<p>Pray. Invite. Serve.<br />
<em>Opportunities to make a difference during the holiday season!</em></p>
Pray. Invite. Serve.
Opportunities to make a difference during the holiday season!

Serve at Calvary

At Calvary, we have unique opportunities to be a light and reach out with love to others!

Our worship services, Christmas concerts, and holiday ministries and outreaches are special ways to share the Gospel with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors throughout our community. Who will you invite?

We're praying for God to use us for His kingdom this holiday season! Consider the serving opportunities below, and make a commitment to pray, invite, and serve — trusting the Lord to do more than we can ask or imagine!

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    Calvary Night at OCC
    Shoebox Distribution Center
    Tuesday, November 30
    Register now!

    Tuesday, November 30, 5:45–10:00 PM
    Calvary Night at the OCC Distribution Center is an annual serving opportunity for adults and teens age 13+. In the Charlotte OCC Distribution Center, we’ll sort, inspect, and prepare 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 for the OCC Center. Wear warm clothing and comfortable close-toed shoes.


    OCC Distribution Center is located at:
    7100 Forest Pointe Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28217

    What to Expect at the Processing Center

    This year, Samaritan’s Purse is making modifications at their centers to prepare for your visit. Current plans include:

    • Volunteers must be free of COVID-19 related symptoms for 14 days and not have been exposed to anyone that is known positive for COVID-19 during that same time period prior to serving. 
    • Volunteers should check their temperature prior to traveling to the processing center.
    • Samaritan’s Purse will provide masks and gloves for all staff and volunteers who serve in a processing center.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facilities.
    • Designated staff will clean and sanitize the processing center frequently.
    • Our newly-developed processing procedures will allow volunteers and staff to social distance while serving with those from other groups.
    • Volunteer group leaders will receive additional information regarding how to prepare for COVID-19 modifications prior to arrival.
    • Procedures may be customized per processing center based on local guidelines and restrictions.
    • There will be no food vendors inside the processing center this year—plan to bring a bag dinner when you arrive.
    • There will be a Gear Store on-site this year. The store will be credit/debit card only and unable to accept cash or checks.

    If changes are required due to local COVID-19 conditions, we will communicate as quickly as possible through volunteer group leaders and updates to this webpage.

    Calvary OCC Project Coordinator: Sharyn Thackston, 704.577.6487, sthackston@carolina.rr.com
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    Prison Outreach
    Fridays, December 3 & 17
    Help pack meals at Calvary

    On Friday, December 3 & 17, Calvary Prison Ministry will share the love of Christ by providing a delicious holiday dinner for the inmates in two area facilities: Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, SC, and Kershaw Correctional Institution in Kershaw, SC.

    We need 50 volunteers to help pack the holiday meals at Calvary at 8:00–11:00 AM for each outreach. Since volunteers cannot enter the prison due to COVID-19, we'll pack the food in to-go boxes at Calvary that morning and then take it to the prisons. Each box will include a Gospel tract and Calvary's address so that prisoners can write to us for more information. 

    Please sign up below to serve with us!


    Outreach Contacts:
    Valerie Ahearn, 704.787.4784, valahearn@hotmail.com
    Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com
    Jennifer Porras, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Serve at Luke 14 Banquets
    December 11 & 14
    Be a host, greeter, or bring a gift

    • Contribute Gifts: Make someone's day by preparing a gift just for them!  
    • Greeters:  Say hello to folks coming in!  
    • Table Hosts:  Have dinner with some new friends!  

    Luke 14 Gifts
    Calvary provides a gift for every guest and caregiver who attends our Luke 14 Banquets for the Special Needs community. This year, we need over 600 gifts!

    Please bring a NEW gift ($20 retail value) in a decorative gift bag to the collection racks along the Galleria concourses by Tuesday, December 7. Staple a card onto the gift bag noting the intended recipient’s AGE & GENDER. No used items, please!

    Gifts for adults are needed most — $20 gift cards to restaurants, Target, or Walmart are always appreciated.

    Get Luke 14 gift suggestions here.

    Greeters, Table Hosts, & Servers
    Register below or sign up in the Galleria on Sundays to be a greeter, host a table, or work with Food Service at a Luke 14 event. Or contact Cheryl Bailey, ckkpb@yahoo.com to volunteer.


