All Opportunities to Serve

Get Involved at Church

Make a difference at Floris UMC. Pick a topic that interests you and be the change you want to see.

Access (Disability) Ministries

  • Buddy Support (Kid Nation, the Nursery) – provide appropriate one-on-one support and assistance on Sunday mornings for children with disabilities from age three to grade 5. Training is provided. Adult volunteers must complete child safety training.
  • Adult Lunch Socials – assist monthly at lunch and social time for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Compassionate volunteers help set up, serve lunch, clean up and engage with our participants.
  • Adult Support – support adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities as they actively serve alongside us at events and programs, such as Grace Ministries, Family Bible Camp, Messy Church, church-wide celebrations and more.
  • Student Support – offer buddy support to middle and high school students as needed for church events, programs, retreats and mission trips.

For more information, contact Lauren Soljanyk at lsoljanyk@florisumc.org

Administration

  • Front Office – assist at the front desk in the main office, answering calls, assisting visitors, and accepting deliveries. Volunteers are scheduled as-needed for 3-4 hours shifts during regular business hours.
  • Mass Mailings – help label and stuff envelopes for periodic church mailings.
  • Welcome Desk

For more information, contact Karen Heier at kheier@florisumc.org

Adult Ministries

  • Life Group Leaders – connect people to Christ and the Bible by facilitating a weekly group of 8-14 people to study various faith-based curriculums. Leader guides, video content, and support from staff and other group leaders are provided.
  • Disciple Study Group Leaders – lead a group following the DISCIPLE curriculum. The series begins with Disciple 1 and then offers three additional in-depth studies. Group Leaders must complete Disciple 1.
  • Personal Finance Group Leaders – connect people to the joy of a life built around generosity and a debt-free lifestyle. Facilitate a six-week class on personal finance using the Saving Grace curriculum. No experience is needed, but familiarity with budgeting and other financial matters is a plus.
  • Monthly Book Group Leaders – facilitate a group that reads and discusses books the leader and group choose. No experience is needed, just a desire to connect people to Christ. Support and guidance from staff and other group leaders are provided.

For more information, contact Carol Edwards at cedwards@florisumc.org

Children's Ministries

  • Family Bible Camp – facilitate activities, set up and clean up, prep and serve dinner and more at this three-day evening camp held annually in late June.
  • Fifth in Service to Him (FISH) – assist monthly with this service-oriented program designed for fifth graders to have fun and help others. Activities include scavenger hunts, progressive dinners, ice cream socials, and fun game nights. Adult volunteers must complete child safety training.
  • Kid Nation – partner with staff to help children from preschool – grade 5 develop faith in Christ through music, interactive learning, Bible lessons, service, and prayer. Help kids discover Jesus in new and interesting ways! Serve twice per month during Sunday worship at 9 or 11 a.m. Volunteers must complete child safety training.
  • Messy Churchhelp others experience worship through fun and faith-filled monthly activities for all ages. Assist with set up, food service and clean up.

For more information, contact Kelly Crespin at kcrespin@florisumc.org.

Communications & Audiovisual

  • Audiovisual (Audio, Video, Lighting) – help create the worship experience for weekly and special services. This team includes camera operation, video direction, stage management, screen operation, and much more. Training is provided.
  • Communications (Design, Copywriting, Marketing, Digital, and Social Media) – if you have experience in design, content creation, web development, photography, copywriting, marketing, publishing, branding or communications, this is the team for you!
  • Print – support the communications team by printing bulletins and other promotional collateral when needed for special events and holidays.
  • Web – help with updates, like organizing and cleaning up digital files.
  • Translation/Interpretation – provide live translation or hosting in Spanish during Sunday worship services. Help interpret the weekend services/events in American Sign Language (ASL) for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Chat Moderator/Assistant – help answer questions, moderate comment feeds during weekend services and events online, and answer direct messages. Training is provided (i.e., YouTube, Facebook, Church Online).
  • Social Media – love tweeting, posting, and hanging out online? Help create awareness and connect the community with what’s happening at and around Floris/Restoration.
  • Tech Support – help behind the scenes, providing IT and tech support as needed.
  • Photo/Video – help visually capture services and events through the lens of photography or videography. Amateur photographers are welcome. Your own equipment is preferred but not required.

For more information, contact Tasha Mitchell at tmitchell@florisumc.org.

