Serving others

North Decatur UMC takes seriously God's call to love others, and we participate in a variety of outreach projects in the Decatur community, and beyond. You are invited to serve with us. 

For more information about our ongoing initiatives and partners: 

Serving Our World

For information about ways you can serve right here at North Decatur: 

Serving At North Decatur

Scroll down to find info on our community partners that have volunteer opportunities for winter 2021-2022.

Visitation Ministry

If you are involved in the Visitation Ministry or would like to learn more about calling, writing, and visiting our seniors, you are invited to a quick meeting after worship on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Rev. Harlene with any questions.

l'arche atlanta

L’Arche Atlanta is Hiring!

Join L’Arche Atlanta’s faith-based community of people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities as a Live-In House Assistant! This is a full-time salaried position to live and work in the L’Arche home in Decatur. No prior experience working with people with disabilities is required. House assistants build relationships of mutual care and support with people with disabilities (Core Members), while providing direct care supports, such as assisting with activities of daily living, meal preparation, transportation, medication management, and the documentation associated with those activities. L’Arche provides room & board, competitive pay, health insurance, and generous paid time off. L’Arche invites and celebrates diversity – we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. For a full job description and to apply, visit 

Ways to Volunteer with L'Arche:

Build community with us. Our community events and Connexions groups extend our mission beyond our home to the many families in Atlanta that include adults with disabilities. Want to help create a place of welcome for these families? We always need help with set-up, hosting, and clean-up at our events.

Offer a specialized skill. Over the years, we’ve found that specialized skills can be key to helping others belong. From serving on a Board of directors to capturing photographs to making electrical repairs, we invite you to inquire about how your skill could advance our mission.

Join us for a meal. Love cooking? We invite you to share a home-cooked dinner with our house. We deeply appreciate our monthly cooks — and the joy of welcoming them to our table.

Garden with us. Have a passion for plants? Us too! We recently acquired four garden beds, and would love to work alongside you to maintain them.

Contact Megan Denton, Director of Development & Communications, to learn more. 

Decatur Cooperative Ministry

Our friends at DCM have distributed tens of thousands of pounds of food through our Fellowship Hall over the last year!

Upcoming dates:

June 1, June 22

July 13

Aug 3, Aug 24

Contact Cliff to volunteer.

They also have many other volunteer opportunities:

In December 2020, our music ministry produced a virtual benefit concert for DCM's Project Take Charge. You can watch Songs of Hope here!

Project Transformation

Project Transformation provides a literacy-focused summer camp out of Stone Mountain UMC. 

The literacy component of Project Transformation is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to interact with our children in a one-to-one setting. Reading volunteers listen to each child read for 30 minutes. After reading, the pair engages in discussion and comprehension activities about the story.

The reading component takes place at our day camp location on Monday-Thursday from 9:15-12:00pm. The Reading Program is June 8 - July 27 at Stone Mountain First UMC. Learn more.

Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights

The mission of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights is to empower, advocate, educate, and organize people of African descent affected by systemic racism and oppression on issues of equity in education, housing, and the legal system in the City of Decatur, Georgia and the surrounding communities.

Community members, elders, teachers, parents, and students will gather in Decatur Square at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11th for a Beacon Hill Truth Walk. Beacon Hill Black Alliance Board member and recently retired Beacon Hill Middle School teacher, Dr. Dawn Bolton said, “The purpose of the event is to provide a platform for intergenerational knowledge and support. We will have a passing of the torch, through generations, to continue the difficult and necessary work toward reconciliation, justice, and equity.” Along with Beacon HIll, coalition members include K16 Teach Truth, Georgia Youth Justice Coalition, and Georgia Educators for Equity and Justice. 

The Truth Walk will begin in the city square which is the site of the removal of two symbols of white supremacy: the 30-foot obelisk on the eve of Juneteenth 2020 and the removal of what Decatur students named the genocide cannon in October 2021. In August 2021, the Decolonize Decatur Committee of Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights organized a teach-in at the cannon where the community heard from local teachers and historians about the Indigenous - African connection and the connection to present day issues we face today. The Walk will continue to the statue “What Sonia Said” where there will be discussion of the Beacon Hill community’s past and the importance of learning Black history. The Walk will conclude with a “passing of the torch” ceremony at the recently renamed Beacon Hill Middle School. 

red cross blood drive

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade! NDUMC is thrilled to be hosting regular blood drives, starting July 11 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. 

We need your help! Volunteers are needed to help set up, to welcome donors, to make sure the snacks and drinks are ready (so important!), and more. Contact Charles Chamber at 404-484-3023 or to volunteer. 

To schedule an appointment to donate, please visit and use the sponsor code “NorthDecaturUMC”.