Ministries & Missions

at First UMC Lincolnton



The card ministry makes monthly contacts with “thinking of you” cards. In addition to monthly greeting cards, members are remembered at other occasions such as birthdays and times of loss.

If you know of someone who needs to receive a card, or if you would like to assist in this ministry, please let the church office know.




Our Lay Visitation team is made up of members who assist the pastor with nursing home visits, as well as visits to our many homebound members. Each month, the team rotates between the nursing homes and those special in-home members to bring them some added cheer and keep them informed as to what’s happening in church. During special times of the year, the team puts together treat bags and other goodies to share with those receiving a visit.

If you wish to become a part of this vital ministry of our church, please contact the church office.



This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow- up discussions were to them.

Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.

GriefShare meets each Monday at 10:00 a.m. in The Annex, located on Main St, between the fellowship hall and the sanctuary.  For more information about the program, or to register, please click the box below.



First UMC offers programs for Cub and Boy Scouts. Both groups meet on Monday evenings in the lower level of the Education Building, accessible from Sycamore St. The Boy Scouts meet from 6:00 to 7:30, and the Cub Scouts meet from 6:30 to 7:30.  For more information, contact the church office and they will put you in contact with the scout leaders.

First UMC also offers programs for Girl Scouts of all ages. The Girl Scouts meet every other Tuesday evening in the lower level of the Education Building.




The Chancel Choir meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the choir room, located in the Middle Building. They provide service music each Sunday, as well as special times of the year, including Easter, Christmas and other holy days.

The Handbell Choir meets every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm in the choir room, located in the Middle Building. They play roughly 4-5 times a year during morning worship services.


First UMC supports and provides leadership for various ministry opportunities

in and around the Lincolnton community:

  • GE MASSEY SCHOOL: We actively support GE Massey Elementary School in a number of ways.  We provide lunch, snacks, duty free lunch for the teachers.  We pack meal kits for 20+ children each week so they will have meals over the weekend.  We collect school supplies for the students and the teachers throughout the year.  We also support the children at Massey during Christmas through Angel Tree Giving.
  • PRISON MINISTRY: For over twenty years, First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton has sponsored, staffed and operated an outreach to inmates and staff of the Lincolnton Correctional Center. The effort is under the auspices of the Methodist “Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry” which now spans several states, but participating volunteers also come from other denominations and the work we do is both ecumenical and non-denominational in nature, utilizing universal Christian teachings. Our Prison Ministry volunteer team conducts weekly classes at the facility, assisting inmates to both discover and re-discover their spiritual selves and use that “touch” to change lifestyles, priorities, and lives.  Contact the church office for a referral to the ministry’s leadership if you’d like more information.
  • CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES/LINC MEALS: First UMC continually collects food items for the Soup Kitchen at Lincoln Christian Ministries, as well as for their regular food distributions to those in the community in need of their services.  We also provide drivers who travel throughout Lincoln County to provide meals to the elderly and those in need.
  • HESED HOUSE OF HOPE: First UMC supports the ministry of Hesed House by collecting clothes and other household items for the residents.  Also, groups within the church visit Hesed House on a regular basis to provide a meal for the residents.
  • AMY’S HOUSE/CLOSET: First UMC supports the ministry of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also known as Amy’s House – A safe haven for families displaced by violence and a transitional step until they could recover, heal, empower, and make plans for their future.  
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