Put your gifts to work in the Church and the Community!
The Faith in Action Ministries are designed to help members and visitors put their faith into action through a variety of opportunities. The mission is to help engage individuals and groups through service to each other and the larger community. Explore opportunities to serve, learn, grow and care for each other as a church family and the wider community around us.
Because the opportunities to put your faith in action are often as varied as your schedule, we've put together an easy way to connect with local organizations and projects. Whether you're looking for a way to help out on the weekend or during the week, by yourself or with a group, or a place to donate items, you can find it all here. Click on an option to get started, or fill out the form below.
Safeguarding God's People Training
All volunteers and staff at Christ Church are required to take an education course called, "Safeguarding God's People." This crucial training takes place at Christ Church or Christ Church Episcopal School or online. Register and find out more via the button below.
Interested in Volunteering?
View all of our various ministries below
You’re more than a voice for a child — you’re an advocate. As a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry, you inspire the next generation of Christ Church.
If you are interested in volunteering with one of our programs or participating in an event, please contact Kellie Wilson. We also ask that you attend the Safeguarding God’s People training.
Care for infants and toddlers in the nursery wing on Sunday mornings. You can volunteer during Sunday School from 9:30 -10:15 a.m. or during 10:30 a.m. church service.
Sunday School Volunteer
Teach the Bible lesson to children of the church. You and another adult will instruct on Sundays from 9:30 -10:15 a.m. Choose from preschool, 1st-3rd grade, or 4th-5th grade.
Lead FaithSteps with a team of three other people. A Bible story is told during the time of worship using the Young Children and Worship curriculum. FaithSteps occurs during the 10:30 a.m. services.
Vacation Bible School Volunteer
Serve as a classroom teacher, snack helper, art room aid or driver for outreach VBS. VBS occurs for a week in June from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and requires several volunteers.
Rhythms of Grace Volunteer
Help support this service, designed specifically for special needs children and their families. Rhythms of Grace occurs on the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Join us for fun on Sunday evenings! We use this time to gather together as a community.
Some ways you can volunteer to partner with the youth ministry program include:
- Chaperone EYC (5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the All Saints Center)
- Assist with check-in at EYC gatherings
- Set-up and clean-up at EYC Dinner
- Pick up EYC Dinner (from local Greenville restaurant)
- Pick up or bake desserts for EYC Dinner
Sunday Morning Formation
Join us on Sunday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. in the All Saints Center.
Here are some ways you can volunteer with the Sunday Morning Formation:
- Assist as a formation teacher for:
- Middle school (6-8th grade)
- High school (9-12th grade)
- Confirmation class (10th grade
- Pick up food for Sunday morning breakfast
Retreats, Short-Term Summer Mission Experiences, Monthly ServeUs Opportunities
Come partner with us! We have many different opportunities for our youth in the local Greenville community and beyond.
- Adult chaperones
- Meal assistance
- Event planning
- *You must become a certified driver through our business office
Leadership Development Opportunities
Are you interested in going further with your leadership skills? Have you ever wondered where God might be calling you to serve? If so, we’re offering two exciting opportunities for you this fall!
ServeUs Round Table
Accepting members in grades 8-12 to serve in our monthly service project planning team. The ServeUs Round Table is responsible for assisting with planning, participating and serving as a leader with the ServeUs projects.
Student Leadership Team
Accepting members in grades 10-12 to serve during each academic year. SLT is responsible for assisting with planning, participating, and serving as a leader to the Middle School ministry programs.
COVID-19 Basketball Update
At this time, the Church League Basketball for Youth (CLBBY) has not yet chosen a season start date. CLBBY is continuing to gather data to help make the decision and is considering three options:
1) starting games in November
2) delaying the season until January, or
3) cancelling the season.
Christ Church’s ability to field teams and host games will depend upon the league’s final decision, the guidelines from our diocese, and the advice of our regathering task force. Stay tuned to Christ Church communications for the latest updates. Contact Rachel Clark if you have further questions.
