A willingness to serve is the greatest indicator of a Christ-focused and healthy church. First United Methodist Church of Arlington is committed to providing its members opportunities to serve and share the love of Christ with our neighbors and with people around the world. Below are some of the many ways you can get involved at First UMC Arlington

Streaming Video Outreach & Worship Technology Volunteers

Sunday Mornings, Worship Ministries

If you always dreamed of being a part of live action, this might be your opportunity.  We are committed not only to sharing our worship services with a broader online community, but also to sharing our knowledge and learning from others. We hope you'll consider becoming part of our live streaming crew!

Each Sunday, the team gathers in the TV Control Room on the second floor and live streams the traditional service in the Sanctuary to those who are not able to be at in-person worship. There is a lot of teamwork, and some of the functions of the roles overlap. There is no experience needed, but you will receive training which can be scheduled after you let us know you want to be part of the team.

Also, during the services, there is a Sound Engineer and Graphics Coordinator ensuring good sound and visuals for the people worshiping in person.

You can serve in any of these roles on a rotating basis. In fact, the more people we have on these teams, the more flexible that schedule becomes. The time commitment is mostly on Sundays, and occasional planned times for special services. Volunteers can expect to spend about two hours on Sunday mornings to volunteer in any of these positions. Training is comprised of observing in the control room or in worship on Sunday mornings, most likely two different Sundays, as well as a possible one-hour hands on training.

Please email if you are interested in being a part of this interesting and important outreach.  Contact Beth Henkel, Video Specialist at  .

Here is a look at the different roles where volunteers serve:

Streaming Control Room

  • Director
    Looks at the overview of what camera shots are available and selects and manages them in real time as the service is streamed.  This person may also help with controlling the cameras and putting in graphics depending on the staffing of the day.
  • Technical Director
    This is the person who runs the switcher.  This person is responsible for selecting the camera to stream, transitioning from one shot to the next, and inserting/removing graphics.
  • Camera Operator
    Supports the director by operating the 3 PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras to set up shots quickly as the service evolves.  This person may also help with graphics.
  • Engineer/Graphics
    Selection, insertion and removal of graphic overlays to identify the church and speakers and provide song lyrics, responsive readings and other text for the streaming audience using a tool called Media Shout. This person may also help with cameras.
  • Sound Engineer
    Primary duty is to monitor and adjust microphone levels for streaming service.

Traditional Service/Sanctuary and Revive Service/Great Hall

  • Sound Engineer
    Monitors and adjusts microphones for services, troubleshooting any problems before services begin and monitors throughout.  
  • MediaShout/Graphics Coordinator
    Coordinates with staff during the week before services to build pages with text, using a product called MediaShout.  Monitors during services to advance text in real-time with service order. 
  • Youth Sound Booth Technicians
    For students in grades 7-12 who are interested in technology, consider being part of the team who runs MediaShout and sound for Sunday evening worship in the Underground.  Once trained on this system, you can easily transfer those skills to help out in Revive or in the Sanctuary.
  • Technical Support/Special Projects Volunteer
    Sometimes we just need an extra set of hands to help with technology things for special events, things like setting up temporary systems, inventory of equipment and various other things.  No special skill sets or training is needed, just an interest in learning the ins and outs of church technology needs and in helping where needed.