Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome! Wherever you are on your spiritual journey you are welcome here.   As part of the Episcopal Church, we have roots in the ancient, apostolic church. At the same time, we seek to participate in the love of God in Jesus Christ as a living reality in the here and now.

There is so much happening at Christ Church these days.   We love to welcome new people in all their various interests.

 

Adult Formation


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Adult Formation Contact

 

All People’s Church


Since 2011, Christ Church has been building a partnership with All Peoples Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in the inner-city of Milwaukee. The Episcopal Church and the ELCA are in full communion. All Peoples Church is a diverse, thriving congregation with numerous ministries related to peace and justice work. As one example, they have a vibrant feeding program in which they use fresh food grown on lots across the street by youth in their congregation.   Currently we help them serve a meal four times a year to the kids and adults who participate in their Wednesday Night Alive program. We go Christmas caroling with them in the neighborhood. We host them and their amazing musicians in our Sunday worship and we go there for worship as well. New opportunities for partnership are always emerging.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

All People's Church Contact

 

Altar Guild


Altar Guild members work in teams to prepare the church for services of divine worship, set the table for Communion held at each service, and clean up afterward. Each team handles this work about once a month, preparing the linens, dishes, wine, and wafers before each service. We also wash the dishes and wash and iron the linens after each service. Although this ministry requires care and attention to detail so that the worship service goes smoothly, it’s a team effort, so it is always enjoyable.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Altar Guild Contact

 

Archives and History


We are currently examining historical documents and photographs, and will continue to expand ideas for preserving and passing along the history of the congregation.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Archives and History Contact

 

Bell Choir


Talk about making a joyful noise unto the Lord! Our bell choir practices before choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, and leads us in worship at various services during the year.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Bell Choir Contact

 

Buildings & Grounds


This is the group who oversees the needs of our building, and gets involved in hands-on chores every so often. A number of volunteers are needed to tackle small projects such as light painting, minor electrical and other repair jobs that need to be done both inside and outside. Lots of people with a variety of skills make this committee work well. If you have two or three hours to spare here and there and a few good skills we could use your help. There are a number of small plumbing projects that need to be done inside that can be accomplished in no time at all by someone with a few good skills.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Chancel Choir


Make a Joyful Noise! — And consider joining the Choir to help us turn noise into beautiful and joyful Music!  The choir season extends from September through May and you are invited to sing with us as often as your schedule allows — weekly attendance is appreciated but not required!  Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and the choir sings during most Sunday and Holiday/Seasonal services.  Come to sing a great variety of music from Bach to Jazz — you and the congregation will be enriched!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Chancel Choir Contact

 

Children’s Chapels


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Children’s Chapels Contact

 

Children’s Choir


Young Choristers (Grades 4 and up) are invited and encouraged to sing with the Adult-Chancel Choir, either at the Chancel Choir’s full schedule, or as often as your family’s schedule will allow.  The choir season extends from September through May each year, with rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm — singing during most Sunday 9:30 am and Seasonal/Holiday services.  Each Young Chorister is paired with an Adult Choir Mentor for guidance and music learning assistance.  Participation with the Adult-Chancel Choir helps Young Choristers to learn the liturgy, traditions, and music of the church toward greater understanding and fulfillment!

In addition, our youngest members are invited up for ‘Holy Chaos’ on a regular basis to play percussion instruments as we sing an accessible closing song.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Children’s Choir Contact

 

Children and Youth Formation


Life is a constant process of formation; forming opinions, beliefs, and practices.  At Christ Church we strive to offer our children formation shaped by Scripture, the traditions of the church, imagination, and creativity.  Outside of worship, children’s formation occurs primarily through Christian Formation (Sunday School and Intergenerational Formation) and Outreach (serving and being with those in need).

The Children’s Formation Committee oversees programming for K4-8th grade children.  This includes making decisions on curriculum, recruiting teachers, helping plan and organize children’s formation events, and being vocal advocates of Christian formation in the lives of our young families.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Children and Youth Formation Contact

 

Christ Church Pipers


Anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes, (or anyone who already knows how) is welcome to join this group. We are recreational pipers, meaning we gather for fun and learning and not for competitions or paid performances. You are welcome to come to a practice or two and see how it works and how easy it is to learn.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Christmas Pageant


A Pageant Coordinator works with the clergy to design and implement the Christmas Pageant. Additional volunteers assist with rehearsals, provide publicity help, make or repair costumes, and help with music.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Christmas Pageant Contact

 

Church Office Volunteers


There is often much to be accomplished in support of the Parish Administrator and the Staff. Can you give three hours a week (scheduled on a rotating basis so that it would not have to be every week) to answer the telephone, help prepare mailings, use the photocopier, fold, collate bulletins and newsletters, and do a variety of other office duties?

