Time & Talent

Time & Talent

Be a part of the Calvary community. Our mission for volunteering is to be God’s hands and feet to each other and Memphis.

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Worship & Music

Acolyte means “one who serves.” The acolytes are instrumental in helping the services run smoothly. Youth (grades 7-12) serve about once every three weeks. Adults serve every 5th Sunday. Participants arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled service. Training sessions are held before or after a service. Contact: Catie Thacker

Altar Guild
The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary to conduct a worship service at Calvary with order and beauty. This quiet, behind-the-scenes work is a true gift to the entire congregation. The Altar Guild at Calvary is divided into teams that rotate each week with each team serving every 4th week. Preparation for a Sunday service takes about 30 minutes before the service and another 30 minutes to clean up after the service. There also are opportunities to serve for special services, including mid-week services, funerals, and weddings. Contact: Rhoda Smith

Music at Calvary

St. Cecilia Choir – SrK – 2nd grade
A formative choral experience, the choir rehearses Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. and sings at the 10:00 a.m. service approximately three times a semester. Contact: Melissa Elsholz.

Boys and Girls Choir – 3rd grade and up, unchanged voices
Using the “Voice for Life” curriculum established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), the Boys and Girls Choir experience is formative in many ways – musically, liturgically, and spiritually. They sing with the Calvary Choir every other Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service, and rehearse Wednesday nights, 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Contact: Kristin Lensch

Calvary Choir
Calvary Choir is a choral experience for teens and adults who enjoy working hard and are committed to leading the liturgies. Singing a wide variety of repertoire that spans the centuries, a 17th-century Latin motet can be heard in the same service with a traditional Spiritual. Calvary Choir sings for the weekly 10 a.m. service, as well as special feast days and concerts, and rehearses Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Time involved: 4 hours, weekly. Contact: Kristin Lensch

Calvary Ringers
Calvary’s bell choir always welcomes new members. The ability to read music is not required. In addition to a four-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells, the choir occasionally uses hand chimes. Time involved: weekly Wednesday rehearsal, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Sundays as scheduled. Contact: Brad Kroeker

Friends of Music
This ministry plans and sponsors special music events and receptions that are supported by donors and open to the larger Memphis community. Contact: Desi Franklin

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) assist with the Eucharist on Sunday, at special Christmas and Holy Week services, and, occasionally, at weddings and funerals. On average, eight EMs are needed for every 10 a.m. worship service. It is a unique ministry, being involved with the congregation in a very personal way. New Eucharistic Ministers are required to attend a training which lasts approximately 90 minutes. Most EMs are scheduled for two Sunday services every six weeks. Contact: Nancy Harvey

Flower Guild
Flower Guild members arrange flowers each week on the altar and adorn the church for major feast days such as Christmas Day and Easter Day. Members are assigned every other month to arrange on either Friday or Saturday. New participants work with another team member until confident enough to work independently. Contact: Eric Milner

Greeter Ministry
Hospitality is the hallmark of our church. The Greeter Ministry at Calvary is a group of members who are willing to go beyond a friendly greeting on a Sunday morning. They regularly make themselves available to meet and talk with visitors after church services on Sundays. This ministry is a fantastic way to spread God’s love to anyone looking to be a part of Calvary! Time: Once every 4-6 weeks in rotation on Sunday mornings directly after the service. Contact: Ebet Peeples

Lectors help lead worship by reading the appointed lessons for the day or leading the congregation in the prayers of the people (Intercessor). This ministry offers an opportunity to understand better the liturgy and tradition of the Church and often leads to greater knowledge of the scriptures. Training is required, and lectors typically serve once every 10 weeks. Contact: Kendra Martin

Ushers are the first impression that parishioners and visitors have of Calvary. By their positive and uplifting greeting, they establish a joyous spiritual atmosphere for those entering the nave for worship. Specific duties include: collecting, counting, and recording the offering; counting attendance; cleaning-up pews after services; and ringing the tower bell. This ministry requires about 1 ¾ hours for the 10 a.m. worship service once every six weeks and one hour for the 8 a.m. worship service once every three weeks. Contact: Laurence B. Ritter

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Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop Volunteers

See Volunteer Opportunities for Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop.

