Impact News

Impact News UPdates

Current Volunteer Needs:

Free Tax Preparation Cokesbury will again this year be offering free tax preparation services through a partnership with CAC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the IRS for families with an income under $62k beginning late January 2018.  Volunteers are needed to assist with greeting and tax preparation. Training will be provided.  Contact Bob Hutcheson for more information:

Food for Kids Volunteers meet on Wednesday nights to set up and help the Cokesbury Kids pack bags for our Food for Kids program that are delivered to Hardin Valley and Maynard Elementary Schools. We meet at 5:30 to around 7 on the South Campus in the classroom downstairs closest the outside door. We need volunteers every other week during the spring semester to help with this important community outreach project. Sign up online here. For more information you can email Debbie Gray @   or call 205-908-6552. 

Mission Trip: Prague, Czech Republic - September, 7-16 2018 - this adult trip partners with a local English speaking United Methodist Church as it seeks to reach the local community.  This team likely will serve in the following ways: children's ministry, English as a second language instruction, sharing meals with locals, cultural learning and orientation, and serving with a local family shelter. Contact Renee for more details:

56 Ministry needs help on Sunday mornings during the 10:00 am worship service on the North Campus. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate games and lead guided small group discussions. Contact Manna to volunteer. We especially need male volunteers! 

56 Ministry also needs help on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm, leading games, joining students in worship, and supervising students. Contact Manna to volunteer

Hope Connection volunteers needed Serve once a month on either Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings walking alongside families in a difficult financial spot. Training and ongoing coaching will be provided.  Visit to find out more or contact Katie at

Volunteer Musicians Needed - If you play an instrument and would like to employ your talents for the glory of God, please let us know. Our South Campus has plenty of opportunities for you to engage in worship playing your instrument.Violin, flute, trumpet, saxophone, etc – all are welcome! A three-year level of proficiency is required.Please contact Marcelo Urias, our Traditional Worship Director at (865) 246-0434 or 



During the fourth quarter of 2017, KARM Stores received 992 donations of goods and time from those connected to Cokesbury.  KARM has shared $3,320 in gift cards for Cokesbury to help others in our community.

By enrolling in the Kroger rewards program (, you can raise money for Manna House every time you shop!  From September-November, 2017, Manna House supporters raised $$798.64 for Manna House. Click here to find out more and enroll. Please remember to re-enroll annually! 

Volunteer Spotlight

Kristyn McMahan, Cokesbury Students Volunteer

How and why did you get involved in your area of service?
I decided a few years ago that I wanted to work with students who were a little older than the ones I was teaching. I was teaching 4th grade and I started working with 6th graders. I have very fond memories of my youth group growing up and I instantly fell in love with the girls in my small group. I
am a believer that kids at this age have questions that they want answered about the Lord, and I knew I wanted to help them navigate through their questions. I love all the aspects of what Cokesbury Students stands for and I can’t wait until my son, Knox can join in the future.

What do you love about serving in this area?
I have been with my group of sophomore girls and I have enjoyed watching them grow up. Not only are they turning out to be great kids but their love for the Lord amazes me. I thought I was there to help them grow closer to God but they have helped me grow closer to the Lord. I really enjoy seeing
the kids take their Next Steps and give their time to other groups like the 56 program and Christmas Hope.

How have you seen God through your service?
One of the things that I truly love about Cokesbury Students are the retreats. During these retreats I have gotten to see friendships grow and I have really gotten to see the Lord move through these girls. Whether it’s praising God through the praise and worship during a retreat or building wheelchair ramps, these kids never stop amazing me. They are blessing in my life and I
am so lucky to be a part of theirs.