Having a heart for service is an integral part of our walk with Christ. God has gifted each of us with some unique skill, some ability to use for God’s glory. As mundane or second nature as it may seem to us, there’s a need that we were designed to fill to show the world God’s love.
Here are a few examples of opportunities to serve within the walls of St. Paul’s. Contact Ronelle Neperud to get involved!
Making St. Paul’s a friendly and welcoming place is vital to connecting with all those who walk through our doors. A smile and friendly conversation create an environment that says “we’re so glad you’re here” and at St. Paul’s we really are! There are many opportunities to serve on the front lines, from parking attendants to hosts and greeters, ushers to front office support. A friendly smile and a heart for welcoming all people is just what’s needed to serve in any of the above roles.
A major part of being a compassionate faith community is supporting each other in times of need. There are many opportunities to serve and show support for those in our St. Paul’s family of faith. Opportunities include reaching out through phone calls, sending a handwritten note, prayer shawls, preparing and delivering needed meals, providing transportation, and making home or hospital visits. If your heart leads you to reach out to others in times of need, this may be the opportunity for you.
There are many ways to serve as part of our worship leadership teams. From liturgists to communion servers, audio visual tech to musicians, children’s time leader to visual arts team, there is a place for you.
There are many ways to participate in Christian education and faith formation at St. Pauls. We offer adult, youth and children’s Sunday school classes, children’s church, nursery, short and long term bible studies, and VBS to name just a few. If you are a natural facilitator and have a heart for discipleship we invite you to consider a leadership role in Christian education and faith formation. Contact Pastor Sandra Cox for more information.
St. Paul’s unique identity includes valuing diversity and social justice and finding its life in serving others. We provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to be involved in serving others – below are just a few!
Thanks to our Peace & Justice Team’s Refugee Program, we have many opportunities to help refugee families as they transition to new lives in our community. Read more >>
The BEST (Being Environmental Stewards Together) Garden Team created and lovingly nurtures St. Paul’s Food Pantry Garden on the grounds of St. Paul’s. The garden was developed to provide nourishing vegetables, fruits and berries to food pantries in our immediate area. Find out more and get involved by visiting St. Paul’s Food Pantry Facebook Group.
St. Paul’s regularly hosts blood drives, has ongoing food drives for local pantries, and provides opportunities to serve at on-site locations for projects such as Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, My Father’s House, and Harvesters.
Our Mission Partners are the organizations we work with most frequently locally and internationally. Missions include a construction project in Guatemala, service to McCurdy School in New Mexico, and a water project with El Porvenir in Nicaragua. We support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in a variety of ways, depending on the need. Trainings have been held at St. Paul’s and individual members have worked on various relief teams.
If you’re interested in participating in these efforts or learning more about getting involved, please contact Pastor Sandra.
St. Paul’s is a serving congregation! We’re involved with many organizations outside the walls of our church in a variety of ways. We regularly contribute food, funds, teams of workers, and advocacy and prayer for the ministries listed below. Click an organization’s logo to visit their website and learn more about the vital services they provide.
Since 1963, Cross-Lines has been a place of hope for the poor by helping provide basic services. St. Paul’s has been involved for many years in many ways: serving monthly at the Food Kitchen, stuffing back packs for children, helping with the Christmas store, and contributing to the emergency assistance fund. Find St. Paul’s food kitchen recipes here.
Clean water is not taken for granted in Nicaragua, and El Porvenir strives to do something about that. This organization educates and lifts up communities, helping them to build wells and sanitation stations so they can live healthier lives through clean water. Since 2011, St. Paul’s has been sending teams once a year to work beside community members and El Porvenir to finish projects that change lives.
IHN’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and meals to the homeless in Johnson County while giving faith communities an opportunity to serve. St. Paul’s partners with Shawnee UMC one week each quarter to provide meals for families, evening companionship, and overnight supervisors in an effort to restore a sense of dignity and hope to homeless families.
Located in our backyard at 87th & Lackman, NC Multi-Service Center provides families in Johnson County with food, medical assistance, rent and utility assistance. Our Community Garden here at St. Paul’s provides fresh produce for the food pantry in addition to the non-perishable food we collect and deliver every other month. Our choir participates in the “Better Together” concert, a food-raiser held every fall.
UMCOR is the umbrella relief organization for our denomination. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, UMCOR gathers funds and supplies, 100% of which are channeled directly to the earmarked effort. Relief is provided in five core areas: Hunger, Health, Refugees, Emergencies, and Relief Supplies. Volunteers in Mission (VIM) also stems from UMCOR and aids in coordinating mission teams like the ones St. Paul’s has sent to Haiti; Guatemala; Nicaragua; Joplin, Missouri; and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska.