Athens First United Methodist has a history of serving our community, nation, and world. New volunteers are always welcome! Below you will find the most immediate opportunities to volunteer with AFUMC Missions:

Upcoming Opportunities to Serve:

Mission Harvest | September 27

Mobile Food Pantry | September 30, October 11, November 11, December 16

Sparrow's Nest Keep Warm Project | October 1 - 26

Interfaith Hospitality Network | November 26 - December 3

Christmas Giving |November - December

Christmas Community Meal | December 14

Red Cross Blood Drive | December 19


 Local Missions  Serving our neighbors in need
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Regional Missions  Serving throughout the Southeast

International Missions  Serving throughout the world

Local Missions


Sack Lunch Ministry | Every Sunday

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Habitat for Humanity | Weekly, until project is completed! 

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Souper Supper | Each Thursday evening January through April 2018

We are so grateful for a wonderful Souper Suppers season, and appreciate every volunteer who participated in sharing the love with our neighbors! 

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Prayer Shawl Ministry | Wednesday afternoons

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Inclement Weather Response | As necessary

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid | Weekly during June and July

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Mobile Food Pantry

Our Daily Bread


Interfaith Hospitality Network


Blood Drive | Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Athens First United Methodist Church is grateful to partner with the American Red Cross in hosting an annual blood drive. Volunteers are needed to help staff the stations, and of course, to give blood!
Contact: Betsy Butler |

Great Day of Service | Saturday, April 22, 2017 

Missions Celebration Brunch and Basket Auction | Sunday, April 23, 2017

We are grateful to all who participated in the Brunch and Basket Auction, and look forward to next year! 

Children's Consignment Sale | August 4-5, 2017

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Mission Harvest-Stewardship | September 27, 2017

Mission harvest is a celebration of our stewardship season. It is an opportunity for our church family to gather, fellowship, and celebrate the tithes that have been offered to God through our pledges. More information to come! 

Operation Christmas Child | October-November 2017

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Christmas Giving | November-December 2017

AFUMC partners with Salvation Army Angel Tree and Project Safe to adopt during the Christmas season. We will have children and families for you to adopt in November; gifts are due to AFUMC in the beginning of December to specific locations. More information coming this fall!

Christmas Community Meal | Thursday, December 14, 2017

A celebratory Christmas meal for those in the community in need of a warm meal and encouragement during the holidays! Gloves, hats, and scarves are given out to those who attend the meal. 

Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) | January 27, 2018
Feed the world without leaving Hancock Hall! This year was so much fun and we look forward to 2018! 

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Regional Missions

Mission Trips

Experience serving in your own country, cross-culturally in Appalachia, by repairing homes and other needed construction efforts. Our church family has a history of serving at the Hinton Rural Life Center. No construction experience is needed, just a willing spirit. If you want more information or would like to form a team, please contact Betsy.

Epworth by the Sea
Each year our Student Ministry travels to Epworth by the Sea to minister in that area and in the St. Simons community.  This trip is a great opportunity for students who have not had a chance to serve in the mission field to participate in being the hands and feet of Christ. 

Student Ministries | Epworth by the Sea

International Missions

Athens First United Methodist Church serves around the world, focusing our Global efforts to touch the world with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. 

You can be on one of two teams: the "Go Team" or the "Send Team." 

  • The Send Team provides needed prayers, supplies, and finances that enable the Go Team.
  • The Go Team goes, and serves on the trip.
  • Together we are One Team for the mission of Jesus Christ.

Contact Rev. Betsy Butler to talk about any of the international teams listed below, or to discuss how to serve in global missions.

Serving in Costa Rica

Since 1980, Athens First United Methodist Church has sent mission teams to work with the people of El Mirador, a village of Nicaraguan refugees, in Costa Rica. It is a great opportunity for parents and youth to be in mission together. While in Costa Rica, we build houses and community buildings with the people there. We play with the children and sometimes lead Vacation Bible School.

Costa Rica Methodist Rural Center

Serving in Cuba
The church is alive and active in Cuba. Annually, a team from Athens First United Methodist Church travels to Cuba to encourage and minister to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Cuba. 

Serving in Mexico
Serving those in need in the dirt hills of Tijuana, Mexico. Teams on this trip build houses, provide food for the hungry, and clothe those in need. Other activities while serving in Tijuana may include:

  • Attending local church services
  • Construction
  • Feeding projects
  • Visit and minister at orphanages

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Contact: Betsy Butler | | 706-543-1442