Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer we need youTheres’s a lot that goes into the day to day operations of Emmanuel, and they’re mostly performed by our dedicated team of volunteers working behind the scenes to keep the church running:



Join our Audio / Video / Graphics operations crew during worship services. Contact Brian Nelson at brian@EUMCLaurel.org.


Did you ever wonder what happens to your offering when you put it in the plate? We have a dedicated group of people that serve as counters after the services each week. Counters count and organize money and checks by fund type and make it possible for us all to receive giving statements.  The commitment to be a counter involves serving for two weeks at a time, 3-4 times a year.  You would be paired up with an experienced partner.  Counting is done after the 9 am and 10:45 am services, so it is necessary to come by at least 10 am and stay until the end of the 10:45 service.  Some of our counters go to the early service and others go to the later – it is possible to do either.  In recent years, we have automated the process using Excel, so familiarity with this software is a plus (but not 100% necessary). Please contact Kathy Williams at williamsbrinkman@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

Church Office Volunteers

We are currently looking for a few volunteers who could help out in the church office for a few hours preferably on Wednesdays to answer phones, enter some data, and help with photocopies. We have developed a short training and guide, so even if you don’t know how to work something, we can teach you.  The office is open from 9 am – 2 pm, so if you can help for 2 or 3 hours once a month during those hours, it would be really appreciated. If you are available and willing to help, or know of anyone else who might be interested, please contact Becky Eng at EUMCVolunteerCoord@comcast.net or the church office at eumclaurel@comcast.net.

Church Openers

Elizabeth House

Emmanuel United Methodist Church serves as the host for Elizabeth House in Laurel, Maryland on the first Saturday of each month to feed the people of Laurel.

There are 2 shifts–(1) you can serve from 4:15pm – 6:00pm by helping to prepare the dinner meal and lunches and perform other set up duties and (2) you can serve from 5:45pm – 8:00pm by serving the clients and cleaning up the house. Also, you can serve at both shifts from 4:15pm – 8:00pm.  We generally need 4 people for each shift.

For more information, contact Carolyn and Tyrone Taylor at 240-786-5661 or donbri12@verizon.net.

Sign up to volunteer online HERE

Location: Elizabeth House 308 Gorman Ave. Laurel, MD 20725


Green Team

Emmanuel’s Green Team takes stewardship of God’s Creation very seriously. We sponsor a variety of educational and recycling programs throughout the year. If you would like to get involved, or get more information, please visit our Green Team page or contact the Green Team and we’ll get right back to you.

Pastoral Care Team

Welcome Table Team

We have set up a welcome table in the Narthex for those new to the EUMC community with helpful info about some of the church programs and activities. We need volunteers to help attend the welcome table during the time in between services and after the 10:45 am service. Our hope is to do this on a rotating basis. Please contact Rev. Kim Capps at revkim@eumclaurel.org if you can volunteer to welcome visitors to Emmanuel on Sunday mornings.

Together at Ten Team 

Food, Fellowship & Fun!
As a member of a Together @ Ten team, you will work with one or two other volunteers to provide refreshments during our fellowship time between services.  Each team provides one or two food item(s), such as bagels and cream cheese, fruit, donuts, cheese and crackers, or quick breads. For more information and to sign up, please visit Together@Ten Sign Up or contact Pat Staffeldt at TogAtTen@eumlaurel.org.

SPRC (Staff-Parish Relations Committee)

Finance Team

Endowment Team

Musicians / Singers / Choir / Praise Band Members / Handbells


Handbell Choir Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday nights beginning early September, 6:45-8:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Handbell ringing is great fun and is an easily acquired skill. The bells contribute a special magical quality to our worship services. The Handbell choir plays 6-8 times a year, September-June, and for special services. Adults and Children who are in 5th grade and older are welcome to join.  If you’d like information about joining us, please email Chris Wilcox at cawilco1985@gmail.com, or give him a call at 240-568-5143.


Our Choir will be returning to worship in September with rehearsals on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary beginning Thursday, September 3.  We need you to come sing with us!  Even if you don’t think you are ready, or good enough, or that you are too busy, we can find a way to make it work and you can help lift your voice in praise!  Contact our Music Director Andy Spang at andrew@lyricbrass.com or 410-596-2280 if you have any questions.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” — Psalm 96