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Church Office Volunteers Contact

 

Clean Water


Clean Water for Haiti is a Lenten program for all members of Christ Church. A daily booklet of activities and learning is prepared and distributed, and each day, there is an invitation to put some coins in a water bottle for donation to the Haiti Project. After Easter, all the money is collected and sent to Haiti, and used to provide clean water for the village of Jeannette and St. Marc’s Episcopal Church in Jeannette. Interested in helping out? We need you!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Clean Water Contact

 

Columbarium


The Christ Church Columbarium is located under the nave and accessed via the current Nursery. Columbarium comes from the Latin Columba or “Dovecote”, the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. Thus it is an area reserved for the interment of cremated remains of the deceased. It is a place for meditation and private prayer, in dignified surroundings on consecrated grounds.

Ours is under the direction of the Columbarium Trustees: Rector, current Senior & Junior Wardens, immediate past Senior Warden, and two parishioners appointed by the Vestry. Those interested in knowing more and/or purchasing a niche may contact the Rector or Parish Administrator for more information.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Columbarium Contact

 

Communications


Communication is at the heart of welcoming people into a faith community and informing people within the community. Communications includes our website, writing and editing articles for our newsletter The Messenger, and taking photos of events at and around Christ Church.

We are always on the lookout for people who are able to share their gifts in this way.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Communications Contact

 

Confirmation Class


High School students who will be 16 around the date of the Bishop’s visitation, every other year, are invited to prepare to receive the sacramental rite of Confirmation, and reflect upon being a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.  Confirmation will take place again in 2016 and 2018.  Confirmation is a serious time commitment – it requires meeting regularly with the confirmation class (about 20 sessions), a weekend retreat, and a few field trips to service sites and other types of worship. High school students and adults interested in confirmation learn alongside one another and are encouraged to take part in other aspects of the church as adult members.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Confirmation Class Contact

 

Crucifers, Acolytes, and Altar Services


Torchbearers, Altar Acolytes, and Head Acolytes are crucial players in our Sunday worship.  At the 8:00 service the acolyte (“one who assists in a liturgical service”) carries the processional cross, reads the lessons, and assists the priest in setting the altar for communion.  At the 9:15 service we have three acolyte roles for youth. Elementary aged children serve as torchbearers, lighting the way for the opening procession, the gospel, and the Eucharistic prayer.  Torchbearers also collect the gifts of bread and wine from the congregation.  Middle school youth serve as altar acolytes.  Their responsibilities include holding the altar book for the priest, processing with the gospel book, and assisting the priest in setting the altar.  High school youth serve as head acolytes.  The head acolytes are responsible for making sure we have enough acolytes, lighting the altar candles, leading the procession with the cross, receiving the money offering, and shepherding younger acolytes during the service.  Training is offered for any and all who are interested in serving God and the church in this way!  No experience or special knowledge necessary!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Crucifers, Acolytes, and Altar Services Contact

 

Diocesan Delegation


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Diocesan Delegation Contact

 

Disability Committee


This committee is made up of people with and without disabilities who seek to make Christ Church more welcoming to people with disabilities. This committee addresses three areas, accessibility, outreach, and relational evangelism.  We work to bring all people closer to Christ, regardless of physical or mental impairment.  This committee is ad-hoc and ongoing, meeting when needs arise. In the coming years, Christ Church has a goal of becoming more accessible in many ways, and we always seek feedback for how to make our worship and congregational life open to those with and without disabilities.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Disability Committee Contact

 

Downtown Group


The Downtown Group meets every other week in a downtown location; usually in an office conference room of one of the group’s members. They discuss   podcasts, or anything of interest to the group. They meet for one hour and most bring their own lunch. All are welcome.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Downtown Group Contact

 

Education for Ministry (EfM)