Coaches and other volunteers, contact Lisa Hunt to complete or renew your Safeguarding God’s People training.
Young Adult Council
Individuals 18-39 years old are invited to join us in the planning of events for this age group. Join us once a month for one hour.
Young Adult Fellowship Events
We offer quarterly fellowship activities for individuals 18-39 years old. Significant others and kids are welcome, depending on the event details.
Young Adult Women’s Bible Study
Young Adult Men’s Bible Study
Join men 18-39 years old and study various topics using scripture to grow in your faith and your knowledge. Updates posted in the Community News.
College Outreach Christmas Activity
College students are invited to join us during the Christmas break as we serve a local non-profit. Contact Addie Tapp for Youth Adult Ministry details unless noted otherwise.
Explore volunteer opportunities ranging from participating in the planning committee to helping with events such as the monthly socials, retreat planning, and organizing events on and off campus.
The Men of Christ Church hold an annual Oyster Roast in the fall. This is another opportunity to volunteer and help.
Spring Women’s Luncheon
We invite all the women of Christ Church to a luncheon with a guest speaker in late spring each year.
Women’s Fellowship and Retreat Opportunities
Meet up with us for various events including service opportunities and fundraising for local non-profit agencies, happy hours, craft and casserole making nights, speakers, and occasional weekend retreats.
Looking to get involved outside of Christ Church? We can help connect you with one or more of our many partners in community ministry. Some of these include Ronald McDonald House, YouthBase, Serenity Place and Renewal Women’s Center.
- Help rescue food at local farms
- Deliver food, school supplies or other items to local agencies
Room Parents/Grandparents/Special Friends
We welcome volunteers to help organize classroom celebrations/special events, as well as support the teachers and assistants.
Teacher Appreciation Committee
Volunteers are invited to assist in planning and implementing special events, providing treats and more during Teacher Appreciation Week and throughout the school year.
Healthy Snack Committee
We welcome volunteers to assist with planning and providing healthy snacks for our preschoolers. Snack purchasing help is needed, as well as preparation and delivery.
Special Events Committee
Join us to plan and organize special events throughout the year, such as our Back to School Parent Party, our annual Christmas Pajamarama, Easter Egg Hunts and much more!
Hodge Podge Committee
You are invited to participate in clean-up and/or work days around the preschool.
Prayer Chain Ministry
Discover a vibrant home ministry offering daily prayers by parishioners.
Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSLTP)
Explore this prayer ministry dedicated to healing the mind, body and spirit. Training is required, including Safeguarding God’s People.
Become a prayer warrior for our parish! You’ll receive prayers from the blue Welcome Cards each week and offer prayers on behalf of those requesting.
Touch Base Phone Ministry
This is a means of communicating with parishioners to provide comfort or to share celebrations.
Christ Church Knitters
Join us to knit prayer shawls and caps for cancer patients or others needing comfort.
Caregivers Support Group
This group is an encouragement to those living with the physical or emotional care of family members who have physical limitations, limitations of aging or dementia.
Lay Eucharist Visitors (LEV)
We are trained, licensed parishioners who take the Blessed Sacrament from the altar to parishioners unable to attend services. This volunteer position requires Safeguarding God’s People training.
Friends in Christ
This group provides care by connecting parishioners who are homebound, in care facilities or retirement communities with a care partner who visits at least once per month. This volunteer position requires Safeguarding God’s People training.
Join us after Sunday weekly services and help deliver altar flowers to parishioners who are hospitalized, homebound or live-in care facilities.
Assist us in performing small home maintenance tasks for the elderly, the disabled, and for single parents.
Calls to the Home-Bound
Join us in making monthly (or as-needed) calls to parishioners who are unable to join us at church.
Visits to the Home-Bound
We are looking for volunteers able to commit to one visit per month, at minimum. The first visits will be as a team. Training is available to help facilitate ease of communication.
Hospitality and Catering
Help us during events with cooking, set-up, serving, and clean-up.
