Central Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities to become involved as much or as little as your schedule allows. Newcomers often find that the best way to connect and meet people is through participation in a small group, such as a Bible study or discussion group, a choir, or a service project.
In addition, there are a number of active committees which help to organize and plan our activities. The ones below, always welcome new people who join them, sharing their time and their gifts. A description of the committees and session leaders may be found here: Brief Committee Descriptions & Chairpersons 2018–19.
Let us know what your interests are, and we’ll help you find a place to connect.
- Audio board and sound system: volunteers help with our audio system in the sanctuary balcony each week for worship and special services.
- Building & Grounds Committee: Help with the maintenance and upkeep of the church and the grounds. Oversee the use of the building. Acquire bids for construction, landscaping, remodeling or repairs.
- Calling All Cooks (and non-cooks too!): We know that many of you like to cook and it would be wonderful if you share some of your great recipes (or purchased food) with various groups at Central. We would love it if you could bring the food to church and help serve, but if that is not possible, volunteers will be happy to pick up anything you prepare. Just prepare and bake, (or purchase) and we will serve. Please volunteer your help.
- Casseroles on Call: Be “on call” to make casseroles for an individual or family in time of need. A member of the Board of Deacons will call you and will pick up the casserole to deliver to the family. All you need to do is to prepare it.
- Fellowship time after Sunday worship: Bake cookies and bars to be served in the East Parlor. If you cannot bring them to church yourself, a volunteer will pick them up.
- Meal preparation (LOGOS & Power Read): Meals may be purchased or homemade. Easy menu sheets are available, all receipts should be submitted for reimbursement and meals should be SIMPLE. A main dish, one side and dessert are sufficient. Milk is a great drink. Sample meals: beef burgers, chips or carrots and celery, ice cream bars or pizza, apple slices, cookies. Approximate numbers to be served for LOGOS dinner each Wednesday, is 50; Power Read (formerly our Tuesday’s mentoring/tutoring program) meal is 40.
- Meals for Central Iowa Shelter & Services: Cook or serve a meal at the Central Iowa Shelter & Services Center. Central Presbyterian Church provides the meal on the 13th of each month. Volunteers are needed to help prepare a portion of the evening meal in their own home and then help serve it at the shelter with six to eight other volunteers from Central.
- Children or Youth leaders for grades K–4th, 5th–7th or 8th–12th: We invite you to volunteer, if only occasionally, to join us Wednesday evenings during our program year. If you are able to make a more regular commitment, that would be wonderful. The value of this service to the church cannot be measured. With our LOGOS program, we are in need of your help, creativity and love of children and youth. Please consider being a part of this energy.
Choir robe mending: Help is needed mending hems, zippers, buttons, hooks and seams. This can be done at your convenience at home or church.
- Christian Education Committee: Provide input for programming.
- Church history & archives: Work with our Communications Director Kim Coulter to compile and organize our historical documents and archive materials.
- Communion preparation
- Communion servers: If you are a current or former Session member or Deacon, you are needed to help serve communion. Please let the church office know that you would be willing to do this.
- Decorating the church for the holidays: Help decorate the church and sanctuary for the Christmas and Easter holidays.
- Grounds Committee/landscape, flowers & yard work
- Hosts/ushers: Being a host/usher for a worship service on Sunday and/or funeral memorial services is important and you can serve as often as you like. Please arrive at church about 20 minutes before the service to greet members and visitors as they enter the narthex.
- Holiday Market: Holiday Market happens yearly the first weekend of December. It is a success due to the persistent and passionate work of Central volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our chairperson Connie Boesen.
- Hospitality Committee: Be available to serve as hosts/hostesses for receptions held at the church for memorial services, special events such as recitals and other celebrations. Chaired by a member of the Board of Deacons.
- Knitting into the Mystery – The Board of Deacons sponsors this ministry group which meets twice each month for fellowship and to knit prayer shawls, dish clothes and other pocket projects. If you can knit or crochet, or would love to learn how, this is the group for you! Prayers for peace and comfort are knitted directly into the fabric by each knitter. Knitting directions and a materials list are provided by the church. For more information about this ministry, please contact Sandy Dahl at 515-981-5410. The group meets every other Wednesday, from 6:30–8:00 p.m., in the 39th Street Lobby.
Librarian: Central’s Roberts Library has a wonderful collection of books, both secular and religious. Our volunteer committee works hard on finding the best literature to incorporate into the collection of books for all ages and interests.
- Liturgists: Liturgists at Central are lay members who assist in the worship service with liturgical and scripture readings. If you would like to serve as a liturgist (generally once or twice each year), please contact the church office, 515-279-3658.
- LOGOS program & activities: If you are interested in having a great time with wonderful youth or perhaps inspiring our children, then Central is where you want to be! We plan fun events, from hay rides to bonfires to kite flying. We also reach out to church members and through mission projects in our community. Finding fellowship in the church setting is a certain way to keep children and youth connected to their faith and helps to insure a lasting connection into their adult life.
- Membership Committee
- Memorials Committee
- Music Librarian: File choir music. This job is not difficult and can be done weekly or monthly at your convenience.
- New Member Orientation Committee
- Nursery caregivers: Wednesday evenings, 4:45–7:00 p.m. and Sundays, 8:45–11:30 a.m.
- Sanctuary cleanup
- Stewardship Committee
Sunday School teachers: Sunday School is the hub of church programming for children and youth. It is the foundation for the child’s or youth’s faith journey. We invite you to experience the joy that comes with being a Sunday School teacher. The curriculum and materials are provided. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your creativity to the table. The responsibility comes in providing a nurturing and welcoming environment in your classroom. Our goal is for children to begin to develop that positive connection to church in preschool and have experiences throughout the grades that allow them to grow in their faith. Developing positive relationships and having opportunities for fellowship are all part of the Sunday School program. Children and youth in each grade level memorize one text, scripture, creed or Psalm over the course of the year, that should stay with them for years to come. Making a difference in the life of a child is a gift from God. Please share your gift.
- Work in teams
- Commit for a semester or the full year
- Assist with special projects (Fall Kick-off, Advent Pageant and Workshop or Children’s Musicals)
- Power Read: (formerly our mentoring/tutoring program) begins in the early fall and ends typically in late April.
- Women and Men’s retreats: Assist in planning and development of program materials.
- Yard work
To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities, please CLICK HERE for our online form or email our Office Manager Sheri Egge. Thank you for your interest!
Also, the Human Resources Committee has an Central Presbyterian Church Employment Handbook 2016 for your review.