senior ministries

Springfield First has a very active Senior Ministry. We have regular gatherings for fellowship, Bible studies, Sunday morning classes, quilting, games, and trips! Our seniors are very active in volunteerism in many areas of our church: serving as ushers, greeters, and office helpers; assisting with mailings; serving at the Welcome Center; helping in KidLife; joining prayer teams; and in active ministry to our homebound friends in care facilities. We also participate in ministering at the Asbury Children's Supper Hour, Kumler Neighborhood Ministries, the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, and hospice care.

For more information about Senior Ministries, contact Carli Burton.

Senior Ministries opportunities


Spring Communion Service will be on Wednesday, May 22, 

in Atrium 2 and 3 for all of our Caring Friends at 11:30am. This is a

special service for ones who are unable to attend regular church

services and their “Caring Friends” (also known as visitation volunteers). This abbreviated service is planned especially for each of you along with a delicious served meal as we spend more quality time with our caring friends as well as our pastors and staff. 

Please contact Carli Burton or call 793-9760 x111 for reservations. 

Contact Mac Shotwell if transportation is needed.


Saturday, May 25 – trip to Fox Theater to see Come From Away: On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. Broadway’s Come From Away has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics’ pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss

this breathtaking new musical. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” Cost for luxury coach ride and Broadway show is $110.00. We have tickets in Orchestra Seating, section 5, rows N – S for the 2:00pm Matinee. Departure time is 11:00am. (You may want to bring a snack for the bus). On our return home, we will stop at the Cracker Barrel in Troy, IL, at approximately 5:00pm. Please sign up in the Atrium or contact Carli Burton. A nonrefundable deposit of $30.00holds your ticket. 

Payment is due in full by May 5. First come, first served. Please make your checks out toFirst United Methodist Church.

Thursday, July 25Barn III Dinner Theatre to see G.I. Jukebox

Dinner begins at 6:00pm. This instant sell-out from 2008 is back by popular demand! G.I. Jukebox is a terrific night out at the Stage Door Canteen. 

The cast sings some of the best music of the twentieth century in fabulous

four-part harmony. The comedy and music flow fast and furious. It's a comic

and nostalgic musical retrospective of an America we'll never see again! 

Cost for luxury travel, dinner, and show is $61.00. We will depart from

our parking lot at 4:15pm. Sign up in the Atrium. Your payment holds

your place. Please make your checks out to First United Methodist Church.

Thursday, August 1 – 

Cardinals vs. Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis; 6:15pm game.

Saturday, September 20 – 

Cardinals @ Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago; 1:20pm game. 

opportunities for seniors


Men and women are invited to this monthly fellowship. The group begins with a devotional, followed by assorted games and lunch.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month (September to June) at 9:30-12:30pm

Where: Rooms 5/6

Contact: Carli Burton


Ladies meet for fellowship and bridge. Bring a sack lunch and join the group for fun.

When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 12:00-3:00pm

Where: Rooms 5/6

ContactJoanie Curl


Whether you are a skilled quilter or a beginner, you are welcome to join this group! Bring your own project and a lunch.

When: 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:15am-2:30pm

Where: Rooms 5/6

Contact: Helen Greening

care ministers

To submit a Care Ministry Report, click here.