    Event Times
    Family Banquet  |  Saturday, December 11, 5:30–7:30 PM
    Group Luncheon  |  Tuesday, December 14, 11:30–1:30 PM

    Pre-Event Volunteer Training 
    Saturday, December 11 at 4:00 PM, Crown Room
    Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 AM, Crown Room

    Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com


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    Holiday Nursery Volunteers
    Dec 12 & Dec 24 services 
    Register now to serve

    Will you encourage our guests and young Calvary families by caring for children (infants–age 3) during any of our holiday worship services?

    If you have a heart for children and a desire to serve the Lord, one-time and first-time volunteers are welcome! A background check is required for ages 18+.

    All volunteers must wear a mask while serving in the Nursery. The Nursery Coordinator will contact you with training information and protocol details after you register.

    Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the service time.

    Volunteer at the Thanksgiving Service
    Sunday, November 21 | 6:00 PM — Thank you, this need has been met!

    Volunteer at the Advent Organ Concert
    Sunday, December 5 | 6:00 PM — Thank you, this need has been met!

    Volunteer at the Evening Christmas Concert
    Sunday, December 12 | 6:00 PM


    Volunteer at the Candlelight Christmas Eve Services  
    Friday, December 24  |  3:00 PM


    Friday, December 24  |  5:00 PM 


    Questions? Contact: Jane Jewell, Nursery Coordinator, 704.341.5399, jjewell@calvarychurch.com

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    Christmas Ushers & Greeters
    Dec 12 & 24 services
    Help welcome our guests

    Share a warm welcome with our guests this holiday season!

    We need additional ushers and greeters to assist with seating, receive the offering, help with candles at the Christmas Eve service, and provide information about Calvary. We also have opportunities to help with traffic and guests in the parking lots.

    Let us know if you are willing to volunteer at any of these services:

    Christmas Concert
    Sunday, December 12 |  6:00 PM

    Candlelight Christmas Eve 
    Friday, December 24  |  3:00, 5:00 & 700 PM

    Please plan to arrive 45 minutes before the service time.

    To serve as an Usher, contact Malcolm Weeks, 704.607.5765,  malcolm.weeks58@gmail.com.

    To serve as a Greeter, contact Natasha Komlev, natk614@gmail.com

    To serve as a Parking Attendant, contact Ryan Smith, 814.826.5574, ryan.smith@clinn.us


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    International Reception
    December 12 after the PM concert
    Serve as an event host

    Sunday, December 12 
    7:30–9:30 PM, Crown Room

    Will you share the love of Christ by inviting international neighbors and friends to our Christmas Concert, "Jesus, God With Us," on Sunday, December 12 at 6:00 PM and the International Dessert Reception afterward in the Crown Room?

    Will you serve as a Calvary host?
    Help make our guests feel welcome and answer questions about our church! A brief training is required. Please register before December 3, so we may prepare for you.

    Host Training
    Sunday, December 5  |  12:30–1:30 PM

    REGISTER to be a host

    Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com


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    Auto Repair Ministry Volunteers
    Join our team to relaunch ministry

    We're currently gathering volunteer support to relaunch the Calvary Automotive Repair Ministry.

    If you are a professional mechanic or a skilled DIYer with experience in repairing and maintaining automobiles, please reach out and help us rebuild this ministry to our congregation and community.

    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com & Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

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    Children's Bible Clubs Volunteers
    Awana & Gopher Buddies
    Join our Wednesday team! 

    Our Children's Bible Clubs need many faithful volunteers to join our ranks! Awana and Gopher Buddies meet on Wednesday evenings, 6:30–8:00 PM, throughout the school year.

    If you love the Lord Jesus and desire to help kids develop life-long Bible knowledge, memorize Scripture verses, and learn to apply God's truth to their lives, please consider becoming part of our team!

    There are volunteer opportunities to serve as leaders or mentors for C-Track, T&T, Sparks, and Gopher Buddies. We need  Activity & Game leaders, Tech, and Student Leaders-in-Training for Gopher Buddies and Sparks. Plus, we need Substitutes to fill in where needed. You may choose your area of service or club when you register below.

    To join our team, volunteers must have attended Calvary for at least six months. Background checks are required for ages 18+.


    Contact: Jennifer Groseclose, 704.341.5349, jgroseclose@calvarychurch.com
    Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com

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    Coach with CHAMP Sports
    Training Provided

    Interested in being a CHAMP coach? We offer seasonal youth leagues for soccer (ages 3–18), flag football (6–17), T-ball (5-6), baseball (7–8), and basketball (ages 5–18).

