Ministries of Grass Valley UMC
To volunteer for any of these ministries, start with a phone call or e-mail to the church office. Our Administrative Assistant, Jodi Alba, can direct your message to the right church leader.
The Pasty Bake
The Cornish Pasty originates from Cornwall (Southwest England) and can be traced back as far as the 1200’s. Mining was once a thriving industry in Cornwall and at that time pasties were baked by the wives and mothers of the tine miners. Pasties were made with a thick crimped edge along one side so the miners could use the crimp as a handle to hold on to while eating. The miners hand would often be covered in arsenic from the mine, so the miners would discard the handle when they were done. The crusts were never wasted though, as many miners believed that ghosts, or ‘knockers’, inhabited the mines, and the leftover crusts would keep these ghosts content. Traditionally, pasties were made with different fillings at each end. One end containing meat and vegetables, and one end with a sweet filling. The sweet end would be marked with an initial so the miners knew what side to eat first.
Today, Cornish pasties are filled with steak, potatoes, swede (rutabaga) and onions.
Pasties are a great tradition from our Cornish heritage here in Grass Valley and remain a favorite of everyone today. Once a month, 35 volunteers gather to make over 1000 pasties, which are sold to the local community.
This fund raiser allows us to do more for our community, while giving us a place and time to gather and share our lives.
We have sit down jobs, stand up jobs, jobs that require some training and jobs that require only a willingness to help. We can always use more help (no one can come all 11 months of our baking), and hope you might consider this possible volunteer opportunity.
We gather at 7 a.m. in Wesley Hall on the last Thursday of each month.
To order the Pasties:
Reservations are taken at each pasty bake when you pick up your pasties, for the next month. You may also make a reservation for the following month, if you do not want pasties next month.
Pick up times remain from 11am to 2pm on bake day. Pasties left after 2pm will be sold.
If there is an emergency and you cannot pickup your pasties, please call (530) 272-1946 on bake day
You will continue to get a reminder e-mail of the pasty bake day on the Friday before the bake.
Please park in the rear of the church on South School Street.
On Pasty Bake day, for questions, call (530) 272-1946.
Last Friday Supper
On the “Last Friday” of each month except during November and December which is usually on the 2nd Friday of the month. Check our church calendar for the exact dates. Grass Valley United Methodist Church offers a free dinner to anyone.
This ministry is an outreach to bring people and families together for a great meal.
Gerry Gaynor has been creating nutritious and delicious meals for years!
During the holiday’s of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we offer these meals earlier in the month. They are usually on the 3rd Friday of the month.
You can also help donate, cook or serve at these meals. You may contact Gerry at: (530) 274-1579 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See more photos of our Last Friday Supper in our Photo Gallery
It is a hallmark ministry of churches to care for the needs of church members and friends in times of need. Visits to those who are sick, grieving, hospitalized, or home bound are just a few of the many caring opportunities.
Church members and community knitters gather on the first Thursday of each month from 10 AM till noon. ALL knitters are welcome to bring their current projects and creative ideas.
Prayers and Squares
Quilting and sewing are a big part of the culture and fun here in Grass Valley and Nevada County.
Prayers and Squares is a sewing ministry of the Grass Valley UMC.
We gather on the first and last Friday morning of each month, on the third floor of the church, to design and assemble lap size quilts for those who may be recovering from illness, or for celebrating occasions like graduations, moving away, or babies born.
Once the quilt is made, we put ties into it and have the Sunday Congregation tie knots and say a prayer over the knots.
This quilt is then given to the person for whom we are praying, along with the signatures of all those who have prayed over the quilt written on a greeting page .
If you are interested in joining our group, contact Susie Ernst at: (530) 432-8846 or email her at PrayersandSquares@GV-UMC.org.
You do not have to be a quilter – we will teach you. What a great way to learn quilting in Grass Valley! Come, join us, learn quilting or share your skills while enjoying the friendship of some great folks.
The Media Team
The media team includes the multi-media portions of our worship services, meetings, classes, etc.
The team is made up of volunteers from our church.
There is free training included as well as much of the material that the media-tech will need to let their creative juices flow for the good of God.
Media includes folks involved in PowerPoint, the Sound System, and Videos.
If you have a desire to let your spirit soar through these creative channels, or if you are a tech person, come join the rest of the team in this fun ministry.
We look forward to having fun with you while we raise our spirits and those of the other people who will benefit from your skills.
We are always happy to train new volunteers to read scripture, serve as ushers, set up refreshments, assist wheelchair arrivals, and provide informal security. Call the church office to find out more and get a call back from the appropriate team leader.
The choir (Thursdays at 7:30 pm), the Wesley Ringers (hand bells on Thursdays at 6:15 pm) and the Children’s Chimes (call) are always glad to welcome new members!
Building and Grounds, Finance and Administration
If you are called to ministries of these kinds, we can always use more help! Creativity and expertise from your work and/or hobbies can be a great addition to our teams.
We have a professional facilities manager/grounds-keeper who handles regular tasks, but he is glad to enlist help from time to time.
Administration and finance are handled completely by church members who volunteer their time. You may be nominated to serve on the appropriate committee.