Congregational Care

  • Congregational Care Minister or Visitor – do you have a caring heart, empathy and compassion? If so, you might consider visiting or walking alongside a Floris friend or member experiencing a difficult life situation.
  • Memorial Service Support – assist by ushering and greeting, providing food, or setting up and cleaning up. Volunteers sign up for opportunities that fit their schedule.
  • Prayer Blanket Ministry – create and pray over blankets in a group setting or individually. Blankets are given to those who need to feel the comfort of Christ. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, regardless of skill level, on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.
  • Meal Providers – make and deliver meals to those experiencing difficult situations. Volunteers sign up for opportunities that fit their schedule.
  • Transportation Providers – give rides to those experiencing difficult situations. Rides are typically for physical therapy and doctor’s appointments. Volunteers sign up for opportunities that fit their schedule.
  • Professional Services – offer expertise (finance, IT, accounting, etc.) to help those who need assistance in these areas. Volunteer on an as-needed basis.
  • Home Improvement – offer expertise in home improvement (plumbing, moving, yard work, small repairs, etc.) to help those who need assistance. Volunteer on an as-needed basis.
  • Prayer Chain/Team – pray for individuals throughout the week. Prayer requests are sent via email.

For more information, contact Carol Benson at cbenson@florisumc.org

Diversity Ministries

  • Latino Ministry – serve as a greeter, assist with room setup/cleanup, audiovisual needs and capture stories for social media. Volunteers are needed during special services, and on the second Saturday of the month and holidays throughout the year.
  • South Asian Ministry – serve as a greeter, assist with room setup/cleanup, audiovisual needs and capture stories for social media. Volunteers are needed every other month in the evening and for special events, including Summer Picnic, Christmas Pageant, Christmas Day and Watch Night. Volunteers are needed on the first Saturday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m.

For more information, contact Lauren Todd at ltodd@florisumc.org

Evangelism/Outreach

Community Events, including

  • Adopt-A-Highway (Restoration) – help keep the neighborhood clean by tidying Becontree Lane in front of Forest Edge Elementary School. You are encouraged to invite friends who do not attend church to participate in a community service event while simultaneously introducing them to people of God.
  • Home Concerts (Floris & Restoration) – open your home to host a concert and invite neighbors and friends to attend. Provide refreshments and any setup necessary for the performance.
  • Jingle on the Lake (Restoration) – assist at this annual event in December with booth setup/cleanup, handing out candies and gifts, providing information about Floris/Restoration and helping children and families complete letters to Santa. Volunteers also draft responses to kids’ letters to Santa.
  • Reston Pride (Floris & Restoration) – assist at this annual event in June with booth setup/cleanup, handing out candies and gifts and providing information about Floris/Restoration. Volunteers also help attendees write affirmation letters to vulnerable teens in the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Reston Sprint Triathlon (Restoration) – assist at this yearly event in June with setup/cleanup and hosting a water station in the transition area, celebrating and encouraging the athletes.
  • SterlingFest (Floris & Restoration) – assist at this annual event in October with booth setup/cleanup, greeting guests, facilitating activities and providing information about Floris/Restoration.

For more information, contact Isaiah Park at ipark@florisumc.org

Facilities

  • Grounds Cleanup – provide periodic such as disposing of weeds and trash, trimming overhanging foliage and conducting other landscaping maintenance.
  • Sunday Facilities Coverage – keep the church safe for all our members and guests on Sundays. Set up tables, replace paper products in the restrooms, reset a tripped circuit breaker or mop up a minor spill. Training is provided.
  • Minor Maintenance – assist with maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, painting, patching walls, carpentry and other miscellaneous jobs.
  • Event Setup – help set up and put away tables, chairs and tents for various events at the church.

For more information, contact Ken Scroggie at kscroggie@florisumc.org.

Hospitality

  • Church-Wide Events – provide leadership and assistance, including coordination and execution of food donations and catering, setup, serving and cleanup. Events include a monthly Sunday morning social gatherings and annual, seasonal and special events.
  • Online Chat Host – engage our online community during worship services using provided prompts and encourage conversation. Training provided.
  • Parking Lot Attendant – assist with traffic flow during highly attended worship services and special events.
  • Shuttle Bus Driver – serve for two hours or as requested on highly attended Sundays throughout the year. Drivers must complete a driver background check and training to operate Floris UMC vehicles.
  • Volunteer Leader – assist as needed with the coordination of various tasks, including ordering supplies, entering data, overseeing packaging events, and more.

For more information, contact Shell Lewis-Akasiaka at slewis@florisumc.org.

