Decatur First United Methodist Church is committed to be an Acts 1:8 church that bears witness for Christ locally, national and internationally. We seek to have a balance in our mission involvement between those three areas.
We provide financial support for our mission partners through our Faith Promise Mission Commitments. Gifts given to the Faith Promise Mission Budget support missions locally, nationally and internationally.
We also seek to mobilize our congregation to be the hands and feet of Jesus locally, nationally and internationally. Many are presently involved in local missions. We continue to pray about opportunities for Volunteers-in-Mission nationally and internationally.
Our Mission Team wants to effectively mobilize our entire congregation into God’s call to go into all the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Austinville Elementary school has a high percentage of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Austinville also serves the majority of the Hispanic children who have migrated to our community in recent years. Our members help in the following ways:
- Classroom Supplies Donations
- Fall Festival
- Teacher Appreciation
- Dr. Seuss' Birthday
- Backpack Ministry
- Lunch Buddy Austinville teachers identify students who are in need of some special attention and loving care. Church members are assigned one lunch buddy with whom they eat lunch at least once a month at the school.
- Special Projects FUMC members also provide manpower and support for several special events held during the school year such as the Book Fair, Knowledge Jamboree, and Field Day.
Kairos Prison Ministry
FUMC has several members who are active on Kairos Prison Ministry teams that take the Emmaus Walk experience to inmates in the Limestone Correctional Facility, Capshaw, Alabama. Some members serve on the ministry team that goes into the prison for a weekend to provide an intense spiritual experience for selected inmates. Other members of our congregation minister to the inmates by baking homemade cookies to be served during the weekend.
FUMC will be partnering with other United Methodist churches in the Morgan County area to build a Habitat home.
Tennessee Valley Outreach
Each Wednesday night, teams of three or four church members take food prepared by our First Fellowship kitchen team to our local homeless shelter, Tennessee Valley Outreach. Our members then eat with the residents and offer a listening ear and words of encouragement. We are the only local church that both provides and shares the meal with the residents.
Local Food Outreach
Several FUMC members deliver Meals-on-Wheels to local residents on a designated route once a week. A ministry team also prepares fruit baskets to be delivered to Meals-On-Wheels recipients during the week of Thanksgiving. Our church assists Decatur’s Committee on Church Cooperation food pantry by sponsoring a food drive for their benefit one month each year.
Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a local agency committed to preventing child abuse and providing comprehensive services to the families of our community. Our members assist this agency by transporting PACT clients to and from medical appointments, parenting classes, group meetings, and training programs. Other FUMC members serve as volunteer receptionists and office assistants in the PACT office.
The Decatur Community Free Clinic opened in 2004 to provide free medical care to the medically uninsured of our community. FUMC provides dinner for the clinic volunteers one Thursday per month. FUMC members volunteer to provide clerical help, to assist in the pharmacy, and to help schedule appointments.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Alabama
- Volunteer Center of Morgan County
- First Grace Child Development Center
- Mental Health Center of North Alabama
- Refuge of Grace
- Salvation Army
First United Methodist of Decatur consistently pays 100% of its North Alabama
Conference apportionments. These funds go to support a number of missions including world service and conference benevolences, the Ministerial Education Fund, the Black College Fund, Methodist Homes for the Aging, and the United Methodist Children’s Home among others.
International Disaster Relief
- Pioneers/The Mission Society
- Voice of Liberty – Costa Rica
- Overland Missions - Zambia
- Team Arequipa/CUDA
- TMS Global
- Voz de Libertad