Throughout the Bible we read about the importance of serving God and one another, such as Joshua 22:5, where we read:
"...love the Lord your God, and walk in all his ways and keep his commandments and cling to him and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Jesus Christ himself modeled this with His disciples and others He encountered during His earthly ministries. Jesus' example should serve as a model for His followers to selflessly serve one another faithfully.
Here at First Family Church we talk about our three key values: to celebrate, grow, and serve. As you are a part of our church family, we encourage you to be involved by serving in our ministries. We have many different areas for you to get plugged in with that will allow you to use your gifts and talents to serve God and others. If you're interested in signing up to help with a ministry, you can do so at the bottom of the page.
Sign up to serve for a service ministry to get involved, and read on below to learn more about each area:
(Julie Porter/Heidi Warner)
The Biblical counseling ministry at First Family Church is done through specific, one on one, redemptive relationships using biblical wisdom, Christian integrity, and compassion. If your passion is to patiently walk alongside others who are struggling, to listen, encourage, guide, and love them, then the lay counseling ministry may be the place for you to serve. Our mission is to bring restoration to others by helping them grow in their knowledge of who God is, in their understanding of a Christ-based identity, and in their ability to live accordingly. Training is required prior to serving.
First Family’s Celebration Ministry provides many opportunities for people from every walk of life to use their gifts and abilities in a variety of music, arts and service organizations. Opportunities through singing, playing an instrument, performing with a drama team or serving with one of the technical teams are just a few of the music and arts ministries that are available. In addition, FFC’s Celebration Ministry offers opportunities for people to serve as ushers, greeters, hosts, café help, shuttle drivers, and parking lot attendants. There is a place for everyone to serve in the weekend celebration!
FFC is always on the lookout for men who desire to lead and shepherd God’s church. This responsibility is huge, and extensive training is required. However, we take seriously God’s command in 1 Timothy 2:2 (“teach faithful men”), so if you sense leadership of this magnitude may be in your future, then the eldership training cycle may be of interest to you.
In addition to our small groups, FFC also provides learning environments in a class setting that typically meet during one of our morning services. You could call this “Sunday School” for adults where the primary focus is Bible training and theology. A team of teachers meets regularly and handles the yearly curriculum plan, and quality communicators are needed on a regular basis.
Can you lend a hand for few minutes after one of our services to empty trash, vacuum a room, straighten chairs, or clean a sink? How about checking classes after our Wednesday activities? Many hands make light work, so why not get involved!
Support Ministries: Celebration Grounds Café
(Nate and Janet Weeden)
This involves setting up drinks and food between the services, and welcoming and serving others who are either leaving the 8:30 or coming to the 10:30 service.
Support Ministries: Greeters and Hosts
These “people-people” have time slots before and after each Sunday service and are responsible to welcome folks, give directions, and provide a friendly smile. This opportunity suits folks who love strangers and count everyone as a friend.
Support Ministries: First Arrivals
Good signs and easy-to-find parking are just two of the ways FFC strives to create a healthy image even before people walk in our doors. Plus, we accent this with real people who assist our elderly and/or handicapped, young moms with multiple children, etc, by meeting them even before they reach the front door. Help families get a good start every Sunday by joining the First Arrivals team!
Support Ministries: Ushers
Handing out worship folders, assisting with seating, and collecting the offering each week are the main responsibilities of our ushers. These folks rotate on a regular basis and help with our weekend services.
While most of our caring and shepherding is done through our small groups, there are times when needs arise and our church rallies to handle specific situations with meals, childcare, baby showers, etc. This requires a team of people willing to coordinate and activate others so that needs are met. If you have mercy gifts and/or calling/contacting skills, this would be a good fit!
(Becky Doubleday/Heidi Hight/Amy Schendel)
In all our classrooms, we emphasize Biblical truths and teach the kids to love our Lord. As kids grow older, more in depth and challenging lessons, activities, and memorization encourages them to learn more about God’s Word and make their faith their own. Some volunteers serve every week and others serve monthly. Our positions range from nursery workers and preschool helpers, to lead teachers and helpers in our elementary classes. All rooms are assigned with at least one leader and one helper. We welcome youth helpers. We are always looking to add dedicated, passionate workers to our team.
