There are several ways for you to get involved in the mission and ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church. Please see below for current volunteer needs as well as details on Helping Hands, a hands-on outreach group.
Contact Larry Nicholson, Director of Volunteer Ministry, (312.981.3382) for more information on how best to share your gifts of time and talent.
Please check back often for updates on volunteering needs.
Current Volunteer Needs
- Books Nook attendants to staff the Book Nook at Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings on a rotating basis
Book Nook volunteers set up the book cart and table before Coffee Hour begins, help people select books, and process sales. Prospective volunteers need to be members of Fourth Church but do not need to belong to one of the book groups or to have read the books on the cart. There is no firm time commitment, but most volunteers sign up for one shift a month. Shifts run as follows: Sundays, 8:55–9:30 a.m., 10:25–11:00 a.m., or 11:55 a.m.–12:45 p.m. This volunteer opportunity is especially appealing to people who enjoy meeting others, sharing hospitality, reading, and assisting people in finding just the right book.
- Adults who love to cook to assist with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm’s Melting Pot Cooking Club
Volunteers will help teach middle school students about the joys of healthy cooking and eating, working with a small group of students to create one portion of a meal. Volunteers must be very comfortable and skilled in the culinary arts; knowledge in whole foods nutritional information is desired but not essential. This opportunity is needed Thursdays, February 12–May 28 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. at ChicagoQuest Middle School (1443 N. Ogden Ave.) and the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.). Volunteers must pass a background check and the Child Protection Policy Training of Fourth Presbyterian Church.
- Adult art lovers to assist with the Identity Arts program at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm
Volunteers will help foster creativity and positivity through making art with middle school students. Crafty, creative, and artistic types welcome! This opportunity is needed Tuesdays, February 10—May 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.). Volunteers must pass a background check and the Child Protection Policy Training of Fourth Presbyterian Church.
- Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program
Tutors volunteer one evening a week—Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays—from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session. A schedule is available online here.
- Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services
This volunteer opportunity is available immediately. Training will be provided.
- Instructors for In2it Café enrichment courses for children prior to Chicago Lights Tutoring
Share your hobbies and activities! Classes include art, chess, acting, knitting, martial arts, yoga, scrapbooking, crafting, playing guitar, fitness, singing, improv, healthy cooking, science, drumming, cheerleading, dance, computers, creative writing, and more. The time commitment is from 5:25 to 5:55 p.m., one evening a week—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
- Handbell ringers to join the Handbell Choir
Beginning or experienced ringers are encouraged to be part of this musical group. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. The Handbell Choir plays on occasion at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.
- Dessert bakers for Monday Night Supper, on rotation
- Individuals to organize and pack supplies on Sunday afternoon for Monday Night Supper, on rotation
Organizing and packing takes approximately thirty minutes.
- Bag lunch assemblers and distributors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. or 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., on rotation
This volunteer opportunity is primarily for individual adults.
- Sunday Night Supper dining room helpers to assist with setup, beverage pouring, hosting, and cleaning from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., on sign-up basis
Small groups are welcome.
- Grocery shoppers for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers and sandwich teams, on rotation
Shoppers are scheduled quarterly and shop about once per month. A list of the items to be purchased is emailed early to midweek. Volunteers shop for groceries at a time convenient for them (typically on Friday or Saturday for use on Saturday or Sunday), deliver them to Fourth Church, and secure them in refrigerators and cabinets downstairs. Email access and a car are essential. Costco membership a plus! Shoppers are provided a copy of the Fourth Church sales tax-free letter and submit receipts for reimbursement. Shopping and delivery takes two to three hours, depending on the length of the grocery list, traffic, etc.
- Members to serve as liturgists during morning worship services
Church members are invited to serve as liturgists during the morning worship services on an occasional schedule. The responsibilities include meeting with the lay liturgist coordinator to rehearse the passage, arriving the day of the service at least twenty minutes early and meeting with the worship leader ten minutes before the service, reading the passage at the planned time in the worship bulletin, and staying at the service until its conclusion.
- Volunteers to wash and dry clothes, on rotation, for a family with a chronically ill child, located in zip code 60618
- Aides and substitutes for the Consumer Choice Food Pantry at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center to help guests on Thursday mornings and other times as needed
Through Consumer Choice, guests of the food pantry are given a shopping list, and the volunteer aide will guide them as they fill their cart with the allotted number of items they’d like from the pantry.
- Members to serve as ushers to serve during the 11:00 a.m. worship service
- Church members to serve as Nursery caregivers on Sundays at 9:30 or
- Share Shop sorters to go through donated clothing items and assistants to guests selecting clothing
Shifts available are Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, or Friday afternoons. Volunteers may work alone or in small groups on a rotating schedule.
To volunteer, contact Larry Nicholson (312.981.3382).
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The Fourth Church mission group Helping Hands works as a team on painting, construction, cleaning, and gardening projects. If you’re interested in hands-on outreach in the Chicago community, this group is for you!
For more information about Helping Hands, contact Nancy Davis (312.274.3815).