Volunteers are essential to the life of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. We believe that all the people are called to be ministers, and we depend on our members and friends to make the church's ministries possible by sharing their time, talents, and resources. Below are some of the ways that we invite people to be partners in ministry.
Each Sunday morning members of our community volunteer to serve as greeters, welcoming visitors when the arrive at church. We also ask for volunteers for "Loaves and Fishes" each week, which involves providing refreshments for the fellowship time following each worship service.
The scripture lesson is read by a volunteer, and each week's flowers are also provided by church members who often want to celebrate, honor, or remember a friend or loved one.
Our Sunday school is entirely staffed by volunteer teachers and classroom helpers.
Members and friends are regularly invited to share their musical gifts in worship by singing in the choir or another vocal ensemble, playing in the handbell choir, or by playing an instrument.
Boards and Committees
Members are invited to serve on various church boards which are responsible for the oversight of ministries. The Board of Elders are elected to assist the Pastor with the spiritual affairs of the church; the Board of Deacons are responsible for financial stewardship and the dispensation of the church's charities; and the Board of Trustees is charged with the care of the church's property. Together these boards form the Consistory, which is the name for the executive body of St. Paul's. Volunteers also serve on the Christian Education committee and the Scholarship committee.
Serving Meals and Other Outreach
Twice a month volunteers from St. Paul's serve meals to the residents of the W.C. Atkinson Men's Shelter in Coatesville. We also send volunteers for special outreach projects at local agencies like Home of the Sparrow and Habitat for Humanity. (See the Local and Global Ministry page for more information.)
Volunteers are regularly needed to help with work projects around the church, from maintaining the gardens and grounds, cleaning the interior of the church, or setting up for a special program or worship service.