Servant & Outreach Opportunities

Walnut Hills has several group servant opportunities:

  • Needles of Love: If you can sew or would like to learn to sew (by hand or machine), we need you. If you can cut or iron fabric or tie a knot, your help is needed. If you want to learn these skills, you are welcome. We love to teach anyone who wants to learn so the art of sewing and quilting will flourish. Contact Dee Moore at
  • Congregational Care Team: Are interested in assisting others in their time of need? If so, we provide food and serve at funeral dinners, as well as organize meals for members post-surgery, etc. Contact the WHUMC office
  • Stephen Ministry: Lay members who have been trained as “listeners.” Stephen’s Ministers are called upon to provide support for members experiencing life changing events, working in concert with our pastor. Contact Mel Hollingsworth or the pastor

If you’re looking to be involved in outreach beyond the Walnut Hills’ walls, consider participating in one of these groups:

  • A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS): This community group is committed to the IRON RULE: “Never do for others what they can do for themselves.” Through face-to-face, one-on-one meetings, we build relationships with members of our community. In the process, we cut through divisions such as race, religion, and socioeconomic status, and discover the passions and concerns that unite us all. Contact the pastor
  • Children and Family Urban Movement Meal Program (CFUM): Members of Walnut Hills UMC provide food and serve 150+ people from the CFUM program at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Julie McCormick at
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC): We help gather donations, such as food items or cash to the DMARC food pantry. Our volunteers then take items to the proper place for distribution. Contact the WHUMC office
  • Family Promise: Several times each year, we provide food and shelter for homeless families served in the Family Promise program. We generally set-up rooms for our visitors (in the church building,) make and serve meals to the families, serve as night hosts, and assist with cleaning and laundry. Contact Kim Roby at or 360-0492
  • Social Justice Team: We seek to address Social Justice in the context of the Christian faith, to inform members about social justice issues and encourage all of us to act justly. We meet quarterly or as needed. Contact Jean Swenson at
  • Reconciling Ministries: We work to create acceptance of all God’s children regardless of sexual orientation. Contact Christy Brown at 991-3605 or