Serve at Calvary

As authentic followers of Christ, we want to be active in our faith and serve Christ by serving others.

It’s easy to get involved! Below is a list of some current and ongoing ministry needs, or check out our Local Ministry Partners for opportunities to serve in our community.

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    Winter Clothing Drive
    Collecting donations through November
    Drop-off in Galleria

    Winter Clothing Drive
    Donations: November
    Distribution: Saturday, December 2, 9:00 AM,  Uptown Charlotte

    Calvary is collecting new or lightly used adult size winter clothing, warm blankets, and travel-size toiletries to help our homeless community in uptown Charlotte. Partnering with Calvary Street Ministry on December 2, we will distribute these items to approximately 175–200 homeless people as they receive a hot breakfast.

    How you can help:
    Donate these items in the Galleria through November. Note: 85% of the homeless we will be serving are men. Sizes M, L, XL & XXL are most needed.

    • Winter coats & jackets
    • Hoodies & sweatpants
    • Hats & gloves
    • Thermal socks
    • Blankets
    • Duffle bags and backpacks
    • Sleeping bags
    • New travel-size hygiene and personal items (Deodorant, reading glasses, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, moisturizer, lotion and toothpaste. Multiple items can be packaged together in a Ziploc bag.)

    Contacts: Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, and
    Pete Delahunt, 312.375.4806,

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    Food Service & Hospitality
    Holiday helpers needed!

    Have a heart for hospitality? Calvary’s Food Service Ministry needs extra volunteers during the busy holiday season! Serve in a variety of areas including table setting, food preparation, serving, and clean-up. Day and evening opportunities are available and we will work around your schedule and availability. Come join our team as we support Calvary events through the ministry of hospitality.

    Contact: Food Services, 704.887.3663,



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    Holiday Nursery Volunteers
    Sign up for Christmas services
    One-time & first-time volunteers welcome!

    Would you help welcome our guests and encourage our young Calvary families by caring for children (infants to age 4) during any of our holiday worship services?

    One-time and first-time volunteers are welcome! A background check is required. Plan on arriving 20 minutes before the particular service begins, and feel free to contact Laura with any questions.

    Thank you for serving!

    Advent & Tree Lighting  |  Sunday, December 3  |  6:00 PM
    Children ages 4 and up participating in children's choirs will be dismissed during the service.


    Christmas Concert with Keith & Kristyn Getty  |  Sunday, December 17  |  6:00 PM


    Candlelight Christmas Eve Services  |  Sunday, December 24  |  9:45 AM, 4:00 & 6:30 PM
    Volunteers especially needed at 4:00 & 6:30 PM!


    Contact: Laura Schlesing, 704.341.5399,

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    Christmas Ushers & Greeters
    Christmas Concert 12/17
    Candlelight Christmas Eve 12/24

    Support the Calvary family by welcoming guests with a warm smile! We need extra ushers and greeters to assist with seating, take up the offering, and provide helpful information about Calvary. Men, women, couples, and youth who are Calvary members are encouraged to volunteer! Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of event.

    Christmas ConcertSing! An Irish Christmas with the Gettys | Sunday, December 17, 6:00 PM

    Candlelight Christmas Eve Services | Sunday, December 24, 9:45 AM, 4:00 & 6:30 PM

    Ushers: Contact: Malcolm Weeks, 704.551.2071,

    Greeters: Contact: Rob Reece, 704.887.3696,


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    Prison Ministry
    November 28 & December 5, 15, & 22
    Help serve dinner & hold services

    Calvary Prison Ministry needs men who can teach and provide biblical application and encouragement to local inmates. Volunteers are also needed to participate in quarterly worship services as musicians, singers, and speakers. All volunteers must participate in ministry orientation and new volunteers must consent to a background check.

    Training & Orientation
    Conference Room A, 4th Floor | 4:00–5:00 PM
    All volunteers who serve inside prison facilities must receive prior training. Please choose ONE training session to attend:

    • Sunday, November 19
    • Sunday, November 26

    Holiday Outreach
    Each year our Prison Ministry shares the love of Christ during the holiday season by serving traditional dinners and providing chapel services for inmates in several South Carolina prisons. These special occasions provide delicious food, encouragement, and spiritual nourishment that are a real blessing to both the inmates and volunteers!

