Serving Opportunities

Serving Opportunities

We believe that To Live as Disciples of Christ, we are called to serve: to make a contribution, to give something back to this world – not just take from it. God has gifted each one of us "to do certain things well" - things that bless people, change lives, and build up the church. This is our personal “ministry” or service. One of God’s purposes for our lives is to use our gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. Christianity is not a spectator sport. You are encouraged to be a participant in the work that God is doing in and through His church here at Hayes Barton. Here are opportunities for you to live out your personal ministry through service: 


Worship Service Ministries

Contact Becky Brown at (919)460-9472

Worship Service Team

The Worship Service team focuses on the mechanics of the worship services, and coordinates activities and special services with other ministries, especially for different liturgical seasons.

Altar Guild Team

This team is responsible for the altar preparation each week for worship in the Sanctuary on Sundays. There are several “behind the scenes” tasks that this ministry performs.

Ushers for Traditional and Contemporary Services

Ushers help visitors and members alike find seating, distribute bulletins, and welcome visitors to the service. Ushers are needed for all Sunday services, as well as for special services. Ushers are placed on teams and are assigned on a rotational basis.

Acolytes and Crucifer Ministry

Adult coordinators are needed to schedule, guide and train the youth of the church for this ministry. Acolytes and crucifers process and recess with the Light of Christ and the Processional Cross for all traditional worship services. All fifth through twelfth graders are automatically enrolled in this ministry.

Communion Stewards and Servers

Stewards - Purchase bread and juice and prepare them for communion services.  Two stewards prepare and clean up from Communion services and are assigned no more than two times per year.

Servers - Assist clergy on Communion Sundays and special worship services such as Easter and Christmas Eve.

Altar Guild Flowers

This team is responsible for coordinating the flower calendar book.  Team members are responsible for contacting the church members donating the flowers to get specifics of flowers or color choice and provide information to the florist.

Seasonal Decor

This team prepares the worship spaces for the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons,  decorating and ordering flowers and wreaths for the worship and gathering spaces.


Creative Arts Ministries

Contact Mike Trexler at (919) 832-6435 x19

Creative Arts Team

This ministry team is focused on all aspects of creative and fine arts (music, drama, artist endeavors, etc.) and is involved in planning and providing special events throughout the year involving these artistic mediums.

Lighthouse Design Team

This team has a passion for creating a worshipful environment on Sunday mornings in the Lighthouse Contemporary service.  Members on this team ensure the altar table and worship space decor are tied to the sermon and overall theme for the service.

Production Teams - Costume Designers, Set Designers, Props

Provide hands-on support for any special productions or programs planned throughout the year.

Chancel Choir

This choir supports the 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday morning traditional worship services. The group is a mixed SATB choir that sings a challenging repertoire from the traditional classics to spirituals.

Sanctuary Handbells

Using a five-octave set of handbells, the Sanctuary Bell Choir rings once a month at a worship service and for special, seasonal musical events. Sanctuary Bells rehearses on Wednesday mornings from 11:00am – 12:00 noon. Prior ringing experience is necessary.  Contact Susan Baldwin Stevens, conductor, if you would like to become a part of this bell choir.

Children's Choirs

There are two children's choirs organized by age for children ages 4 – fifth grade, the Genesis and Jubilee Choirs.  This is a special way for children to worship God through song.


Musicians are needed on a part-time basis as accompanists or soloists for special services and events occasionally throughout the year.

Lighthouse Praise Band

This band provides the contemporary music during the Lighthouse Service. Auditions are required.

Youth Praise Band

Join the fun with other members in middle-school and high-school as they provide music on Sunday evenings for UMYF and occasionally during the Lighthouse service.

Technical Arts Ministries

Contact Kelly Donaldson at (919)832-6435

Media Shout Team - Design and run Media Shout program for Lighthouse Service on Sunday morning, as well as other special events throughout the year.

Audio/Video Team for Sanctuary Services - Using the in house systems, record the Traditional worship services in the sanctuary, and operate the in house cameras for our webcast and overflow capacity in Fellowship Hall.

