Volunteering | Serving
Looking to share your gifts of time and talent?
There are several ways for you to get involved in the mission and ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church and its community outreach arm, Chicago Lights!
Check out our list of current opportunities below.
If you’d like even more information or have a gift to share for which you don’t see a match, please email Director of Volunteer Ministry Robert Crouch or call 312.981.3382.
For more ways to share your gifts and talents with the Fourth Church community, look through the "77 Ways to Get Connected at Fourth Church" booklet.
- Shower Ministry greeters for rotating Tuesday schedule (1:15–4:00 p.m.)
- Volunteer to unload Meals Ministry food truck once a month—around 3 hours; must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Volunteer to unload EDSCC food pantry delivery truck on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
- Volunteer to unload EDSCC food pantry produce delivery truck on the first Monday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Sets of new or gently used flatware for Sunday Night Supper: full-sized table knives, forks, and spoons (no serving pieces or soup spoons, please)
- Sunday Night Supper greeters and servers on Sundays from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m.
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For all caring-related serving and volunteering opportunities,
contact Judith Watt (312.573.3360)
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Children and Youth Programs
- Career Development provides high school students in the Chicago Lights Tutoring program a head start in keeping a job and planning for a satisfying career. Internship hosts and class facilitators are needed.
- Nursery assistants, who are church members, help support our nursery staff by providing loving care for our youngest members on Sunday mornings.
- Sunday School teachers teach approximately two times per month as a part of a teaching team or serve as substitutes in assisting a lead teacher. Teachers are members of Fourth Church; previous teaching experience is not necessary and curriculum and lesson materials are provided.
- Summer Day reduces learning loss for 125 students through six weeks of instruction in language arts math, music, dance, drama, photography, and visual art at the church. Volunteers are needed as academic and arts instructors, meal-time assistants, and field-trip chaperones for this Chicago Lights program.
- Vacation Bible School volunteers are youth and adults who assist with our weekly VBS program, which meets in the mornings one week each August.
- Youth leaders and chaperones work with our junior and senior high youth groups, which offer a variety of opportunities to accompany youth on their faith journey, from Sunday morning youth group gatherings to retreats, lock-ins, and summer mission trips.
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Cooking and Serving
- Bag Lunch assemblers put sandwiches in bags and load the lunch
cart in preparation for distribution at the Bag Lunch program held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:00 p.m. The time commitment is 10:30–11:45 a.m.; individual volunteers are prescheduled to serve on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
- Bag Lunch distributors check in guests, hand out lunches, and pour beverages in Anderson Hall during the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday lunch distribution. The time commitment is 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
- Bakers for Communion use a gluten-free recipe (provided) to prepare the wafers used for Holy Communion at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.
- Bakers for Monday Night Supper prepare dessert items at home, typically enough to serve twelve to fifteen guests at Meals Ministry's Monday Night Supper.
- Cooks/servers prepare meals on site in the Parish House Kitchen and serve them to guests during Sunday Night Supper. Volunteers must be at least sixteen and physically capable of standing for extended periods of time and moderately heavy lifting. Supervision and supplies are provided. The time commitment is 2:00–6:15 p.m. on Sundays.
- Monday Night Supper Dining Room volunteers assist with setup,
beverage pouring, hospitality, serving, and cleanup for Monday Night Supper, which is held at Catholic Charities (721 N. LaSalle). The time commitment is 3:30–6:15 p.m. on Sundays.
- Sandwich makers make sandwiches—in large batches—for those in need. Volunteers work in teams at the church , with all the necessary supplies provided.
- Shoppers shop, transport, and deliver needed supplies for Fourth Church Meals ministry. Car and email access are a requirement; a Costco membership is a plus. This activity occurs on a scheduled basis; days depend on a list (typically one to two hours per assignment).
- Sunday Night Supper Dining Room volunteers assist with room setup, beverage pouring, hospitality, serving, and cleanup for Sunday Night Supper in Anderson Hall. The time commitment is 3:45–6:00 p.m.
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Donation Management and Drives
- Christmas Wishes is a gift drive organized by Women at Fourth to provide holiday presents to Chicago Lights Tutoring students.
- Clothes sorters sort donated clothing for the Share Shop of the Chciago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center.
- The School Supply Drive sponsored by Women at Fourth collects backpacks and school supplies for youth in the Chicago Lights Summer Day, Dance Academy, Tutoring, and Urban Farm programs.
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Welcoming and Hosting
- Book Nook hosts assist those looking for books available for purchase during Sunday morning Coffee Hours.
- Coffee Hour hosts serve refreshments during Sunday Coffee Hours.
- Congregational meal and special event volunteers help to plan, manage, staff, and host special congregational events.
- Discover Fourth Committee members works on innovative ways to welcome new people and engage them in the life of faith and the Fourth Church congregation.
- Good Neighbors Street Outreach Team members connect with individuals on the street who are experiencing homelessness by providing emergency food and directing them to other resources for further aid.
- Inquirers' Class teachers are members of the church who help tell the story of God's goodness happening here at Fourth Church to those considering membership.
- Shopping aides assist guests of the Fod Pantry and Share Shop in the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center.
- Shower Ministry greaters welcome those using the Fourth Church
showers on Tuesday afternoon. The schedule rotates; the time commitment
is 1:15–4:00 p.m.
- Welcome Committee members welcome and greet visitors, members, and guests each Sunday and at various open houses and other occasions in the life of Fourth Church.
For all worship-related serving and volunteering opportunities,
contact Shawn Fiedler (312.573.3367)
- The Beadle carries the Bible while leading the worship procession up the center aisle at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The Beadle role is filled by members of Session or Deacons; others are encouraged to volunteer for occasional services.
- Bread Cutters prepare the bread used for Communion by intinction at
8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. services each week. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotation basis or called upon as needed.
- The Chancel Guild prepares the table and chancel before each Sunday service. It also assists in the preparation of Holy Communion at 9:30 and
11:00 a.m. servies. Guild members gather from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on the Saturday morning preceding Communion Sundays to prepare the elements and stack the Communion trays for each service.
- Chancel Team for 8:00 a.m. assists in the preparation of Communion at the 8:00 a.m. service. Responsibilities include setting the Communion table with the proper cloth and elements, cleaning the Communion vessels, and occasionally laundering linens.
- Communion Servers are ordained Elders or Deacons in the PC(USA) who have attended a required training session. They help serve Communion at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services (first Sunday of even-numbered months plus Holy Week) or serve Communion by intinction on Holy Days.
- Docents engage in friendly, warm conversation with newcomers while offering fifteen-to-twenty-minute guided tours of our historic sanctuary following the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services. A one-session training is required.
- Jazz at Four greeters serve on a monthly basis at the 4:00 p.m. Sunday jazz service. Volunteers welcome both worshipers and visitors, distribute worship bulletins, assist with the offering, and help pick up after the service. The time commitment is approximately two hours.
- Lay Liturgists lead the congregation in worship by reading the Psalter or scripture lessons. Lay Liturgists participate in Sunday services, Friday evening Taizé services, and on Holy Days.
- Ushers are ministers of hospitality who seat worshipers, receive the offering, and assist newcomers in finding their way. Ushers join a specific service team (8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.) and are invited to serve during special services throughout the year.
- Taizé Greeters serve as welcoming hosts to those attending Taizé worship in Buchanan Chapel on the fourth Friday of the month. They hand out bulletins, assist in seating latecomers, and help with clean-up.
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