom Muldoon (

💯 Staff Appreciation (various times throughout year)

Varies - can be a one-time offering or ongoing. Contact: Jason Snow (

🙏 Altar Guild (as needed)

Weekly and seasonal altar and sanctuary preparation. Youth-Adult.  Approximate time commitment: 15-20 minutes. 

Contact: Sonja Vanden Berghe (

🔸 Burke Gives Back Planning Team (seasonal)

Help to plan our upcoming event! Because we are called by our faith to “Love Your Neighbor”, Burke United Methodist Church started holding “Change the World” events in May 2010. As our neighbors became interested in this event, we looked for ways to involve the community in helping to care for others and to learn about the needs both locally and far away. BurkeGivesBack was born in May 2017, and since then we have held many events packing thousands of meals and collecting literally tons of food for area food banks. Contact: Katie Glick (

⭐️❗ Vacation Bible School and Camp Mission Edge* (summer)

Teen and adult volunteers needed to help during Vacation Bible School and Camp Mission Edge. Contact: Katie Glick (

💜❗ Food Preparation for BUMC Events (as needed)

💜 Funeral Receptions (as needed)

💜 Special Event Coordination (as needed)

Flexible Timing: ​

🙏 Online Readers

(For those who worship primarily online) – record yourself reading scriptures and prayer for worship services, submit recording to audio-visual director. Adult-Youth. Requires approximately 10 minutes. Contact: Caitlin Adams (

🙏❗ Sanctuary Helper

Restock & straighten the sanctuary and pews. Youth-Adult, Families. Requires approximately 15-20 minutes.

Contact: Lynn Cui (

🔸❗ Gleaning

Volunteers will pick up food from local grocery stores and bring it to the co-op to be distributed. We currently partner with Whole Foods in Springfield and Fair Lakes and food is delivered to Burke UMC, Rising Hope, and Hanley Shelter. Sign up: Gleaning Needs List

💜 Congregational Care Visitation Teams

Make routine check-ins with those on BUMC’s congregational care list. Maintains confidentiality. Accountable to the Pastors.

💜 Attendance Care Team

Contacts by email or a phone call, those who have not been in attendance for awhile.

💜❗ Meals Ministry

Prepares & delivers a meal to those in need.

💜❗ Bread Delivery

Delivers banana bread to new visitors.

*All adults volunteering with children and youth must have a current background check on file. Reach out to for more information.

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