    Just three hours a week can make a huge impact on the lives of our CHAMP kids and families! No prior coaching experience is necessary and training is provided!

    Visit the CHAMP website at champsportsinfo.com for full details. 

    Contact: Kelly Lamb, 704.887.3689, klamb@calvarychurch.com

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    ESL Volunteers
    Teachers & assistants needed

    Interested in serving in our English as a Second Language ministry? 

    We need additional teachers and assistants to provide a welcoming and high-quality ESL program to international students of all backgrounds who are interested in building their English skills. Teachers must be Calvary members. We invite you to join our ESL volunteer team!


    Fall term ESL classes will meet on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM, September 23 – November 18.

    • Introductory and Level 1–4 will meet in person at Calvary (with masks & social distancing)
    • Level 5 and Advanced classes will meet on via Zoom.

    For more information about Calvary's ESL classesclick here

    Questions? Interested in joining our team? Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com

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    Food Pantry Donations
    Drop-off in the Galleria
    Thank you for your support!

    The Calvary Food Pantry provides for families in need at Calvary and throughout our community. Currently, we are supporting many families of children in local elementary schools. Thank you for sharing non-perishable grocery items as listed below.


    You may drop off donations at Calvary at the Food Pantry cupboard in the Galleria.

    Thank you for your generosity and support!

    Contacts: Valerie Ahearn, 704.787.4784 & Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.907.7497, srajappan@calvarychurch.com


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    Good News Clubs
    Bible teachers at area schools

    Calvary currently partners with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to lead 10 Good News Clubs in five public elementary schools.

    If you can commit three hours per week for eight weeks during the school year, we need your help as a Bible teacher, assistant, or administrative helper. Training is provided.

    We hope to resume after-school clubs in Spring 2022, so we'll need additional volunteers. Join us to share the Gospel with kids in our community!

    Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, Pastor of Outreach, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com

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    Martha Ministry

    Our Martha Ministry team supports Calvary families by providing a meal at the church before or after the funeral of their immediate family members. Volunteers are assigned to rotating groups and might serve three or four times per year by preparing a covered dish and delivering it ready to serve.

    Contacts: Dalene Ingle, 704.573.0491, digiolde@carolina.rr.com and Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Queen City Pregnancy Resource Center
    Volunteers needed!

    The new Queen City Pregnancy Resource Center is seeking volunteers. The center plans to open in November 2021.

    Calvary Church desires to be on the front line when it comes to standing for the life of unborn children — and evangelizing and discipling families affected by pregnancy. 

    Volunteers will serve at the Queen City Pregnancy Resource Center and lead their Adult Life Groups to provide care and support for those who come to the center. Our goal is to share the love of Christ with these moms, dads, and families. Please let Pastor Cashwell know if you're interested in more information about this ministry.

    Calvary Contact: Pastor Jim Cashwelljcashwell@calvarychurch.com

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    Senior Adults Telecare

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

    Contact: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, jpile@calvarychurch.com

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    Special Needs Serving
    Sunday mornings

    Calvary has many children, students, and young adults with special needs who participate in our ministry. Will you help by serving as a Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Friend/Buddy, or Parent Partner on Sunday mornings?

    • Our current need is for new volunteers to serve on a monthly rotation on Sundays at 9:45 AM: 1st & 3rd Sundays or 2nd & 4th Sundays. A background check is required. 

    We also have opportunities for volunteers to serve at Special Needs Ministry events throughout the year. Thank you!

    If you're interested in serving or have questions, please contact Mia Beal, 704.341.5413, mbeal@calvarychurch.com or Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com.

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    Street Ministry
    Serving breakfast Uptown
    on Saturday mornings

    Calvary Street Ministry volunteers serve breakfast to hundreds of homeless neighbors every Saturday at Hal Marshall Annex, 618 N. College Street.

    Participate in food preparation at Calvary, or help deliver and serve the meal Uptown. New volunteers are always welcome! 

    Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com 


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    Word Room Volunteers
    Help in our bookstore

    Do you enjoy helping people in a retail setting? Could you assist people with selecting and purchasing Bibles, books, sermon sets, cards, and gifts?

    The Word Room bookstore needs volunteers to help on Sundays before and after the worship service, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. If you're interested, please contact Veda Boyd at 704.341.5363 or wordroom@calvarychurch.com.

    Contact: Matthew Thompson, mthompson@calvarychurch.com