    Volunteers may help to serve food, share testimonies, and pray with inmates at the prison. Kitchen volunteers help prior to each event to prepare and pack food at Calvary for delivery to the prisons. New volunteers who wish to help serve meals at the prisons on November 28 and December 5, 15 or 22 must have a background check by November 12 and undergo prior training. Contact Sibu to volunteer and attend one of the training sessions in November.

    Meal preparation dates:
    November 28, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
    December 5, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
    December 15, 5:30–9:00 AM
    December 22, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM

    Contact: Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336,

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    Christmas Tea Volunteers
    Still need men to be servers
    Saturday, December 2

    The Calvary Women's Ministry annual Christmas Tea will be Saturday, December 2 at 1:00–3:00 PM in the Crown Room. Our volunteers make this a very special celebration!

    Table Decorators
    Thanks to all of our ladies who have volunteered to decorate tables!

    Men, you can help make the Christmas Tea extra special! We need servers to pour hot water for tea, clear dinnerware, and attend to our guests at the event. Volunteers arrive at 11:00 AM, and you'll be done by 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. Attire is a white shirt and black slacks.

    Contact: Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417,


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    Calvary Night @ OCC
    Shoebox Distribution Center
    Tuesday, December 5

    Calvary Night at OCC
    OCC Shoebox Distribution Center
    Tuesday, December 5, 5:45–10:00 PM
    Calvary Night at the OCC Distribution Center is an annual serving opportunity for adults and teens age 13+ (no exceptions). In the warehouse, we'll sort, inspect, and tape shoeboxes for their journey around the world. It's a great evening of service and fellowship!
    Arrive PROMPTLY at 5:45 PM. Participants must complete a release form at the OCC Center. Wear warm clothing and comfortable close-toed shoes.
    Plan to eat dinner before the shift begins. You may bring dinner or purchase pizza or Chik-fil-A and eat in the snack bar area BEFORE the 5:45 shift begins.
    OCC Distribution Center is located at:
    7100 Forest Pointe Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28217

    Calvary OCC Project Coordinator: Sharyn Thackston, 704.577.6487,
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    Luke 14 Banquets
    Volunteer or donate a gift!
    December 9 & 12

    We need hundreds of gifts and volunteers for our Luke 14 Banquets on December 9 & 12 
    It's Easy to Serve...Volunteer as an individual or as a family!
    Greeters:  Say hello to folks coming in!
    Table Hosts:  Have dinner with some new friends! (You won’t be asked to provide any special or personal care.)
    Donate gifts:  Make someone's evening by preparing a gift just for them!  Everyone gets one!

    200+ Volunteers needed
    Come serve as greeters, table hosts, gift processors, meal servers, or prayer team members. Table hosts must be Calvary members or regular attendees, ages 18+ (youth must serve with parents) and attend the training meeting before the event. Sign up in the Galleria on Sundays in November or register online. 



    800+ Gifts needed

    Bring gifts in decorative gift bags to the Galleria by December 7. Attach gift tags identifying the appropriate age group. Most gifts will be for adults.

    Gift Processors
    Volunteers are needed to help process gifts December 4–9, 11:00 AM–3:00 PM in Room 300. Help sort, count, and prepare gifts for the event.

    Event Times
    Family Banquet  |  Saturday, December 9, 5:30–8:00 PM
    Group Luncheon  |  Tuesday, December 12, 11:30–1:30 PM
    Pre-Event Volunteer Training: 
    Saturday, December 9 at 4:00 PM, Crown Room
    Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 AM, Crown Room
    Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322,


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    Volunteer in Children's Ministry
    New and ongoing opportunities

    Volunteering with Children's Ministry: How can I help?
    Hundreds of parents, grandparents, young adults, and individuals with varied gifts and talents serve with our Children's Ministry teams

    Are you gifted in teaching, story-telling, crafts, music, tech, or behind the scenes work? Do you have a passion for sharing Christ's love and the life-changing message of the Gospel with children? If so, please consider serving with us on Sunday mornings especially!

    Note: Volunteers must have attended Calvary for at least six months, and all teachers must be Calvary members. Background checks are required.

    Click here to learn more about opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry.

