Ministries to Serve

others at home and afar

Being a follower of Jesus is sharing His light with the world around you. Service is at the heart of everything we do at First UMC, close to home within the community of Great Bend and afar to serve all God’s people. The following ministries are just a few ways our congregation puts our mission into action.

Close to home

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is an active group focused on ministry, service, and fellowship. The Wednesday Night Alive Circle meetings at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The afternoon circle — Walter-Evers Circle — is continuing to meet on the third Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the parlor. Each group welcomes new members. Women interested should contact LaVonne Gerritzen, president, or Nancy Carroll, vice president, for more information.

Noah's Ark Preschool

A mission of First UMC, Noah's Ark Preschool's purpose is to provide young learners with a loving and safe atmosphere where Christian principles are taught and practiced while providing a well-rounded program for social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Are you a mom of little ones looking for a community of support, social and spiritual uplifting? MOPS is the place to find your tribe. Get Connected by following our Facebook page.

CORE Community

Support for individuals and families, as they work their way out of poverty. Through friendship and empowerment, lives are transforming through this program. First UMC is a host and supporter of CORE Community weekly meetings. Find out more about their next "Getting Ahead" class and how you can get involved and or mentor directly on their Facebook Page.

Pastoral Support

If you are struggling, you are not alone. We invite you to reach out for prayer and support from your church family. Submit your prayer requests so that we can lift you up in prayer, no matter your struggles.

Volunteer in Worship

There are numerous ways to share your time and talents within worship services and roles within the church, from Sunday Choir, ushering, audio/visual team, and more! For more information on our next volunteer training or schedules, keep an eye on the newsletter or contact us at

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Serving all God's people

Mission in Honduras 

FELLOW MAN INTERNATIONAL (FMI) Mission. Over the years we’ve First UMC has developed close ties to help the FMI Mission and share God’s light in the world. Sometimes through donations of school supplies or congregation members overseas working hand-in-hand, the support we provide alongside Lisa Armstrong continues to bless countless people. Currently, workers from the Mission are traveling to the villages to check on the children and provide medical services. Read the monthly newsletters for more regular updates from Lisa and FMI. 

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Operation Christmas Boxes and Youthville

Generous gifts are given by our community of faith to support others in need. Youthville supporting kids in foster care, donations are collected annually via the Giving Tree and distributed via Youthville, Newton KS.

United Methodist Church

Global Missions and Ministries - Each year, First UMC supports the global mission of the United Methodist Church with our financial contributions.