This page presents a way for our congregation to be more regularly updated about opportunities for service. Please look over these various needs and indicate where you might be willing to serve.
Explorers Church - Explorers Ministry, formally known as Special Needs Ministry, is in need of one-on-one buddies during the Sunday school hour. This is a once-a-month commitment, so just one hour a month! No previous experience is needed; you will be trained and serving with other volunteers! This is a simple but vital way to serve families who attend Sunday school.
Mission Fare - Teens and adults are needed to supervise the Chinese Market display during the Mission Fare for 1 hour intervals 5:30 - 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28, and 3:30 - 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 3.
Snow Removal - Volunteers are needed for the important job of clearing sidewalks, steps, entrances, etc.(not the parking lot) in case of a Sunday snow.
Wednesday Evening Kitchen Helpers - No experience is necessary—we will be happy to train you. You can volunteer for an hour or more and any frequency—even once a quarter will be appreciated. This is a great way to become better acquainted with fellow church members and friends.
Rides for Refugee Families - Volunteers are needed to help with refugee transport to worship service and Sunday school on Sundays, Tuesday nights for ESL class and Wednesday Night Fellowship, as well as other needs among our multi-cultural neighbors.
ESL Ministry - Volunteers are needed Tuesdays, 7-9 PM, to assist students during class. Classroom helpers and teachers are also needed for the ESL Sunday school class.
Tell Us How You Would like to Serve
There are many different ways for you to be involved in service here at Westminster Church. Tell us how you would like to be involved.
Other Local Outreach Opportunities
Below are some of Westminster's outreach ministries. Volunteer opportunities range from serving weekly to a "serve when you can" basis. All skill levels and abilities welcomed! Outreach contacts are listed; please fell free to contact them with questions or to indicate interest in serving.
American Home Life International - Short-and long-term host families are always needed for this ministry to foreign exchange students. Contact www.amhomelife.com.
Bible2School Release Time Ministry - Second grade students from Nitrauer Elementary School meet on Thursdays during the school day at Westminster Church for Bible lessons. Contact Tucker York (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Clubs - Volunteers are needed for after-school Good News Clubs in Lancaster, including the club sponsored by Westminster Church at Nitrauer Elementary. Contact www.ceflancaster.org
Safe Families for Children - A ministry of Bethany Christian Services, this network of volunteer host families helps parents who need temporary care for their children as they work through unmanageable for critical circumstances. Contact Kate Walker (717-572-9015).
Water Street Ministries Chapel Services - Help lead chapel services the second Friday of the month. Contact Alyssa Soule in the church office (717.569.2151).
Downloadable Application & Forms
If you are volunteering for Nursery, Explorers Ministry, Children Ministries, Youth Ministries, Refugee Ministries (including transporting refugees) or ESL, you will need to print and fill out these three forms. Requirement for serving includes attendance at Westminster Church for one year, approval by session, and background check clearances.
- Mandatory Reporting Letter (read this before you sign form #1)
- For quicker processing, go to the following links to get instant clearances:
https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp -- Criminal Record Check for volunteers
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS -- Child Abuse Clearance for volunteers
Form #3 - Safeguarding Our Children (read, print and sign page 3)
Please put completed forms in the Children's Ministry Director's mailbox in the lobby outside the church office. If you've had your background check done in the last 5 years, please submit copies along with your volunteer application.