Send cards to parishioners as needed. A short note can have a large impact on someone’s life. Cards are provided by the church.
Help offer rides to parishioners once per month (or as-needed) for events around town or longer trips.
Fill the Freezer
We are in need of volunteers to meet as needed to make soup and simple meals for the Pastoral Care freezer. Recipes and supplies are provided. Volunteers are needed every two months for 2 -3 hours.
As the hospitality ministry, we provide greeters, parking lot attendants, reception set-up, and service during funerals for the family of the deceased. Time commitment ranges from 1 -2 hours.
Join us for a recurring volunteer opportunity in the Parish House on Thursdays. Help us fold and stuff the Sunday bulletins and orders of worship. Additionally, you can help us prepare materials for bulk and special mailings.
We need many volunteers throughout the parish for this special event that only occurs every four years. During November 8th and 9th, we’ll need help serving Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch. There are several volunteer opportunities with varying lengths of service such as food prep, servers, clean-up crew, greeters, and parking lot attendants.
Parking Lot Ministry
Join us for this important ministry that is often the first interaction a visitor has with our campus. Help with parking directions, handicapped entrance assistance, and answer general questions on Sunday mornings. This is an hour-long commitment a few times every year.
Wednesday Night Suppers: Fall/Winter Wednesdays
Summer Suppers To Go: Wednesdays, June & August
Soup Sales: November, December, January & February
Special Events: Receptions, meals for visiting clergy, church meetings or diocesan events as needed
Time commitment ranges from 1 -3 hours. These events typically require the following:
- Food prep volunteers
- Set-up help
- Check-in people
- Money collectors
- People to give directions
- Food service
- General clean-up
General Food Preparation
Chop, roast, julienne, bake — it all depends on the day. We invite you to come and learn, and enjoy new friendships.
Project Host Meal Ministry
Prepare meals for the community from donations.
Special Parish-Wide Meals
- Soup Sales. Food prep, packaging soup, labeling containers, bagging and distributing. Heavy lifting required.
- Summer Suppers To Go. Food prep, packaging and bagging.
- Wednesday Night Dinners. Prep, serve and clean up.
Non-Cooking Food Ministry
- Coffee Stations. Measure and bag coffee, and take to station.
- Cleaning. Help clean kitchen appliances.
- Clutter Control. Organize glassware, storage, cabinets and coolers.
One-Time Food Ministry Volunteer Opportunities
We sponsor several Parish-wide events throughout the year, among them are:
- Epiphany Dinner or Oyster Roast
- Shrove Tuesday Supper
- Patriotic Potluck Picnic
- Welcome Back event
Parish Christmas Dinner
We have the following volunteer opportunities available for each event. Time commitment ranges from 1 -3 hours.
- Food prep volunteers
- Set-up help
- Check-in people
- Money collectors
- Food servicers
- General clean-up help
You can greet at various locations around campus before church. Greeters welcome all attendees, and offer additional information to help visitors feel welcome. The time commitment is approximately 30 minutes, a couple of times per year.
Help provide two dozen cookies after Sunday services. Cookies can be store bought or homemade.
New Member Social
Join us to help set-up and clean-up the social at the Rector’s home. Volunteers make appetizers and/or pickup food, as well as mingle and welcome new members of the Christ Church family. You will also be needed to help with parking. The time commitment is three hours once per year.
New Member Dinner
Help in the kitchen with various food prep, cooking, serving, and cleaning. Volunteers assist in setting up the room, in addition to mingling with new members and sharing in the fellowship. Time commitment can vary from one to multiple hours.
Offered twice a year, Discovery Weekend has several volunteer opportunities, ranging from a few hours to the entire weekend.
Help with the planning and execution of the weekend, as well as finding the table leaders, creating the ice-breaker activity, and facilitating the flow of each meeting.
Welcome participants and facilitate table discussions, in addition to writing a note to the people at the table and helping with event clean-up.
Assist with food prep, cooking, serving and cleaning.
