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:


If you have a child in 3rd through 5th grade who would like to serve as an acolyte
and light the Christ candle during the 9:00 service, please contact Lori Magoon at
410-796-4642, lomagoon@gmail.com. Training will be provided.


Join our Audio / Video / Graphics operations crew during worship services. Contact Mei Vader at meilpvader@gmail.com.


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 – 3 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 the church office at office@eumclaurel.org.

Church Openers

Every Sunday, a volunteer unlocks the church building by 8:00 AM.  Our group of Church Openers has dwindled over the years and we are looking for more volunteers.  An Opener does the job for one month at time.  In case of emergency, or if you have plans for a Sunday during your assigned month, your duty always can be covered by another Opener.

The job takes about 15 minutes and allows others to arrive to a welcoming place!

To volunteer, contact Mike Bell at mikeadambell@gmail.com
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 Becky at wolfwoman1st@gmail.com, Patricia at Pldelkmercer@yahoo.com,  or Ray at Raymond.mercer68@yahoo.com.

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.

Lay Pastoral Care Team

Would you be willing to make a visit to someone who is ill or home bound? Or perhaps you enjoy preparing meals for people who have lost a loved one or are just out of the hospital?  Would you be interested in sending cards to people to let them know that the church has not forgotten them?  If so, please contact Rev Kim at RevKim@EUMCLaurel.org

Together at Ten Team – Food, Fellowship & Fun!

We thank all the volunteers who provide refreshments (such as bagels and cream cheese, fruit, donuts, etc.) and clean up during our Together@Ten fellowship time every Sunday at 10:00. The new sign-up-genius page is up and active through June 2018, so please sign up HERE to volunteer. If you have not volunteered for T@T before, let me know and I will pair you with an experienced team member. Contact Chris Armstrong at carmstrong8721@gmail.com, or visit www.eumclaurel.org/together-at-10/ for more information.

SPRC (Staff-Parish Relations Committee)

Finance Team

Endowment Team

Musicians / Singers / Choir / Praise Band Members / Handbells


Handbell Choir Rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights beginning early September through June, from 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 participates in worship from September through June, with rehearsals on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  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