Our adult ministries are the rock solid backbone and foundation of our church. Our men and women give of their talents, time, resources, and grace to help build God's kingdom!
Young at Heart Class
We call our class “Young at Heart” because at some point we 60+ year olds could no longer use the term “Young Adult” with a straight face.
As you might imagine from the previous statement, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We try to keep things light and fun. Most of all, we try to provide a relaxed environment where visitors will feel welcome and comfortable. We are more than just a Sunday School class – we are like a family!
We use a variety of learning materials: Bible studies, books, articles, sermons, videos, devotionals, and what’s in the news. Our main objective is to build loving, caring relationships with one another and a closer relationship with God.
We also take very seriously what it means to be actively involved in the church and the community by: offering a hand when needed, lifting our members up in prayer, making donations, quietly working in the background to help the church and its members, serving when called upon, and simply being there for one another. We support our church through our “prayers, presence, gifts, and service”.
If you are looking for a small group to be a part of, we welcome you to ours with open arms.
This adult Christian Education class of people in their 40s through 60s meets on Sunday mornings at 10:50 am to learn more about, and nurture each member's personal relationship with, our Savior, Jesus Christ. As you can see from the photo on the left, our Spirit Class members are a diverse group in terms of age and gender. They are also diverse in marital status. The class atmosphere is relaxed with coffee, juice, soda, and snacks provided each Sunday. Facilitated by a former teacher, discussions are often lively, but always respectful and friendly. Some faithful members regularly opt to sit back and thoughtfully listen to the exchange of opinions and ideas. Participants are not asked to read, answer questions, nor pray publicly without prior private consent. You will find this class very open and welcoming to newcomers.
Two verses of scripture, drawn from the book of Matthew, form the foundation upon which the class is built. In the Gospel of Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus quotes the Hebrew scriptures, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." In doing such, the class also learns how to "love thyself" for such is the requirement in loving one's neighbor.
In the Gospel of Matthew 28:19, Jesus states "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." In this call to action the class finds its purpose in worship ... connecting with God ... in fellowship, in discipleship, and in evangelism. Their active faith leads the class to sponsor and support mission and service projects at our church, in our community, and around the world, including church movie nights, college campus ministries, Christmas for those in need, and providing shoes and toys for children in the Philippines and Nicaragua.
The Spirit Class looks forward to welcoming you into their midst, and prays that you find the joy of God throughout your life!
This class is geared toward young adults in their 20s - 30s who are committed to living and growing their faith while juggling the often competing demands of work, relationships and family commitments. Recent outreach projects sponsored by The Edge include a diaper drive for the Southeastern Pregnancy Resource Center. In November, members of the class personally delivered Mason jars filled with a dry soup mix along with an invitation to worship to former and potential church members. Recipient names and contact information were provided by current members of the congregation. The Edge worked with the Boy Scouts, WOW Youth Fellowship and other groups within the church on the Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway. Each of the 41 local families served by this project received much needed baskets or bags of food including a turkey and a freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Our newest adult Sunday School class brings together singles and couples in their 40s for meaningful studies and discussion aimed at taking their faith deeper.
Beulah Intergenerational Camp
This week long camp / retreat takes place July 29 - August 5. Guest speakers share contemporary gospel messages. There is an evening worship service in an outdoor tabernacal each evening.
There are age-specific programs for children, youth, college and career young adults and older adults. Youth and young adults can take part in a Mission Blitz, a opportunity to work in community. For more information, click here.
Within the United Methodist denomination, each congregation is under the authority of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The rules and regulations which each United Methodist church is required by Discipline to follow, sets up the minister as the head of the church. Working alongside each minister are Lay Leaders and lay-person led committees as set forth by the Book of Discipline.
Ministers in each United Methodist church are under the auspices of the Bishop of their Annual Conference, in our case the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Bishop of our Conference, Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, is assisted in leading our churches in the IGR Conference (which includes two-thirds of the State of Illinois) by ten District Superintendents, each of whom oversees a defined geographic area known as a district. We are in the Cache River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Lay Leaders - First United Methodist in Carrier Mills has two co-Lay Leaders. The Lay Leaders of the church are charged with providing leadership to the church from the minister and the committees, and representation from the congregation to the minister and the committees. Our Lay Leaders share in proclaiming God's word by frequently delivering the sermons at our church.
Standing committees within each church include the Church Council, the Trustees, the Finance Committee, the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and the Lay Leadership (Nominations) Committee. Committee members of each of these committees are limited by the Book of Discipline to three year terms.
The Church Council provides overall direction to the operations of the church. This council renders the final approval of the church's budget, and works in coordination with the minister to guide the ministry of the church.
The Trustees oversee the upkeep and maintenance of church's grounds and buildings including the parsonage. They are also charged with overseeing any improvements to church owned facilities.
The Finance Committee works closely with the minister to set the financial priorities of the church. It gives initial approval of the church's annual budget and submits it to the Church Council for final approval. It also monitors the financial health of the church.