Experiencing Christ, Offering Christ to Others

Senior Adult Ministry

By using the gifts God has bestowed upon us to serve others, we are serving God. The Senior Adult ministry opportunities here and in our community are numerous. Many of our members volunteer for ministries within the community, such as REACH of Jackson County, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Ramp Builders, and United Christian Ministries. Another great ministry right here in our church is our music ministry. The Chancel Choir (at the 11:00 a.m. service), and the Praise Band (at the 9:00 a.m. service) lead the congregation in hymns, music, and praise to God. See our Music Ministries at the bottom of this page for more information.

We pray that each of us here at FUMC of Sylva will use their special gifts and abilities to serve our Lord by serving others. To view our Servant Catalog and find ways that you can serve, visit our Ministry Opportunities page. For instance: the Ramp Builders, a group of retired church men who work with the Jackson County Department of Aging to build ramps for the disabled, are pictured above with just a few finished ramps over the past few years. In late 2013, the Ramp Builders completed their longest ramp ever constructed, a 100' ramp for two members of Sylva First United Methodist Church. Due to the dedication and our Ramp Builders, this ramp (below photo) was completed after five long days of work in very cold conditions.

We are always looking for new areas in which to serve, so if you have something in mind that you would like to share, please contact us by phone (586-2358) or by email.

Adult Ministry

Our Adult Ministry offers many of the same service opportunities as offered to our senior adults. For instance; serve as an adult leader for Camp Patton Springs or a team leader for the Appalachian Service Project or volunteer for Vacation Bible School. We pray that each of us here at FUMC of Sylva, regardless of age or life situation, will use their God given gifts and abilities to serve others. All adults are encouraged to visit our Ministry Opportunities page to see the Servant Catalog. Pray the Lord will guide you into servant ministry to our church, community, nation and the world.



Our Music Ministry

Sylva First UMC Music Ministry provides you opportunity to grow in your Christian faith, be a part of a vibrant Christian family, engage in passionate worship, radical hospitality, intentional discipleship, and enjoy the simplicity of being part of a warm and compassionate community.

Our Chancel Choir sings sacred and contemporary music in SATB format or in ensembles such as the Men’s Chorus and Wesley Vocal Band at the 11:00 Worship. Practices are conducted each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the chancel area of our sanctuary. The choir is directed by Tommy and Anna Ginn with Kathy McConnell-organist/keyboard accompanist. Anyone interested in joining the Chancel Choir should contact Anna Ginn at annaginn@me.com or check the box next to vocalist or instrumentalist on the Servant Catalog form (Ministry Opportunities page); then click "submit."

Our Praise Band sings and plays mostly contemporary worship music and leads those in attendance in passionate worship at the 9:00 am contemporary service in the Christian Life Center. The Praise Band has dedicated and talented musicians and singers. The Band is led by Scott Cochran, 9:00 Worship Leader. Practice is held in the Christian Life Center every Monday evening. Anyone interested in offering their musical abilities to the Praise Band should contact Scott Cochran at scochran760@gmail.com or check the box next to vocalist or instrumentalist on the Servant Catalog form (Ministry Opportunities page); then click "submit."

 A. Children and Youth Choirs is in need of someone to organize and direct. If you are interested and have experience in directing a children’s and or youth choirs, please contact Anna Ginn at annaginn@me.com. You may call the church office at 828-5876-2358 during working hours to leave a message also.
 B. Open Door Meal and Fellowship: this church sponsored event is held every 5th Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30pm in the Christian Life Center. Community musical groups give of their time to entertain those present. Anyone interested in providing music should contact Ann Ginn at annaginn@me.com.
 C. Community Hand Bell Choir: this group of dedicated musicians meet every Sunday afternoon @1:30 pm. at the Sylva First Baptist Church. The group is directed by Lori Merservey at 828-332-7999.
 D. Community Chorus: this group of singers from across the community meets Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm in the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. Call Bob Holquist, Chorus Director at 828-506-5951 or 828-227-3259 about joining.