Sound and Video for Lighthouse Service - Run the soundboard and videos for the Lighthouse Service.


Special Ceremonies Ministries

Contact Rick Clayton at (919) 832-6435 x 15

Baptism Ministry - Assist families on Sunday mornings as they prepare for baptism, as either a Baptism Coordinator or Photographer. Volunteers serve on a rotation basis. Time commitment is on Sunday mornings when baptisms are scheduled.

Wedding Coordinator Team - If you love weddings, this is the ministry for you. This team of volunteers works with families as they prepare to celebrate holy matrimony at Hayes Barton. Good organizational skills and people skills are needed!


Staff Liaison: LuAnn Charlton
Lay Coordinator: Jeff Powell 919-608-0752

Purpose of Pathway:

- Plan and coordinate structured activities designed to intentionally enhance Biblical knowledge, support spiritual growth, and promote discipleship
- Provide educational consultation to all ministries from cradle to grave
- Manage resources that support educational activities

Adult Formation Ministries

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x 14

Spiritual Formation Team

Members of this team prayerfully discern God’s will for the Academy and engage in long-range planning, visioning, and strategy for it. Members also design class content, produce marketing materials, promote, and communicate the purpose and objective of the Academy to the congregation to raise awareness and interest in the Academy.

Adult Sunday School Classes

Participate in one of 14 unique Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings.

Adult Sunday School Teachers/Subs

Plan and facilitate lessons for Adult Sunday School classes.

Starnes Class Teachers

Help lead Sunday morning ministry to adults with developmental disabilities.

Adult Bible Study/ Small Group Facilitators

Facilitate a Bible study or small group for short or long term study.

DISCIPLE Bible Study

The DISCIPLE Bible Study program is designed to develop strong Christian leaders in local churches through the in-depth study of Scripture. Through DISCIPLE, persons will be strengthened in their faith and guided into service and ministry. HBUMC offers 6 unique Disciple classes at various times throughout the year.

Small Group Bible Studies

The studies in this series offer small groups a powerfully transforming experience in spiritual formation by exploring classic spiritual practices, and invites participants to develop daily patterns that open their lives to a deepening relationship with God and one another.

Wednesday Morning Ladies Bible Study

Pastor LuAnn uses Bible studies, Christian formation studies and lessons from contemporary literatureto help women learn to grow deeper in their faith, practice holy habits and explore ways to applytheological concepts to everyday life. Small group discussion is an important part of this time.

Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study

This women’s only study is offered in the Fall and Winter for 6 – 8 weeks. Curriculum varies each session.

Pastor’s Lectionary Bible Study

Meets every Thursday, 10-11am throughout the year in Fellowship Hall. Study the lectionary text for the following Sunday with Rev. Rick Clayton. No signup required.

Youth Education & Formation Ministries

Staff Contact:Josh French 919-832-6435 x25

Youth Ministry Support Team

This team focuses on planning and strategy related to the education and spiritual development of HBUMC youth.

JOY Class

The JOY Class is our Sunday School program for students in grades 6 – 12th.

JOY Class Leaders

Adult leaders are needed to teach and facilitate small group breakouts on Sunday mornings.

United Methodist Youth Fellowship

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship at Hayes Barton seeks to shape a Christ-centered ministry in which the youth of our church and community may participate. With the understanding that the Church is the body of Christ at work in the world, we hope to bring young persons to a new encounter with Jesus Christ, through a ministry of sharing and caring. Open to all youth in grades 6 – 12.

UMYF Counselors

Adults are needed to provide support and guidance to the youth that participate in UMYF on Sunday evenings.

Confirmation Class

All students in 8th grade are invited and encouraged to explore their faith commitment through Confirmation.

Confirmation Mentors

Adults are needed to serve as mentors to the Confirmands during the confirmation course.

Youth Mission Projects

Volunteer as an adult or youth to participate in youth mission projects including ASP, Costa Rica, or other domestic mission opportunities.