    NEW: Puppeteers needed! Have a heart for ministry through puppets or drama? We have a special need for a Puppeteer Team in our Preschool BibleZone on Sundays at 11:15, supporting Bible-based skits and songs for our children ages 2-kindergarten. Puppets, skits and music all provided -- we just need a few volunteers for this special role with this special group!

    Ready to volunteer? Have questions? 

    Contact: Su Trull, Director of Children’s Ministries, 704.341.5458, or Susan Grigg, 704.341.5356,

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    Coaching with CHAMP Sports

    If you have a desire to serve the Lord by working with kids and reaching out to their families, we would love to speak with you about coaching CHAMP basketball (ages 5–18),  soccer (ages 4 to 18), flag football (6 to 15), t-ball (5-6) and baseball (7-8) throughout the season. Just two to three hours a week can make a huge impact in the lives of kids!

    Visit the CHAMP website at for full details.

    Contact: Kelly Lamb, 704.887.3689,

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    Community Impact

    Our Community Impact ministry coordinates important local, regional, and national issues and events, including voter registration, Life Chain in October, and Sanctity of Life Sunday in January.

    Contact: Debbie Ware, 704.650.6095,

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    ESL Classes

    Interested in co-teaching or assisting with our international students? Classes meet 9:00-11:00 AM, September 19 – May. We need many volunteers to serve as coordinators, teachers, assistants, and more!

    For more information about our ESL classes, click here.

    Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322,

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    Hearts & Hammers
    Next training December 16

    Men, join a team to do household repairs and yard work for Calvary members who need a helping hand!

    Teams gather first at Calvary once a month for devotions and prayer before heading out to their assigned home. Teams support the same care receiver on a regular basis to complete work and build relationships.

    Ready to join us? The next training session is scheduled at 8:45–9:30 AM on December 16 in Room 226. To allow for preparation and any real-time updates, online registration is required at least two days prior to the training date.


    Questions about Hearts & Hammers? Contact Chuck Robinson at

    Contact: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, or Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417,

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    Jail Ministry

    Our local Jail Ministry presents opportunities to witness, counsel, and pray with inmates at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jail. Small group Bible studies for men and women take place on Thursdays from 8:00–9:30 PM. A two-hour orientation is required for all volunteers.

    For more information, contact Judy McElhaney,

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    Martha Ministry

    Our Martha Ministry team supports the Calvary family by providing a meal at the church before or after the funeral of immediate family members. Volunteers are assigned to rotating teams and might serve 3-4x per year by preparing a covered dish and delivering it ready to serve.

    Contact: Dalene Ingle, 704.573.0491, or Dianne Miller, 704.577.9618,

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    Senior Adults Telecare

    Be an encouragement to our senior adults by making regular phone calls and praying for them through our Senior Telecare ministry. Callers share Scripture and must be willing to pray with people over the phone. A great opportunity for those looking for a flexible schedule!

    Contact: Ron Coryell, 704.243.0715,

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    Special Needs Opportunities

    Will you help our Special Needs Ministry by serving as a Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Friends/Buddy, or Parent Partner on Sunday mornings? We also have opportunities for volunteers to serve at our events throughout the year. Thank you!

    Contact: Julie Daugherty, 704.236.1862,

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    Street Ministry

    Street Ministry volunteers serve breakfast to hundreds of homeless neighbors every Saturday in uptown Charlotte. Participate in food preparation, or help deliver and serve the meal. New volunteers are always welcome — sign up as individuals or groups for specific dates.

    Contact: Pete Delahunt, 312.375.4806,

    Winter Clothing Drive
    Calvary is collecting new or gently used adult size warm clothing, coats, blankets, and travel size hygiene items for the homeless during the month of November. The Street Ministry will distribute items on December 2. Please drop-off items in the collection bins in the Galleria.

    Contact: Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, or Pete Delahunt, 312.375.4806,

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    Stuffing Team

    Our Stuffing Team faithfully assembles our Looking Up newsletter for Sunday morning worship from 8:00-9:45 AM on Saturday mornings. Serve as needed or volunteer as backup for the busy holiday seasons.

    Contact: Wanda Moen,


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    Worship Ministries

    Interested in joining the Calvary Student Worship Choir, Calvary ChoirOrchestra/Praise Band or Technical team? Click here to learn about the many ways you can be a part of Worship Ministries.