Help support our Facilities Team by checking our campus buildings for maintenance concerns. You will serve once a year for 2 - 4 hours for the campus assessment.
Contact Lei Offerle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.672.4141 for more information.
The Parish Choir
Comprised of dedicated volunteers and professional section leaders, the choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., in addition to assisting in worship at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist each Sunday. Basic music-reading ability, a pleasant voice that can blend well with others, and a commitment to regular rehearsals are the only prerequisites for membership.
Markley Chapel Musicians
This ensemble of singers and instrumentalists perform under the direction of Chase McAbee, Assistant Parish Musician, and provides musical leadership for the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist in Markley Chapel on Sundays. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Basic music-reading ability, a pleasant voice that can blend well with others, and a commitment to regular rehearsals are the only prerequisites for membership.
This is our adult hand bell choir, ringing a beautiful five octave set of Whitechapeland Malmark English handbells. The Celebration Ringers enhances the Christ Church worship periodically throughout their September - May season in 6-week sessions. Rehearsals take place Mondays from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Strong music-reading ability and consistent attendance at rehearsals are prerequisites for membership.
This all-male ensemble meets once every month for intense rehearsal prior to singing the Office of Compline on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The ensemble focuses on the singing of Gregorian chant, as well as sacred repertoire written for male voices. Substantial choral music experience and excellent sight reading skills are prerequisites for membership.
Comprised of a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists, this ensemble meets Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. to prepare and present music at the Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Eucharist held in Markley Chapel. This group is open to singers and instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, guitars) of all skill levels.
Cherub, Coventry and Canterbury Children’s Choirs
Children’s Choirs for kids in K3 - 6th grade are offered as part of Wednesdays at Christ Church. These choirs meet Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. They present music in worship several times throughout the fall and spring semesters, in addition to presenting a Christmas pageant at the Christmas Eve service at 4:00 p.m.
Lay Liturgical Ministers (Lector, Intercessor, Chalice Bearer)
Lay leaders assist with the leadership of services on weekdays, Sundays and special services. This opportunity includes reading a lesson or prayers, or serving the cup at the communion rail. Candidates need to be comfortable with public speaking, standing for a short period of time, and be a member in good standing.
This is for 7th - 12th graders to serve on an acolyte team, and assist during worship services by carrying the cross, a torch, a Gospel book or a banner. Volunteers also assist in setting the altar for the Eucharist. A training session in August is required, and then you can serve on a team approximately once every six weeks.
Contact Gayle Saylors at 864.232.1098 for sign-up details.
This is for men and women who are interested in welcoming people to Sunday and special services, as well as gathering the Offering and facilitating the Communion line. You may serve at the service time you usually attend.
- 8:00 a.m. ushers serve once every five weeks
- 5:00 p.m. ushers serve once every four weeks
- 10:30 a.m. ushers serve every Sunday for one month per year
Altar Guild Flower Arrangers
Join us to arrange flowers in the church or chapel once every two months. This takes about an hour each time, and no previous experience is required.
Help keep the brass in the church or chapel bright. Polishers take a week, once every couple of months, and polish wherever it fits your schedule.
Monday -Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Polishing typically takes 30 minutes.
Service Set Up
Assist in the set up of the altar using the linens and vessels needed for worship. You can pick the service you prefer, and then serve once every six weeks. This typically takes 20 minutes.
Help wash and iron the linens used in worship. This ministry can be completed according to your schedule, in your home.
This committee is appointed by the Vestry, and helps to prepare the annual financial budget. You will work closely with the rector, treasurers, and church staff to develop a budget during October and November. Contact the treasurers of the church (Chris Klasing or Dan Seaman) for more information.
This committee is appointed by the Vestry, and oversees the financial operations of the church. You will work closely with the rector, treasurers, and church staff to ensure good stewardship of the gifts and resources God has provided to the church.
The committee meets for lunch once a month during the months of February, March, May, July, September, and November.
Contact the treasurers of the church (Chris Klasing or Dan Seaman) for more information.