Youth Bible Study Leaders

Volunteer to help with small group bible studies for our middle and high school youth.

Scholarship Selection Team

Be a part of a team that awards scholarships to high school seniors.

Holroyd Youth Endowment

This group manages and administers the endowment fund for the youth.

Freshman Friends

Adults in this ministry “adopt” youth from our church that are entering their first
year of college. They provide notes and care-packages to the youth as a means of letting them know they are still cared for by their church family.

Children’s Education Ministries

Staff Contact: Liz Merritt 919-832-6435 x22 & Laurie Harrell 919-832-6435 x13

Children’s Dept. Library

Volunteers organize books and videos for the children’s library.

Children’s Spiritual Academy

Wednesday evenings are not just for adults. Preschool and Elementary age children have their own Spiritual Academy program.

Nursery Ministry

Volunteers serve as Sunday Nursery Coordinators on a rotating basis, signing in children (infants, crawlers, toddlers), and supporting the paid child care staff. When a baby is born, volunteers from this ministry prepare and deliver a meal for the family along with a gift from the church.

Extended Session Team

Be a part of the rotating team that coordinates and supports the volunteer parents who provide childcare and activities for preschool aged children during the 11:00 worship service.

Preschool Sunday School

All children ages 2 - 5 are encouraged to participate in our Sunday School program. Classes are organized by age.

Preschool Sunday School Teachers

Teachers are needed to lead the Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 10:45am for our preschool children. Curriculum and training is provided. Rotation depends on the number of teachers available per class.

Elementary Sunday School

All children in grades 1st – 5th are encouraged to participate in our Sunday School program. Classes are organized by grade.

Elementary Sunday School Teachers

Teachers are needed to lead the Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 10:45am for our elementary school children. Curriculum and training are provided. Rotation depends on the number of teachers available per class.

Vacation Bible School Leadership Team

Be a part of the team that organizes and plans all aspects of our annual week-long Vacation Bible School.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers

Volunteers are needed in many capacities to carry-out the activities of Vacation Bible School for one week during the month of June.


Staff Liaison: Rick Clayton & Amy Piland
Lay Coordinator: Mary Margaret Ross 336-613-6366

Purpose of Pathway: To connect our congregation with Jesus Christ and each other through
relationship building and service opportunities.

Welcome Ministries

Staff Contact: Amy Piland 919-832-6435 x27

Welcome Team

Team members plan, coordinate and implement all programs associated with Welcome Ministries, as well as strategize and improve all aspects of our welcome/hospitality ministry. Team members also volunteer to deliver a welcome bag to the homes of first-time guests during the week they visited Hayes Barton.

Greeter Team

Greeters staff the entrances to the church on Sunday mornings and greet everyone as they arrive for worship.

Pew Stewards

There are assigned a schedule of straightening and organizing the pews so that they are well stocked with brochures, pencils, pew pads and pens.

Sunday Morning Information Center Hosts

Welcome our visitors and members by answering the phone and answering questions at the front desk in the lobby on Sunday mornings. Training is provided.

Communication Ministries

Staff Contact: Doug Gill 919-832-6435 x26

Communications Team

This team focuses on creating consistent branding for the church and facilitates strategies for more effective communication among all ministry areas and the congregation, as well as provides consultation to all ministries in relation to communication mediums and options.

Audio and Video Recording Ministry

Be responsible for creating audio CDs of the Sunday morning worship services for members who want

Graphic Artist Volunteers

Volunteers create visually pleasing designs for publicity and communications content on an as needed basis.

Photography Team

Volunteers capture candid photographs of church events throughout the year to be used in dvds, on bulletin boards, in the Commissioner, and on our website. Photographers are also needed for Baptisms.

Lay Involvement Ministries

Staff Contact: Rick Clayton 919-832-6435 x15

Lay Leadership Team

Carry-out discipline-mandated nominations process for necessary positions.

Administrative Volunteer

Volunteers work behind the scenes on data entry, publicity, and administrative functions related to lay involvement ministries.


