Being part of a local church means being part of a family. This past year our family has been scattered. The Bible talks about the importance of community and living out our faith with each other. Another way that we care for each other is by serving. We cannot provide safe places for our kids, a way for students to talk about faith and life, and welcome guests to our family without your help. Serving gives us a glimpse into who we were created to be. Each of us has been given specific gifts and talents. It's in the act of service that we become aware of those gifts as we develop them. We encourage you to Say Yes and join the team at Hershey Free Church. We believe this is a way for you to commit to a local body and begin to form connections and friendships.
If you love holding babies and ministering to the youngest of our church family, we would love to have you serve in the nursery. Our nursery parents are tired and value time to rest and be restored. The nursery serves kids from birth through 2 years old. Volunteer commitment is either once a month or every other week.
Our preschool kids are full of energy and love to dance and sing. If you love playing with toys and seeing these kids' smiles, then preschool ministry is the place for you. The preschool serves kids from 2 years old through pre-K. Volunteer commitment is every other week.
Our elementary students are beginning to ask deeper questions about faith and life, and you have an opportunity to share what it means to be on this journey of following Jesus. The elementary serves kids from kindergarten through 5th grade. Volunteer commitment is every other week.
We want to assure parents that our children’s ministry space is safe. We also want to welcome new families and help them through the check-in process. If you are comfortable with computers and chatting with families, we invite you to serve in our check-in ministry by welcoming and checking kids into their classrooms. Volunteer commitment is either once a month or every other week.
Parking Lot Team
Do you enjoy giving directions and wearing a bright orange vest at the same time? The parking lot team is the first point of contact for people coming to our church. This team is positioned in strategic locations around the parking lots to ensure safety, help people find parking, and get from the parking lot to their destination. Volunteer commitment is once a month.
Can you smile and greet people warmly? This team is ready to extend a warm welcome at entrance doors, give directions, offer a helping hand, and answer questions. Volunteer commitment is once a month.
Whether or not you drink coffee, we invite you to join the coffee team! As people enter the church, they are greeted by the wonderful aroma of brewing coffee. The coffee team serves and brews coffee while maintaining a friendly space for people to socialize together before and after the service. Volunteer commitment is once a month.
This team is available to assist people as needed. They stay on top of activities on the calendar and know how to find answers to questions. They enjoy interacting with guests and helping them get connected. Volunteer commitment is once a month.
This team offers caring assistance to people as they enter the auditorium, sanctuary, or tent. They help people find a seat and make sure people are comfortable. Volunteer commitment is once a month.
Small Group Leaders
Our small group leaders serve with a specific grade on Wednesday nights and lead the small group time for their group. Leaders engage in life with students and, together with a co-leader, are disciple-makers in the lives of their students. Leaders help students grow in their faith and mature into disciples of Jesus who are sent to build the kingdom of God. We ask our small group leaders to commit a year to the ministry and to consider walking through all three years of middle school, or all four of high school, with their students.
Both middle school and high school run a cafe for students to purchase snacks at Wednesday night CORE. Volunteers prepare food, collect payment, and engage with students as they come to the cafe. This is a highly interactive and relational component and allows students to feel loved and cared for. Volunteers arrive 15-20 minutes before CORE starts and serve until we close the cafe, but this does not need to be a weekly commitment.
Sunday Morning Volunteers
On Sunday mornings, CORE meets at 10:30 AM in the Cafe and Auditorium. Our Sunday morning volunteers help run various aspects of the program (audio, games, announcements, etc.) and help lead and facilitate discussion in small groups. This is an opportunity to help students grow and make their faith their own.
Our Connect Group for special needs adults meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM and has social activities once a month on a Friday evening. Volunteers get to hang out and get to know this wonderful group of people.
If you have time during daytime hours to visit those who cannot leave their home for medical reasons, we could use volunteers to sit and chat with these folks and be an encouragement to them.