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Pastoral Care

Daughters of the King
The JOY Chapter of Daughters of the King is part of a worldwide prayer order for women that was established in 1885. Our members complete a three-month discernment period which includes meeting with other members to review and discuss the Study Guide developed by the national office and creating a personal Rule of Life consisting of prayer and service. In addition, each daughter daily wears the silver cross of the Order. Each day, members pray confidentially for those in need of being lifted up for a wide variety of reasons from illness, personally or of friends and family, to joyous events such as births or weddings, to the loss of a loved one. The JOY Chapter meets monthly on the second Wednesday or the second Tuesday, alternately, at 5.30 p.m. To find out more about how to begin your discernment for membership in the Order of the Daughters of the King, contact Debbie Balling.

Pastoral Care Teams
The Pastoral Care Teams offer a ministry of prayer and care for Calvary parishioners and their families. Five teams, each led by a team captain, provide care on a rotating basis (every 5th week) and work in close collaboration with Martin Jellinek, Pastoral Care Coordinator, and Eyleen Farmer, Associate Rector. Care may include sending cards, making phone calls, delivering flowers, providing a meal, making visits, or other kinds of support as appropriate. Care Team Members attend a one-hour meeting every 5th week and spend 1-3 hours on their assignments. Total hours per month: 2-4 (includes team meeting). Care Team Leaders attend a one-hour meeting every 5th week and spend 3-4 hours organizing their team. Total hours per month: 4-5 (includes team meeting) Contact: Martin Jellinek or Len Grice

Eucharistic Visitors
Eucharistic visitors are trained and licensed to share the bread and wine of the Eucharist with those who cannot leave their homes or hospital rooms. EVs function as part of Calvary’s Care Teams and provide this ministry of care and prayer on an as-needed basis. Contact: Neil Raman

Funeral Guild
This guild supports families following a death by helping to coordinate funeral services and receptions. Contact: Laurie Monypenny

Wedding Guild
The Wedding Guild assists couples who are planning to marry by acting as the church’s representative. They attend rehearsals and weddings to help as needed. Contact: Madge Deacon

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Office Ministries

Front Desk Volunteer
Calvary relies on parishioner volunteers to greet our guests and answer incoming calls every Monday and Friday and various other days throughout the year. Volunteer during church office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and choose to work half-day or full-day shifts. Contact: Katie Owen

In the Communications Office
Communications at Calvary has many facets and is always looking for new volunteers! Whether you are a writer, photographer, or love to put together a bulletin board, Robyn Banks would love your help! Time commitments vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours per week. Contact: Robyn Banks

In the Finance Office
There are many volunteer opportunities in Calvary’s finance office. From taking money at events to verifying deposit amounts, there is something for whatever time you have available to give. Time commitments vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Contact: Cindy Yeager

In the Kitchen
Calvary’s kitchen ministries are an important piece of our life together. Parish Chef Mary O’Brien would love help on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to roll silverware and put flowers in vases on the tables. She also needs help serving on Wednesday evenings, and volunteers to help cashier and serve Sunday mornings for Parish Breakfasts from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Contact: Mary O’Brien

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Calvary Reaching Out

Calvary Blood Drive
Parishioners can donate blood for our city’s needs during a community blood drive held two times yearly when Life Blood comes to Calvary. Contact: Karla Philipp

Community Breakfast
Volunteers serve 200 homeless and poor neighbors who eat and pray with us here at Calvary each Sunday morning. We scramble eggs, make homemade biscuits, prepare bacon and cheese grits, serve our neighbors, wash dishes, make coffee, and more. We volunteer to ensure our neighbors feel welcome. Contact: David Balling or Mary Nease

Community Breakfast Prep
Our volunteers prepare for Sunday’s Community Breakfast by cracking eggs, placing bacon in pans, etc. on Saturdays. In this ministry individuals as well as entire families participate to ensure breakfast will be ready Sunday mornings. Contact: Greg Smith-Landwehr

Calvary Clothes Closet
Volunteers provide our homeless neighbors with an opportunity to select much-needed clothes, blankets, and toiletries. Some volunteers collect clothes from friends and neighbors, publicize the need for clothes, and help guests with their selections Sunday mornings from 7-8 a.m. Contact: Debbie Balling

Emmanuel Center
The Emmanuel Center seeks to break the cycle of poverty through education and strengthening young minds, bodies and spirits within a context of Christian witness. Volunteers tutor, collect school supplies, or mentor. Contact: Christine Todd