Staff Liaison: LuAnn Charlton
Lay Coordinator: Leah Ragsdale 919-782-6600

Purpose of Pathway:
-Create and support an environment that offers various opportunities for interaction and   relationship building among all members of the church

Special Events Ministries  

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x14

Special Events Team

This multi-generational team plans and implements activities that promote Christian friendship and connection for all members of the church, regardless of age. These annual events include Fall Fest, Shrove Tuesday and Fourth of July celebration.

Reception Team

Provides support for special events for small groups within the congregation. Plans the decorations, menu and works with other Fellowship ministries to support the event.

Décor Resource Team

This creative team of people provides the décor for large-scale church events.

Kitchen Ministry

Contact Melanie West at (919)832-6435 x39

Kitchen Team - Help with various preparations for the weekly Wednesday evening meal. Reservation volunteers, Check-in volunteers, cooking assistants, food prep helpers, dishwashers, and cleanup help is needed on an ongoing and regular basis.

Singles Ministries

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x14

Singles Ministry Team

Focuses on creating a supportive fellowship among single members of the church outside of Sunday School.

United Methodist Fellowship Ministries

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x14

United Methodist Women (UMW) Leadership Team

Promote and share ideas to support the Circles, the reading program, and the annual Bazaar and Silent Auction.

UMW Circles

Join one of 11 Circles which meet monthly for fellowship, mission projects, book studies, and spiritual development.

United Methodist Men (UMM)

The Hayes Barton United Methodist Men are organized around a dinner meeting held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM, followed by a program. They also organize service projects throughout the year to benefit the church and community.

A Few Good Men Breakfast Ministry

Join the men of HBUMC every Tuesday morning over a bowl of cereal to enjoy a devotion and time for fellowship. 7:00am in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Professional Breakfast

Join the professional men of HBUMC the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00am in the Fellowship Hall for a devotion, speaker or faith based video over coffee and breakfast.

Women’s Retreat Leadership Team

Work with this team to help plan our annual Women’s Retreat.

Grand Age Club

In association with Raleigh Parks and Rec., senior adults can participate in weekly programs, trips, and special events hosted at Hayes Barton UMC.


Lay Coordinator: Debbi Clarke 919-247-5788(cell) 919-870-6351(home)

Purpose of Pathway:

- Provide an intentional foundation of prayer as a source of guidance and support for individual members and for the work of the Church
- Identify and fulfill the needs for personal help and support within our congregation

Prayer Ministries

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x14

Prayer Ministry

This team focuses on creating HBUMC as a prayerful church by creating opportunities that encourage intentional prayer and spiritual growth. Team Contact: Scott Tyler 919-215-8830

Haggai’s Helpers Ministry

This group meets for one hour in the Columbarium Prayer Room on Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to lift up the needs of the church, the ministers and staff. Team Contact: Ann Bowers 919-755-0420

Prayer Chain Ministry

Volunteers pray at home for prayer requests received each week from members of the congregation.  Requests are written, sent by e-mail or by telephone and are considered confidential. Prayer requests are submitted by church members or any others who are seeking God’s wisdom, strength or healing. Team Contact: Jane Shirk 919-805-5663

Prayer Labyrinth Ministry

These volunteers maintain the prayer labyrinth and are responsible for all aspects of the labyrinth during the special times of the year when church members are offered the chance to walk the labyrinth. Team Contact: Sherry Mendenhall 919-423-6563 & Kathryn Tanner 919-266-7218

Prayer Partners for Ministers and Staff Ministry

Church members are paired with a minister or staff person to provide prayer support and
encouragement throughout the year. Team Contact: Ann Thompson 919-781-0964

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knitters and Crocheters meet monthly at HBUMC to work on Prayer Shawls, Lap Robes, and other charitable knitting and crocheted items. Members also work on these projects in their own homes. Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes are available for anyone in need of comfort, care, concern, and collective prayers. Team Contact: Larry Hines 919-781-5155