Lay Leadership

  • Annual Conference Delegate – attend the Virginia Annual Conference, the Virginia UMC governing body, as a Floris/Restoration delegate for a 3-4 day conference in June. Travel to the conference site, enjoying fellowship with other delegates, and attend worship services, seminars, and business sessions.
  • Church Council – the Church Council is the governing body of Floris/Restoration for church ministry and administrative matters. It represents the congregation, providing strategic guidance and oversight of the long-term plans executed by staff, lay leaders and volunteers. Members meet monthly and at special meetings throughout the year. Volunteers must be a member of Floris UMC/Restoration.
  • Committee on Lay Leadership – this team builds a culture of leader development in the congregation and identifies effective ways to involve new people in leadership positions. Members should have spiritual gifts such as administration, discernment, servanthood, teaching, and encouragement. They should also be attentive to their own spiritual lives and the mission and vision of the church. Committee members are elected annually on a rotating basis for a three-year term.
  • Finance Committee – provides careful budgetary stewardship so the congregation’s financial resources are used to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of Floris UMC/Restoration. Committee members are elected annually.
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) – this administrative team helps build productive relationships among the pastors, staff, and congregation. The SPRC encourages, supports, and nurtures the pastors and staff, providing annual evaluations and other human resource direction as needed. They review staff benefits packages and approve clergy salaries. Committee members often have executive and/or human resource experience and are active church members. Committee members are elected annually for a three-year term.
  • Trustees Committee – provides careful stewardship of all Floris UMC property to satisfy related legal requirements and ensure the congregation’s ministries provide a welcoming, safe, and hospitable environment. Committee members are elected annually for a three-year term.

For more information, contact Barbara Miner at bminer@florisumc.org

Ministry Innovations

  • Claim It: Women’s Conference – help plan this annual event, including setup/cleanup, coordinating vendors, developing content, shopping for food, and more.
  • Story Church – assist with this bi-monthly evening event by serving as a greeter to encourage an open and welcoming environment. Help with room setup/cleanup and audiovisual needs.

For more information, contact Megan Dietrick at mdietrick@florisumc.org.

Music

  • Children’s Choirs – youngsters can join the Little Praisers (kindergarten-grade 2) or Hallelujah Choir (grades 3-6). Rehearsal for both choirs is Sunday at 10 a.m. in preparation for a monthly performance during the 9 and 11 a.m. services.
  • Handbell Group – ring in worship monthly during the school year and on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas Eve. All ability levels are welcome. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening.
  • Modern (Full Circle) Band – lead worship at the 9 a.m. service. Vocalists and instrumentalists with a variety of skill levels are needed for FCB. Rehearsals are Sundays at 7:25 a.m. Preparation primarily occurs at home with chord charts, mp3 recordings, and provided notes.
  • Student Band – anyone in grades 6-12 interested in learning how to play in a modern worship band. FCB members mentor students to lead worship during special student ministry events. Rehearsals are Sundays from 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Floris Wind Ensemble – All are welcome to join a woodwind and brass ensemble that performs monthly at the 11 a.m. service. This group is also a part of the Symphonic Orchestra. Rehearsals are on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9:20-10 a.m.
  • Floris String Ensemble – this group is also a part of the Symphonic Orchestra. Rehearsals are on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 9:20-10 a.m., with occasional performances at the 11 a.m. service.
  • Symphonic Orchestra – performs at the Christmas and Good Friday Cantatas, the two annual traditional music events.
  • Call 2 Harmony – a men’s quartet that meets to hone musical talents and explore different genres to share with others. They perform monthly at the 11 a.m. service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from September-June from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Chamber Choir – an auditioned, small vocal ensemble that performs during the 11 a.m. service. Rehearsals are every other Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sanctuary Choir – the primary, traditional music group that performs at the 11 a.m. service and the cantatas. Adults and students are welcome. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Cantata Choir – performs two times each year. Interested singers can participate twice annually – from September to the Christmas performance and from January to the Good Friday performance. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
  • Soloists – professionally trained singers or instrumentalists are welcome to lead a section or, occasionally, headline an event.

