Church Volunteer Opportunities

We Need Servant Leaders

“The privilege of servant leadership in the Church is the call to share in the preparation of congregations and the whole Church for the mission of God in the world.” (2008 Book of Discipline, para. 137) 

Acolytes: We need young people to serve as acolytes. Here are the duties:

  • Arriving 15 minutes before the service begins on the day you are scheduled to serve (9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. service and 10:45 for the 11 a.m. service).
  • 9:30 service, leave Sunday School early on the days you are an acolyte so you return to the sanctuary with enough time to extinguish the candles at the end of the service.
  • Arrange a substitute on days you cannot attend.
  • Be available to serve as an acolyte on Christmas Eve.
  • Help prepare the palms on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.

Sign up forms are available in the Sanford-Davis room. Please be sure to list your full name, grade in school, have you been an acolyte before (yes or no), telephone, e-mail address and which service you wish to serve (9:30 or 11 a.m.). If you have any questions, please contact acolytes@princetonumc.org    Thanks.

Acolyte Coordinator to help acolytes with Sunday Worship Service.

Audio/Visual Team – Audio team controls the sound system and records the sermons. The projection team sets up the projection system and controls the display of the worship schedule on the wall. Would you be willing to run the sound system or projector one Sunday a month during worship? We want to hear from you.  Training will be provided.

Altar Flowers: If you would like to purchase altar flowers to beautify the church on a particular Sunday, please send an e-mail to altar-guild@princetonumc.org.

Altar Guild Volunteers:  Are you interested in finding a way to serve in worship? Altar Guild volunteers help prepare the sanctuary for worship, baptism and communion at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.  You can serve at whichever service you normally attend.  To volunteer please send an e-mail to altar-guild@princetonumc.org

Appalachia Service Project:  Throughout the year, this group holds fundraisers to help finance their summer trip. Volunteers are needed to staff these events. In addition adults are needed to go on the trip to Appalachia. If interested please contact the asp-planning-team-group@princetonumc.org.

Children’s Church Program:  (1) Adults to teach once/month on a rotating basis.  Lesson plans and materials will be supplied.  (2) High school students to help lead the program.  (3) Parents to assist with the class, on a rotating basis and share the running of the program when the Coordinator is not available..  Without you, this exciting program will not work.  Pray on it.  Then adult volunteers should contact the church office (office@princetonumc.org)

Church Office:  We need volunteers to help once a month with folding and mailing of the newsletter and on a weekly basis with folding and inserts for the Sunday Bulletin.  If you’d like to help, please contact us at office@princetonumc.org

Church Library:  We are looking for volunteers to help get the word out about our newly organized church library.  You might work on things like reaching out to the Sunday school classes and planning activities for them, making displays, writing book reviews, or whatever other ideas you would like to try.  No previous library experience is needed, just an enthusiasm for books and encouraging folks to read and learn. If this is you, please contact us at church-library@princetonumc.org.

Church School Teachers:  Teachers are in teams of four; you will be asked for two weekends a month. Guidance supplied by experienced teachers; curriculum supplied by Cokesbury; gratitude supplied by the parents; courage granted by Jesus; you bring the enthusiasm. If interested please contact the Church School Superintendent at church-school@princetonumc.org.

Coffee Hour Hosts: Volunteers are asked to please sign-up in the Sanford Davis Room.  Many spots are open for the 11 a.m. service. During the summer, we need Coffee Hour hosts for the 10 a.m. service.  This is easier as the beverage is cold drinks only. Please contact coffee-hour@princetonumc.org.

Committee Members and Chairpersons:  Most of our Church committees would welcome new committee members. Please contact the Nominations Committee (via office@princetonumc.org if you would like to join a committee.

Cornerstone Community Kitchen
Looking for volunteers throughout the week to help prepare and cook vegetables.
Also accepting donations of produce from  your gardens, CSAs, etc

Drivers, Food Deliverers, People to Call/Visit the Homebound: The Membership Committee would like to undertake a new program to coordinate assistance for members of the congregation who need transportation to medical appointments, meals during illnesses or stressful times, and calls or visits for those who are homebound.  In order to offer this program, we first need a list of those among us who can help. If you have an interest in being part of this program, would you please contact the church office (office@princetonumc.org) via e-mail. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and whether you can 1. offer rides to appointments, 2. meals or other food, or 3. help with calls or visits. Thanks.

Greeters:  The Growth Committee is looking for people to be Sunday morning greeters. While we have enough people for the parking lot entrance, we still need people for the front door on Nassau Street. This is a great opportunity to get to know the members of the congregation better as well as welcome visitors to our church. We are currently working on a schedule for the fall. Contact growth@princetonumc.org.

Growth Committee   We are looking to add some enthusiastic, creative members to the PUMC Growth Committee – perhaps you could join us! The Growth Committee is responsible for bringing people through the doors of our church and helping them feel welcome.  The number of spiritual and stimulating programs going on at PUMC is multiplying and we need committee members who can help us develop and implement strategies to get the word out about the multitude of opportunities for individuals in our community to worship, serve and enjoy fellowship with us.  We are looking for people who represent the glorious diversity of our church and our community; if you are interested, please contact Brad Middlekauff at growth@princetonumc.org.

IT Support: Can you spare a few hours throughout the year to share your expertise in networking, server and internet support, telecommunications, synching of systems (e.g. email, calendar) & software support. CONTACT: office@princetonumc.org.

Knitters and Crocheters!  Throughout the year, our extraordinary knitters and crocheters fashion hundreds of wool caps and gloves for disadvantaged children — just in time for Christmas.  They are also challenging the Sunday School to match their gifts and donate lots and lots of pairs of mittens or gloves to the PUMC mitten tree.  All members are invited to contribute to the mitten tree. Just bring your donations into church on Sunday morning and look for the mitten tree in the Sanford-Davis Room.

Nursery: Volunteers are needed to provide care for our youngest members at the 9:30 am and 11:00 am services on Sunday mornings. To volunteer, please contact the church office office@princetonumc.org

Prayer Chain: If you would like to participate in one of our prayer chains, please visit the Prayer Chain page to learn more and e-mail the church office office@princetonumc.org to help.

Summer Sunday Program:  We need adults and high school students to help with costumes, help with crafts, serve refreshments and help coordinate the small plays that are part of this program. A sign up sheet is located Please contact education@princetonumc.org

Stephen Ministry servants:  Would you like to express Christ’s care for others — listening and comforting, calling on church members and others in need? Then sign up to become a Stephen Minister.  Additional information on the Stephen Ministries page.

Threads of Hope Clothing Closet: This is an outreach ministry partnership of Princeton and Chambers United Methodist Churches. Meets second Saturdays of every month. Volunteers needed to sort clothing, staff clothing tables and offer hospitality. Chambers United Methodist Church is located in Hamilton, and the address is 627 Liberty Street, Trenton, NJ 08629-2203.

Website Volunteers:  Are you interested in joining the website team? This involves use of a computer and learning WordPress. Training will be provided. Please contact communications@princetonumc.org.

Work Day volunteers:  Help clean, garden and paint inside and outside the building. Dates for work days can be found in the News Section of this website and on the Upcoming Events page (when we have them) or you can contact the trustees@princetonumc.org for additional information.

Youth Group Volunteers:  We are looking for any and all individuals who want to spend time with youth! You can help in many ways: cook a meal, drive to an event, become a youth advisor, join us for a Sunday night by leading a game or leading a lesson! The possibilities are endless! Interested? Contact office@princetonumc.org or skitch@princetonumc.org.