Prayer Warriors Ministry

This is a one hour commitment to pray during worship services in one of our Prayer Rooms. During this time, prayer warriors lift up all aspects of the worship service in prayer – especially praying for the ministers and congregants – that they would be touched by the power of the God’s love and by the Holy Spirit.  Team Contact: TBD (Contact Scott Tyler if you have any questions, 919-215-8830)

Silent Retreat Ministry

This retreat is open for all who wish to be renewed by simply spending time alone with God through pray, reading, meditating or resting. At Avila Retreat Center in Durham NC, participants can spend time in their rooms or walk the outdoor trails, stations-of-the-cross, prayer labyrinth or enjoy the chapel and extensive library. Retreats are offered at least twice a year. Team Contact: Mary June Jones 919-782-5725

Sunday School Prayer Partners Ministry

Adult Sunday School Classes are paired with a pre-school or elementary Sunday school class to support each other in prayer and to develop friendships and a common bond.  Team Contact: Lisa Jenson: 919-266-5354

Congregational Care Ministries

Staff Contact: LuAnn Charlton 919-832-6435 x14

AED Ministry

This ministry focuses on providing trained responders for medical emergencies that occur at church.  Team Contact: Trish Bynum 919-845-8765

AIDS Care Ministry

This group supports those with AIDS in the community by collecting, food, clothes and other items ofneed. Team Contact: Beth Russell 919-782-0416

Bereavement Ministry

This volunteer ministry greets the grieving family and offers support along with refreshments or a light meal for families following a funeral service at church.
Team Contact: Emily Barbour 919-417-7777

Chronic Illness Support Group

Living with any type of chronic illness can be emotionally, mentally/physically exhausting, frustrating and isolating. This group supports one another with personal and physical struggles, coping skills and successes in a confidential, compassionate and Christian space. Please not that this group supports individuals who have been diagnosed and are coping and living with chronic illness. Caregivers, friends and family members are encouraged to seek support from other congregational resources such as pastoral care or Stephen Ministries. Team Contact: Emily Grimes 919-395-8563

Cancer Support Ministry

This group provides support through Christian friendship, spiritual and emotional care, and educational support for cancer patients, survivors, and families. They will walk alongside others in their battles with cancer. Team Contact: Mary Elizabeth Gallagher 919-782-8116

Communion Stewards

Arrange for members of the Church to assist with the serving of Communion at all services that first Sunday of the month and special Holidays. Team Contact: Dick Stevens: 919-866-0304

At Home Communion Ministry

For people that are not able to attend a traditional communion service, we bring one to them through this ministry. This not only allows them to share in Communion but it keeps them connected with the church. Team Contact: Theresa Stevens 919-866-0304

Martha Ministry

Martha Ministry volunteers serve through Christ’s example. This group strives to assist members of our congregation who are “in need” by providing meals, transportation, and certain caretaking duties. Team Contacts: Julie Fleming 919-523-1490 & Mary Penn Sherlin 919-291-1824 For Requests call 919-832-6435 ex 33 and leave a message

Mourning Glories Ministry

A support group for HBUMC members who have lost children. This group recognizes how difficult it is to outlive your children and thinks of ways we can help each other through this difficult journey. We are all committed to helping each other through prayer and support no matter when your infant, teen or adult child died. Team Contacts: Becky Balentine 919-783-6806 & Sue Robertson 919-832-2269

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry offers Christ’s love and care to individuals experiencing difficult or troubling times. Stephen Ministers are caring and sharing Christian friends who desire to walk beside you when you are hurting, who will really listen, offer resources and referrals if needed, and pray with you and for you. 50 hours worth of training is required. Team Contact: Rev. Jesse Baker 919-832-6435 x20

Volunteer Patient Advocate Program

An outreach ministry that works with people who need someone to accompany them to the doctor’s office or outpatient procedures. Team members meet ahead of time to go over questions for the physician, take notes during the visit, and give feedback to the caregiver or family member as agreed upon. Team Contact: Annette Cass 919-606-3405