- Early Childhood – We provide a nurturing environment for children during both weekend services for birth through preschool ages. Our rooms are divided by developmental and peer groups over eight classrooms in our Early Childhood ministry. Age appropriate lessons and activities are provided.
- Elementary – For Kindergarten through 5th grade we offer a learning and activity time during both weekend services. The lessons and activities are provided. With the lesson plans available online, you can easily prepare for your lessons at home throughout the week. We divide our Elementary group in two sections: younger elementary, which covers Kindergarten through 2nd grade; and older elementary, which covers 3rd grade through 5th grade.
- Wednesday Services – [September - April] During our Wednesday evening activities, all our kids and families are encouraged to attend a family-oriented worship service (from 6:00-6:25 pm). Following this weekly family event, kids begin their Awana (elementary) and Cubbies (preschool) activities, while parents are encouraged to serve alongside their kids in this fun and exciting ministry. We can use parent listeners, classroom helpers and game time helpers.
- Summer Activities – Although our programs change during the summer months, it is still a fun and busy time at First Family Church! From Family Camp to Vacation Bible School, we always have some activities going on. Our Wednesday activities break for the summer, and our weekend services are switched up to provide a different learning environment for our kids.
- VBS - The main event for the children’s ministry is VBS. We need group leaders; craft, game and snack helpers; set design and decorations; and set-up and tear down. We also have openings for teachers and helpers for all ages on Sunday morning.
Each Small Group needs a host and a leader. Providing a home is as key as leading the group, and they work together to provide a regular environment of discipleship and care to those within their group!
Weekly accountability groups, early morning “spiritual fraternity” meetings, and periodic big events for men are part of FFC’s outreach to men in our metro area. Leading a Bible study, organizing a trip or simply providing direction and ideas by being part of the leadership team, there is room on this team for men who desire to be God’s man for their family, church and community.
From Australia to Thailand to Afghanistan — we are honored to support a host of missionaries as well as continue to build solid relationships with each of them. Sponsor a missionary through prayer in your Small Group, or serve with our missionaries overseas and stateside.
FFC Youth exists for two reasons. The first is to assist Christian parents in their role of discipling their middle school and high school children. The second is to reach non-Christian students in Ankeny with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then disciple them. We aim to accomplish these goals with our three core values: Gospel, Community and Mission. We believe that every student needs these three things in order to grow into mature Christians who follow, love and serve Christ for the rest of their lives.
FFC Youth is always looking for adult youth leaders who will help us accomplish our goal of reaching and discipling students. We look for adults who love God and love students. A youth leaders’ primary purpose is to be a small group leader or assistant leader. Our students are placed into gender and grade specific small groups. These small groups consist of 6-8 students and two youth leaders. The groups sometimes have two co-leaders or a leader and an assistant. The role of an assistant small group leader is to shadow an existing leader until they feel comfortable leading on their own. These groups meet weekly at the end our youth group time and then regularly plan activities outside of youth group. If you are interested in being a youth leader, please contact Travis Walker.
FFC Young Adults
Young Adults exists to encourage college age students spiritually during a difficult time of life. Similar to the youth ministry, college students need to believe the Gospel, live in Community and be active in Missions in order to go on for God. If interested in supporting this ministry, please contact Travis.
Future Leaders Always Serving Him. FLASH exists to teach our children to become servant leaders with eyes fixed on the Lord through sports. We offer competitive teams in basketball and volleyball that compete throughout central Iowa. We welcome children of all ages and abilities. If you or your child has a love for sports, see how you can get involved.
Discipleship groups and Bible studies for women are a regular item at FFC. Led by a team of women who meet regularly to brainstorm ideas and schedule women’s events, the women’s ministry seeks to reach out to ladies and help them feel fulfilled, equipped and complete in a world where outer flash and physical beauty is overemphasized.
Below you can indicate how we can help you get plugged in to our ministries.