This is a rigorous program that allows students to deepen their knowledge of the Bible, participate in theological reflection, learn about church history and theology, and join with others in discovering and practicing their ministries. Students from various parishes meet weekly throughout the academic year for an evening class at a local church and share a light meal and discussion of the week’s lesson.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Education for Ministry (EfM) Contact

 

Endowment Trust Board


The members of this Board oversee the Christ Church Endowment.  The Endowment is a dedicated, long term fund that has enabled Christ Church and its members to create and enduring legacy of giving.  The Endowment is invested for the long term and is managed independently of the Church’s operating budget.  The Board consists of eight directors appointed by the Vestry.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Eucharistic Ministers


Eucharistic Ministers are a group of lay ministers appointed by our rector and licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist to assist the celebrant.  Eucharistic Ministers serve on Sunday mornings at the 8:00 and 9:30 services, and also when needed on feast days. The EM’s serve approximately every 2-3 weeks throughout the year, both indoors and the garden service. They serve a one-year term and may continue for a second year.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Eucharistic Ministers Contact

 

Eucharistic Visitors/Lay Pastoral Care


As a trained and licensed Eucharistic Visitor you will bring not only the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ to homebound parishioners, but also provide a genuine sense of caring, the gospel message, and a Christ Church presence. EVs are scheduled for visitation approximately once a month. Eucharistic Visitors may serve for up to three years.

One of the most profound gifts of being in a Christian community is having people minister to one another in times of need. Lay people can be “pastors” to one another: praying with people in the hospital, following up after the death of a loved one, or running special errands for those who are less mobile.

Eucharistic visiting is a more specialized ministry within Lay Pastoral Care. In the midst of a particular illness, or when one is bound to their home or retirement community, having a parishioner come with Holy Communion can be uniquely spiritually nourishing. The one who gives communion will also recognize these visits as holy moments. Talk with Fr. Seth Dietrich if you would like to participate as a lay pastor or would like to be trained and licensed for Eucharistic visiting.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Eucharistic Visitors/Lay Pastoral Care Contact

 

Evening Prayer


Led by lay people in the parish, the service for Evening Prayer has always been at the heart of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. The short service begins at 5:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and lasts about 20 minutes. It is a peaceful end to the day.

Worship Leaders (appointed by our rector and licensed by the Bishop) rotate through the year in leading daily Evening Prayer (Wed & Thur). Ordinarily, two persons are involved each evening, one to lead the service (officiant), and the other (lector) to read the lessons.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Evening Prayer Contact

 

Faith and Light


Faith and Light is a community made up of persons with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, particularly young friends, who meet together on a regular basis in a Christian spirit, to share friendship, pray together, fiesta and celebrate life. Fr. Seth Allen has a particular passion for working with people with developmental disabilities and encouraging them and their families in faith. Christ Church does not currently have an active chapter of Faith and Light, but would be willing to begin one if there is interest.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Faith and Light Contact

 

Feasts of 20__ Planning


A variety of special, social events planned and hosted by parish members where a fee is charged as a fundraiser to attend the event. Many events are offered from February to June.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Finance Committee


This is a group comprised of the former and current wardens, our treasurer, a Vestry representative and three other parish members. The Committee meets monthly to monitor the budget and financial stewardship of the Church and plan the budget for approval by the Vestry.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Finance Committee Contact

 

Flower Guild


Members rotate through the year to arrange the altar flowers for Sunday mornings, Principal Feasts and Holy Days The group enjoys getting together for workshops and fellowship with the altar guild.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Flower Guild Contact

 

Food for the Soul


Food for the Soul is a meal ministry for parishioners who may be ill, new to the community, in need of support while moving, recovering from surgery, caring for a new baby, or are facing a crisis or other kinds of life-interrupting circumstances. When meals are requested, the group uses an online meal calendar to coordinate dates, delivery time, and dietary needs. Food for the Soul always welcomes new participants as well as requests for meals.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Food for the Soul Contact

 

Fourth of July Root Beer Floats


There is always room for another server at our now-famous root beer float giveaway during the Whitefish Bay parade. We gave away 2,500 floats at the last parade!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Food for the Soul Contact

 

