Serving/Volunteering

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

  • Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program

    New volunteers for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program are asked to attend one of the following orientation sessions from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room: Thursday, September 11; Tuesday, September 16; Wednesday, September 17; or Monday, September 22. RSVP at cltutoring2014.eventbrite.com

  • Audio recording equipment operators for Sunday morning worship services
    This volunteer opportunity is available immediately. Training will be provided.

  • Labyrinth walk hosts to serve as a welcoming presence and offer guidance on walking the labyrinth on select Sundays from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
    Orientation provided.

  • 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. or 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., on rotation

  • 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
    Fourth 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.

  • Aspiring gardeners to help at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) on Saturday afternoons, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
    Tasks include general farm cleanup and beautification, weeding, adding compost to growing beds, harvesting, trash pickup, planting, and compost-building. Individuals are welcome on all Saturdays. A $10 fee per volunteer is requested to help off set costs of the Urban Farm.
  • 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

  • Teachers and health professionals for the Center for Life and Learning

  • Church members to serve as Nursery caregivers on Sundays at 9:30 or
    11:00 a.m.

  • 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.

  • Sack lunch assemblers for the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center bag lunch program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays on a regular basis from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
    Helpers thaw sandwiches, assemble items for each bag lunch, and load carts with lunches and drinks.

  • Servers for Monday Night Supper from 3:30 to 6:15 p.m.
    On rotation

To volunteer, contact Larry Nicholson (312.981.3382).

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Helping Hands

Fourth Presbyterian Church’s newest 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).