Being part of a local church means being part of a family. One way to care for our family 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.
We are looking for a volunteer willing to sit in for our receptionist, Deb Webster, when she is on vacation. This is on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include answering phones, greeting people, and outgoing and incoming mail. If you are interested in helping please contact Deb Webster by email or call 717-533-4848.
Moms Connect Childcare
Moms Connect of Hershey Free Church, a ministry for moms of nursery and preschool children, is looking for volunteers to help with nursery and preschool childcare. They meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday and volunteers are needed from 9 to 11:30 AM. If interested email Jill Bennett. All volunteers will need to get their child line clearances.
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.
The Welcome Team’s primary role on a Sunday morning is to make everyone who walks through the doors at Hershey Free feel welcome. Whether it's someone's first time with us or they have been attending for decades, we want them to feel at home when they are with us. Each Sunday, we have between 40 and 50 volunteers who help us accomplish this goal. Volunteer commitment is once a month, at either the 9 AM or 10:30 AM service.
Parking Lot Greeters
Do you enjoy giving directions and wearing a bright orange vest? 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.
Lobby & Sanctuary Greeters
Can you smile and greet people warmly? This team is ready to extend a warm welcome at entrance doors into the building and into the sanctuary. They give directions, offer a helping hand, and answer questions.
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.
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 before and after the service.
One of the things we would love to see developed is a group of people who regularly pray for our students, leaders, and families. Middle school and high school are incredibly difficult times and having people who are covering our groups in prayer would be an amazing opportunity to truly care for and minister to our students.
Sunday Morning Volunteers
On Sunday mornings, CORE meets at 10:30 AM in the Cafe and Auditorium. They 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.
Wednesday 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.
Host a small group on the first Wednesday of each month at your home from 6:30 to 9 PM. Home Groups start at 6:45 and go to 8:45 PM but we do ask that your home is available 15 minutes before and after to allow for students to arrive and leave. You can provide snacks if you like, but we just ask that there is space for 10-15 people to gather and a tv for them to hook up a laptop if needed.
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.
There may be times where a small group leader or table leader cannot make it and we need someone to step in and help lead. This is a unique position as you may not be with the same group of students each time but it presents a special opportunity to step in and share life with students at various points throughout the year.
Special Events Team
Throughout the year, CORE has many special events where we need additional help. These events include our Fall Kickoff, End of the Year Celebration, Christmas Parties, themed nights, Summer Nights, and more. These tasks would include setup and teardown, serving food, running games and activities, and engaging with students in casual conversation throughout the night.
There are various areas available for people who have the gifts of administration and facilitation that would be of great assistance. Whether you are gifted at managing our Cafe and its team, leading a team to help with weekly setup and teardown, or helping with retreat planning and prep, we would love to connect with you more.