Gardening Angels


Throughout the year, four to six or more folks are needed to care for our gardens. Activities include weeding, watering, deadheading (ask and you shall be answered!) and other minor maintenance. A time commitment is asked of one or two hours per week on a weekly rotation schedule, depending upon the number of folks on the calendar. Beginning in early spring, watch for a sign-up sheet in the garden vestibule.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Giving Tree


The Giving Tree is an annual Christmas season program, whereby tags with specified gifts are hung on a Christmas tree. Church members take a tag or two, and they purchase the gift on the tag. The gifts are given to the children of Our Next Generation. We need 2 people to coordinate this program for next Christmas season.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Giving Tree Contact

 

Handbell Choir


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Handbell Choir Contact

 

Kitchen Team / Cooking and Baking


Used by many members, the kitchen serves the whole congregation and beyond, whenever food is involved! We need a Kitchen Team to keep up with the place, to make sure that we have the right supplies, and the people who use it are keeping it clean, etc. Many hands make light work.

There are many opportunities for fellowship at Christ Church and many times – fellowship revolves around food! Cooking and baking are essential – we need your help, make a pot a soup, bake some brownies, how about a salad? Let us know what your specialty is!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Kitchen Team/Cooking and Baking Contact

 

Living Compass


Living Compass is a personal and family wellness ministry created by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner and his wife Holly Stoner.  Living Compass Ministries provides guidance with a variety of small group formation programs that help adults, teens, parents and couples make choices that will help them connect faith and wellness in a whole new way.  This program will help you name what you probably already know and help you risk taking action steps needed to make the changes you truly desire. There is a need for a group of people to oversee and lead this ministry in Christ Church. If you are interested taking a leadership role, would like to start a small group in your home or at church, or would like to join a group with other church members, please sign up with Edith Braeger at edith@livingcompass.org to get started.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Kitchen Team/Cooking and Baking Contact

 

Men’s Group


Focused on building friendships, serving the community, and spiritual growth, the Christ Church men’s group meets throughout the year.   This group also serves the Christ Church community, cooking for the pre-Lenten pancake brunch or barbecuing for the annual church picnic.   New adventures are always being planned, and men are welcome to come to the events that catch their interest.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Men's Group Contact

 

Men’s Wednesday Morning Small Group


Meeting each Wednesday, September through May, in the John Thompson Room at 7:30 am, we read and discuss the propers (lessons) for the following Sunday. Discussion is led by members of the group. After prayers, we adjourn for fellowship at a local coffee shop.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Men’s Wednesday Morning Small Group Contact

 

 

Musicians


Do you play a musical instrument?  You are invited to share your musical talent with the congregation!  Instrumentalists and vocalists are essential to enhancing and beauty and wonder of our worship together.  We especially encourage intergenerational music making, bringing together children and adults in a variety of ways.  We believe beauty is found in enthusiastic participation more than musical perfection.  Instrumental solos and ensembles are welcomed and encouraged during Sunday and Seasonal Services to enhance the liturgy.  Let us know of your instrumental musical talent and availability!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Musicians Contact

 

Newcomer’s Ministry


Welcome to Christ Church! Whether you are looking for a new church or have been attending with us for a while, we want you to get to know Christ Church. The Newcomer’s Committee holds an inquiry class twice a year to offer information about the Episcopal Church and membership at Christ Church. We can help introduce you to other newcomers and church members, as well as guide you to ministry opportunities within our church and community.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Newcomer’s Ministry Contact

 

Nursery


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Nursery Contact

 

Our Next Generation


Our Next Generation is an after school tutoring and mentoring program at 34th and Lisbon. Tutoring is provided week nights from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers are always needed.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Our Next Generation Contact

 

Outreach Committee


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Outreach Committee Contact

 

Personnel Committee


The personnel committee oversees the policies and procedures for Christ Church staff.  They help with recruit and hire for new positions.  They assist with annual reviews, and they conduct research on best staffing practices.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Readers


Parishioners, known as lectors when we read, read the lessons and lead the Prayers of the People during the Sunday services. This is a wonderful way to be engaged in our church services, and we are always looking for more readers from all ages, middle-schoolers through adults.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Readers Committee Contact

 

Shoreline Interfaith for the Elderly


Shoreline Interfaith for the Elderly provides volunteer services, primarily transportation, to help elderly people remain living at home. This is a great opportunity for someone with sporadic availability…just do it when you can!