For more information, contact Laura Shelton at lshelton@florisumc.org

Student Ministries

  • Bright Life (High School) AM – facilitate discussion and provide encouragement for students in grades 9-12 on Sunday morning. In small groups, students engage in Bible study and relevant discussion, providing connection and community while building relationships. Volunteers must complete child safety training.
  • Bright Life (High School) PM – facilitate activities and discussions and provide encouragement for students in grades 9-12 on Sunday evenings during the school year. Students discover community, meaningful discussion, laughter, and creative worship experiences. They also enjoy special events throughout the year. Volunteers must complete child safety training.
  • Bright Life (High School) Dinners – two families provide a meal for about 30 people on Sunday evenings. Open to any adults who want to feed students.
  • Bright Life (High School) Summer Mission – participate in a construction-based mission trip to disaster recovery areas with other UMVIM volunteers and students who have completed grades 9-12. Adult volunteers with and without construction experience are needed for these trips to be successful.
  • Chaperones & Drivers – help students get to and from activities and chaperone events throughout the school year. Drivers must complete a driver background check.
  • Confirmation Mentors & Small Group Leaders – assist with confirmation during the 15-week program from January-April. Students in grade 8 and above, who want to be confirmed in the United Methodist Church, are paired with mentors who help them on this journey. Volunteers also help with retreats and small groups during the 15-week program.
  • Special Events – assist with serving food, registering students, overseeing activities and helping with parking at special events throughout the year. Volunteer for one or many events.

For more information, contact Christen Garland at cgarland@florisumc.org.

Worship

  • Acolyte – light and extinguish the candles on the altar, symbolizing the presence of Christ as the Light of the World, during regular Sunday morning worship and other services as needed. Open to students in grade 3 and above.
  • Scripture Reader – read passage provided during regular Sunday worship and other services as needed. Through voice, bring the scripture to life for worshippers and set the stage for the coming sermon.
  • Usher – welcome people as they enter the sanctuary. Assist with finding a seat, bulletin distribution, collecting and securing the offering, counting worshippers in the sanctuary, and conveying urgent messages to the pastor during the service. Ushers also guide congregants during communion and assist with other tasks during worship as needed.
  • Communion Server – assist the pastors and provide support for the sacrament of Holy Communion, serving the elements for Sunday and special worship services.
  • Communion Steward – support the sacrament of Holy Communion, including oversight of the communion linens and purchase of the elements. Volunteers also setup and clean up communion elements during Sunday morning and special worship services.
  • Sanctuary Steward – prepare the sanctuary for Sunday worship and special services. Ensure Bibles, hymnals, pencils, and other needed items are in the pew racks and that the chancel, altar and worship implements are available, clean and ready for use.

For more information, contact Laura Shelton at lshelton@florisumc.org

Engage Locally and Globally

Make a difference in the community. Pick a topic that interests you and be the change you want to see.

Food Insecurity

  • GRACE Ministries – help package food and diapers on the first weekend of the month at Floris UMC. Assist with organizing on Friday from 4-8 p.m. in 2-hour shifts or support distribution on Saturday from 7-10 a.m.
  • Mobile Meals Ministry – prepare hot meals on the first Tuesday of the month at Floris UMC from 2:30-5 p.m. The meals are distributed to those without homes in Fairfax County on behalf of our partner, FACETS.
  • Food For Others – deliver groceries to the homes of food insecure families who live near Floris UMC. Deliveries are on the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers must have a reliable vehicle. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
  • Help Hungry Kids (HHK) – assemble food items for weekend backpack meals for students at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon. Volunteers help on a monthly basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org

Homelessness

  • Embry Rucker Meal Distribution – prepare and serve a hot breakfast to residents at Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston on the second Saturday of the month. Volunteers help from 6:30-9:30 a.m and must be 18 years or older.
  • North County Hypothermia Program – provide meals for unsheltered adults once a week during the winter. Assist Cornerstones, a community partner, at the North County Human Services Building in Reston every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
  • Floris Guest House – prepare and serve breakfast, monitor halls and other activities to support the hypothermia prevention and response program at Floris UMC, facilitated by FACETS. Volunteer from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. for one week during the winter. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org

Mission Trips

  • Mission Trips – assist with building projects, educational needs, mentoring and support at various times during the year. Immerse in the local culture and grow in faith with those around you. International and domestic trips available.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org

Partner Organizations

  • Blood Drive – greet and register donors for the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Floris UMC on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Volunteers provide guidance and direction as needed.
  • Advent Giving – assist with organizing, collecting and distributing donations in conjunction with our partner organizations.
  • Easter Baskets Ministry – assist with organizing, collecting and distributing donations to children in local shelters and transitional housing.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org

Partner Schools

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) – provide ESL instruction to adults at Hutchison Elementary School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the school year. Volunteers do not need teaching experience, but must be 18 years or older.
  • Help Hungry Kids (HHK) – assemble food items for weekend backpack meals for students at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon. Volunteers help on a monthly basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org

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