Missions

Serve from home, at St. Paul's, and in the community

Serving God by Serving Others

Having a heart for service is an integral part of our walk with Christ. God has gifted each of us with unique abilities to use for God’s glory. No matter how you feel called to serve – making music, working with kids or youth, serving Communion, growing food in our garden for local pantries, providing support to church family members in challenging times, and much more! – we can help you find a way to serve God by serving others.

In addition to serving at St. Paul’s and from home, we also work alongside many partner organizations in our community and around the world. Here are a few of the current opportunities to Serve God by serving others; check them out and get involved!

learning pods

Serve in a Learning Pod

Looking for a way to help parents and students navigate back-to-school 2020? Join us in partnering with The Hub @ Metropolitan Ave UMC & YouthFront to provide Learning Pods for students in KCK. The Hub is located in the former Metropolitan Ave UMC building in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, KS. We are looking for adults who are able to commit to working with students for 2 hours, once a week for one semester of virtual learning (Tuesday or Thursday afternoons). Training will be provided by YouthFront the week of September 28 and the Learning Pods will begin the following week.

If you’re interested in participating please fill out this form. Additional information can be found hereFor any other questions about this opportunity, please contact Carter Ellis or Scott Groth.

Please note that all volunteers must be Safe Gatherings certified through the UMC. Contact Allison Marcus for information on how to start Safe Gatherings certification.

learning pods

Tend the Food Pantry Garden

Meet up with other St. Paul’s volunteers in the garden on Saturday, October 3, 9am to dig up sweet potatoes, pull and bag other plants, and put our hard working garden beds to rest.

If you have any extra lawn bags, please bring them. No experience needed, we’ll be happy to have you! Contact Kurt Hookstra for more info, and be sure to join our Facebook garden group to stay in the loop.

Remember to practice social distancing guidelines.

Cross-Lines volunteers

#SearchKC with Veronica’s Voice

Join St. Paul’s Peace & Justice team in assisting Veronica’s Voice with a search for missing children in the KC area. Veronica’s Voice is organizing the October 16 social media search for missing and exploited children.

Find more information on the Veronica’s Voice website or by contacting Suzette Mack.

Register before September 30 to join this effort.

Cross-Lines volunteers

Cross-Lines Food Kitchen: Provide and/or serve food

Each month we provide food and serve in the food kitchen. Our next serving date is Friday, October 16. We need food providers (tortilla wraps, fruit, brownies), donations for food, and servers to pack sack lunches at the kitchen. Servers will travel to Cross-Lines at 9:30am and spend 3 hours filling lunch bags and passing them out to people through a plexiglass shielded door space. There is no inside dining, and mask-wearing volunteers will social distance while packing lunches and handing the sacks out at the window. Contact Janet Podoll. Cross-Lines has ongoing need for helpers at the food kitchen, food pantry, and commodities area. All volunteers should wear masks, and there is always social distancing. We are happy to link you with another person or two from St. Paul’s to work with. Go to the Cross-Lines Signup Genius to check out the service opportunities. Contact Janet Podoll if you have questions.