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

St. Hilda’s Group


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

St. Hilda’s Guild Contact

 

Stewardship


The Stewardship Committee, in coordinating our annual pledge campaign, looks for ways to encourage spirit-filled proportionate giving of our time, talents and money, recognizing that all that we have are gifts from God. This group begins meeting in late spring, and does the majority of our work in September and October.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

 

Sunday Evening Bible Study


All are welcome.  Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Sunday evenings, we use our time together to learn more about Holy Scriptures through a workbook or study book format.  Units typically last from 8 to 10 weeks, so watch the church bulletins for when a new unit is about to begin, and feel free to join us.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Sunday Evening Bible Study Contact

 

The Gathering


The Gathering is a community meal program which serves lunch and dinner to those in need. Christ Church serves at a Saturday noon meal 6 times a year. We also make sandwich dinner bags monthly, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, and the meals are delivered to the lunch site for people to take home. The dinner bag project is especially kid and family friendly, because it is quick, casual, and fun.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

The Gathering Contact

 

Treasurer


The treasurer has a variety of duties but generally works with the church’s accounting and administrative staff to analyze and deliver monthly reports to the Finance Committee and Vestry updating on actual income and expense versus what was budgeted; collaboratively drives the annual budgeting process through historical analysis and input from committee heads, Vestry and Rector; leads ad hoc analysis and provides recommendations as issues arise that have potential financial impact to the church and assists in reporting on the church’s financial information to the Diocese through the annual Parochial report.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Treasurer Contact

 

20’s and 30’s Group


Christ Church is blessed with a thriving group of young adults, some just out of college, some single, some married, some starting families. This group of young adults has taken active leadership in many parts of Christ Church, including reading during services, serving as Chalice ministers, youth leaders, and more. There are a couple of small groups devoted to families with young children, and there are often seasonal small groups for unmarried young adults. For example, we met during Advent for an intentional time of fellowship and prayer.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

20’s and 30’s Group Contact

 

Ushers


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Ushers Contact

 

Vestry


To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Vestry Contact

 

Wednesday Noon Men’s Book Group


The Noon group reads books relating to their faith and spiritual growth. The books are chosen by members of the group that in some way relate to their personal passions. Each gathering has time for   personal check in, study and prayer. We meet over BYO lunches in the JT room.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Wednesday Noon Men’s Book Group Contact

 

Women’s Tuesday Morning Small Group


The Tuesday Morning Bible & Book Study is comprised of women of all ages. Meeting from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. in the John Thompson Room, we have lively discussions stemming from a book or Bible study that we have chosen as a group.  All women are welcome to join at any time! Childcare options are available.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Women’s Tuesday Morning Small Group Contact

 

Women’s Tuesday Evening Small Group


This book/ Bible study meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. for fellowship, study, discussion, and prayer. The group is open to women of all ages and stages of life, but was designed to be a place for women who were unable to gather during the day.  We’ve read a wide variety of books, from Henri Nouwen and Anne Lamott to Lauren Winner and Nadia Bolz- Weber. We’ve also taken turns with books of the Bible, such as Philippians and 1 Peter. We truly enjoy growing in our faith and deepening in our friendships.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Women's Tuesday Evening Small Group Contact

 

Worldwide Hunger Relief


World Wide Hunger Relief is a spring opportunity to participate in a food pack for needy people in Haiti. Children as young as about 5 can participate in the assembly line, and it is fun, quick and much needed. People work in groups of 8, so you may come with a group or you may join others at their table.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Worldwide Hunger Relief Contact

 

Youth Ministry-High School


High School youth meet in an action –reflection model.  We act and experience God in a variety of ways, through service, prayer, worship, and fellowship.  We then reflect on these experiences and work to integrate our experience of God into our lives. Current highlights of high school youth programming are seasonal retreats (including snow tubing and a fall lake house retreat), annual mission /pilgrimage trips (examples include a pilgrimage to Rome, a week-long urban immersion in Milwaukee, and the serving with the Appalachia Service Project), and partnering with youth from All Peoples Church for discussion, learning, and service. We are always looking for adults with a passion for mentoring high school youth to walk alongside us as we explore faith and grow in our desire to shape our life in a Christ-like way.

To request more information please follow the link to the contact form below:

Youth Ministry-High School Contact