This is a separate non-profit organization established to oversee the Churchyard property, as well as investments of the Church and Christ Church School. This committee also encourages legacy gifts and bequests for the church. You will work closely with the rector, treasurers and church staff, and bring expertise in legal, financial and investment areas. Additionally, you will ensure good stewardship of the gifts and resources God has provided to the church and school. This committee meets for lunch once a month during the months of February, May, July, October, and December.
Contact Matt Cotner, the President of the Board, for details.
Resource Development Committee
This committee works to build a “culture of generosity” at Christ Church by establishing a comprehensive resource development plan, which includes annual giving, planned giving, capital campaigns, and the Joyful Garden Tour. There is a regular time commitment every other month, year-round.
Annual Giving Cabinet
This committee works to educate the parish about stewardship. You will invite parishioners to make a pledge, in an effort to ensure the financial success of Christ Church. The cabinet meets for four months (September - December) every other week. The 2020 Annual Giving Chairs are Ashley and Tracey Underwood.
Each summer, we ask for updates to parishioners’ contact information. A person skilled at database entry, and who’s willing to be trained on our system, volunteers in August and September to enter updates during weekday office hours.
Forks and Fellowship
Our Supper Club Ministry focuses on fellowship, hospitality, and community building. We form groups in the fall and meet four times during the school year (September - May) for a simple dinner.
Are you looking for a way to join with others for Christian fellowship, study, prayer, and service? We meet up to two times per month.
Haiti Mission Trips
Christ Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) have partnered with Eglise Bon Saveur (Episcopal Church) and the people of Cange, Haiti for more than 30 years. During this time, our parish has helped provide fresh water, food, healthcare, and education. Please contact us if you’d like to participate in an annual team trip to Haiti.
We welcome you to participate in Angel Tree in one of the following ways:
- Provide Christmas presents for a child (not to exceed $80)
- Donate funds toward our summer adventure or book-buying field trips (suggested $25 gift)
- Fill a stocking for a Sterling Senior (not to exceed $25)
- Volunteer with our Christmas activities (gift wrapping, etc.)
United Ministries Winter Food Drive
The United Ministries food pantry is especially low during the winter, and our food drives help to restock their supplies.
School Supply Stockpile Drive
Help us collect school supplies for the kids of the Sterling Community in collaboration with other local churches. You can drop off donations in the marked bins at the All Saints Center, and on the 1st and 2nd floor lobbies of the Parish House.
Help sort and package books for Greenville children in need.
Contact Kerry Rathbun at email@example.com or 864.297.0292 for details.
We’re teaming up with other agencies to help build 11 homes in the Sterling Community. Volunteers are needed to build, provide meals, take pictures, pray, and work behind the scenes.
Join us for a transformational 24-week journey of compassion that invites you to learn how to care for our community and our world through social justice. Classes meet September - March.
We partner with Loaves & Fishes to provide weekend food for needy children and families through two local schools. Volunteers are needed to shop, pack, and deliver food.
Contact Christine Von Wyl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954.649.4541 for details.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
“Company Comes to Christ Church!” We’re a part of a network of local churches that takes turns welcoming families in crisis to stay on our campus for a week at a time, while they look for housing. Volunteers are needed to provide evening meals, serve as evening/overnight hosts, and work on clean-up and set-up.
United Thank Offering (UTO)
One Sunday each Spring and Fall the offering is collected in all services. The collected funds are sent to the National Episcopal Church Women’s organization to fund projects around the world. Twice in the last two years, grants have been awarded to local organizations in the upstate. The most recent went to Jasmine Road to help fund the ministry for trafficked women.
Weekly Sterling Tours
- Can you give one hour per week to help improve a child’s life through homework help and confidence-building? Join us as a Sterling tutor — sessions are Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. during the school year.
Quarterly Sterling Book & Adventure Field Trips
- Join us as a chaperone! Each May, we take the Sterling kids to Barnes and Noble with an allowance to buy books of their own. We also go on three other fun field trips each year in the summer, fall and winter.