In Crowd Ministries

Staff Contact: Becky Balentine 919-783-6806

In Crowd Prayer Ministry

Church members who are home bound are supplied with a list of church prayer concerns each month. Team Contact: Sharon Thomas 919-787-0121

Reminiscent Outreach Ministry
An outreach ministry to those afflicted with Alzheimer/Dementia. Team members visit with music therapy (familiar hymns) and soothing visual stimulation to give God’s comfort.
Team Contact: Jen Smith 919-758-8475

Visiting Friends Ministry

These volunteers visit our church members who can no longer actively participate in the life of the church. They let our homebound members know that they are still loved and cared for by the church. Volunteers are asked to visit specific people on a monthly basis.
Team Contacts: Eleanor Blackwell 919-787-7855, Peggy Underwood 919-781-2372 & Reney Jones


Church Council

Contact Rev. Rick Clayton at (919)832-6435 x15

This is the governing body of the church. Members that participate on the Church Council are responsible for the overall goal-setting and visioning of the church, as well as holding each Pathway and ministry accountable to our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Objectives. Nomination is required to participate on the Council. The Council meets 6 times per year.

Finance Ministries

Contact Rev. Rick Clayton at (919)832-6435 x15 or Mike Constantino at (919)233-2066

Finance Team - Are you a “numbers” person? If so, you may enjoy serving on this team. The Finance team ensures adequate provision for the financial needs of the church, monitors the budget on a monthly basis, prepares the budget for each fiscal year, and recommends annual budget for approval to the Charge Conference.

Stewardship Team - This team plans and implements the annual Stewardship Campaign, as well as works to motivate congregational giving to meet budgetary needs, and to support the MVV of the church. Innovative ideas and writing, editing, desktop publishing, and organizational skills are welcomed in this very special ministry. Volunteers work closely with the Finance Team and Lay Involvement Team to organize a comprehensive campaign that involves all aspects of giving: of time, talent, and financial support.

Permanent Endowment Team - This team receives, administers, and invests bequests, trusts, and trust funds of the church in conformity with state and federal laws.

Staff Parish Relations Ministries

Contact Rev. Rick Clayton at (919)832-6435 x15 or Carolyn Carter at (919)772-3319

Staff Parish Relations Team - This ministry team plans for the personnel needs of the church in order to support the MVV and strategic map of the church. Additionally, they make recommendations regarding pastor appointments, salary and other remuneration of the pastor(s) and staff members, hiring of new staff and establishing new church positions, and provision of adequate housing for the pastor(s).

Board of Trustees Ministries

Contact Rev. Rick Clayton at (919)832-6435 x15 or Shelly Johnson at (919)834-9439

Board of Trustees Team - Supervises, provides oversight, and care of all real property owned by the church and of all property and equipment acquired directly by the church or any connected organization. Annually reviews the adequacy of the property, liability, and crime insurance coverage on church owned property, buildings, and equipment, as well as the adequacy of personnel insurance.

Parsonage Team - Oversees the maintenance and general concerns related to the parsonage including needed repairs, interior updates and aesthetics.
Day School Board Team - Provides oversight for the Hayes Barton Preschool Program including building and classroom requirements, staffing needs, tuition and curriculum, and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations.

Stewards of the Earth Ministry - Are you “green”? If you have a passion around creating an “environmentally friendly” community, this ministry is for you. This team recommends environmentally sound church policies and procedures related to property, building and resources to the Church Council. Additionally, they promote preservation and conservation strategies, engaging the entire membership in activities and events that contribute to the care and healing of God’s creation.

Receptionist/Office Volunteer - Weekday volunteers are needed to answer telephones, hand out information, answer questions, and provide directions for members and visitors to our church. Office volunteers assist with mailings and other office functions. Volunteers work 4 hour shifts once per week.

Transportation Ministry - Join this ministry as they provide transportation to church services and special events to our members who are unable to drive. In addition, this group is working to solve the parking challenges we face on Sunday mornings, as well as various times throughout the week.

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