Emmanuel Meal
The Emmanuel Meal is a Christmas luncheon at Calvary for 300 of our homeless and poor neighbors on the Monday before Christmas. Volunteers decorate the Mural Room, prepare food, serve, host, hand out gifts, bake cornbread in their homes for the dressing, coordinate flu shots, and entertain our guests. As this meal is funded entirely by the sale of turkeys, volunteers man a table Sunday mornings at Calvary during November and December to support the event. Contact: Jenny Madden and Jerry Bradfield

Thistle & Bee, Inc.
Thistle & Bee:  Visit Thistle & Bee at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The market’s spring hours are 8  - 1. You can purchase T&B’s herbal rubs and tea, lemonade, their amazing granola, and other products. Products are made by women who have survived sex trafficking and prostitution, working with Thistle & Bee to change their lives. Sales revenue and donations are used to pay the women a living wage, making a true difference in their personal journeys. Learn more by “liking” our Facebook page (Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc.), and at www.thistleandbee.org.  Contact: Madge Deacon

Grizzlies Prep
Grizzlies Prep is a Title I charter school providing education to young men in grades 6-8. In addition, they prepare all students to excel academically while also demonstrating integrity through everyday life. Volunteers serve as Lunch Buddies, eating a 30-minute lunch weekly with a student. This mentoring relationship has proven to be a valuable asset not only for the student but also for the volunteer. Contact: Christine Todd

The Hospitality HUB + Work Local
Volunteer opportunities at The HUB include intake counselor and back-office support specialist. The intake counselor is supported and trained to interview new visitors/clients to collect personal data, discuss the current situation, and recommend a short-term plan to improve the individual’s situation. The time commitment for counselors is 3.5 hours, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, once a week. The back-office support specialist assists the HUB staff with computer records, financial data, reports, filing, and communication. They may also support HUB’s development efforts with communication and promotional work. Contact: Will Haley

Lives Worth Saving
This ministry works with our police department and our District Attorney to respond to trafficking and prostitution in our city by offering women a safe path to a new life. Trained volunteers welcome, serve, host, and eat lunch with attendees. Contact: Madge Deacon

Memphis Teacher Residency
This ministry provides students in partner low-income Memphis neighborhoods with the same, or better, quality of education as is available to any student in Memphis by recruiting, training, and supporting effective teachers within a Christian context. Volunteers adopt-a-teacher by inviting them to lunch or providing them with moral support during their work on a Master’s degree in Urban Education. Contact: Christine Todd

MIFA (Memphis InterFaith Association)
This ministry supports the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals through Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. www.mifa.org  Contact: Christine Todd

Red Kettle Bell Ringing
This ministry helps to enable the Christmas campaign of The Salvation Army in providing food, toys and clothing to 6 million people during the Christmas season and in helping more than 34 million Americans recovering from personal disasters nationwide. Ring a bell at a local grocery store. Contact: Madge Deacon

Room in the Inn
This program is dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness by providing emergency shelter and meals here at Calvary on Sunday nights during the coldest months of the year—November through March—sharing the love of God through hospitality. Volunteers prepare meals, host neighbors, and assist with logistics. Learn more. Contact: Betty Jo Dulaney

Soup Sunday
This ministry provides nutritious soup from scratch once a month to parishioners to help fund Calvary’s hunger initiatives. Volunteers chop vegetables, fill containers, and sell delicious soup monthly. Contact: David Balling

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Calvary Reaching In

Affinity Groups
Connect with others in a more personal setting than only on Sunday mornings. Current groups include dinner groups, Bible studies, book studies, young adults, art groups, fitness groups, child play groups, prayer groups, grief groups, and more. Join one or start a new one.

20 to mid-30s: Jessica Simmons

Mid-30s to 50: Sarah Squire

Contemplative Prayer: Susan Waits 

Knitting for Beginners: Betty Anderson

Parents of 1-3-year-olds: Melissa Gwin

Parents of 4-7-year-olds: Nina Sublette

Senior Strengthening Exercise: Lisa Buckner

Bible Study
There are numerous Bible studies at Calvary. There are opportunities tailored to your stage of life. Contact: Paul McLain

Calvary Book Study
The Calvary Book Study group is open to all. It meets in parishioner’s homes on a monthly basis. Contact: Molly Polatty

Calvary Cancer Club
Receive support from or provide support to those touched by cancer as a patient, survivor, or caretaker.  Contact: Alice Shands

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