“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25: 37-40.
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House supports active ministries that seek to carry out God's work in this world. Those ministries provide a welcoming place of worship for members and visitors, enrich the spiritual life of our community of faith, serve those in need in Alexandria and beyond, and promote and advocate for social justice. OPMH encourages all members and friends to find a way to serve both within the Meeting House and to serve those in the wider community. And while the church is blessed with many dedicated volunteers, the need for volunteers usually exceeds the supply.
For a large church such as ours, it also can be a challenge---especially for newer members---to learn about and connect with the many volunteer opportunities that are available. OPMH volunteer coordinator, Sandy Davis, is available to help you make those connections. Sandy and his wife Anna are long-time OPMH members. Sandy works with OPMH pastors, staff, ministry moderators, deacons, and other volunteer leaders to help identify and coordinate the full range of volunteer opportunities at the Meeting House---with the goal being to help you find the best match for your time, talent, and interests.
To help you get started, here is a list of current volunteer opportunities that need folks right now. Volunteer opportunities at the Meeting House generally fall under the umbrella of one of the seven OPMH ministries --- Service and Justice; Worship; Education; Membership and Evangelism; Administration; Stewardship and Finance; and Facilities. To learn more about each ministry and the broader range of volunteer opportunities they oversee, visit the ministries page here. If you are interested in learning about any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, or just want to discuss how to find the right volunteer opportunity for your time and talent, please contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also encouraged to fill out a Time and Talent survey to let us know the ministries or activities in which you have an interest. Feel free to get in touch directly with the Ministry moderators or the OPMH members listed for a specific activity. We're all in this together!
Check back often as this list will be regularly updated for new opportunities or changes to the current ones. And remember, the list below is not comprehensive of all volunteer programs at the Meeting house, just those with an immediate or upcoming need for volunteers. There are many other volunteer opportunities and needs at OPMH that you may find interesting and fulfilling, and where you could make a real difference. Any questions about any of this, please don't hesitate to contact Sandy!
Education (Moderator, Linda Lanam)
- Children's Sunday School teachers (3-years old through 5th grade)
- Bridges to Worship Doorkeepers
- Education Building Greeter
- Help with youth ministry (youth advisors and chaperones for overnight retreats, lock-ins)
- Vacation Bible School Directors and Volunteers
- Adult Education Leaders
- Adult Education Committee Members
Service and Justice (Moderator, Jennifer Tolbert):
Rural Mission, St. John's Island, SC -- Meeting House members go to John's Island, SC in the summer to work with an organization called Rural Mission (www.ruralmission.org). We help repair homes of individuals and families in the community and do a little touring around Charleston. Construction skills are not needed. Just a positive attitude and a willingness to help out! The trip is open to adult and youth members of OPMH, but youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent per Rural Mission rules. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve God and our friends in South Carolina! Robin Muthig heads up this mission event. Request more information.
- Carpenter's Shelter Meals (930 N. Henry Street, Alexandria) --- Prepare and serve meals regularly or occasionally to homeless children and adults on the 4th Sunday of every month. Atilla Kocsis leads this effort. Request more information.
- Christ House Dinners (131 West Street, Alexandria) --- Prepare and serve meals six times a year on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October, December. We’re looking for folks who can volunteer occasionally. Gerry Cooper leads this effort. Request more information.
- Concerts with a Cause --- Help organize and host receptions for the four Concerts with a Cause held during the year. The Concerts raise awareness of and money for important Meeting House programs and community partners. Larry Williams organizes these events. Request more information.
- Friends of Guest House --- Serve as a (female) mentor, or provide other support, to female ex-offenders once a week or as available. Ann Timmons heads up this effort. Request more information. Current opportunities as follows:
- Mentor: 1hr/week plus monthly meeting
- Tutor: 1 hr/week depending on need for women studying for the GED
- Clothing sorter/distributor: can be one time a week or less, up to the volunteer, no set minimum or maximum! - this is a high need position!!
- Life Skills teacher (Total Woman): 1hr group session every 9-12 weeks.
- Drivers/transportation/other support: volunteers needed to drive residents to events or outings, help with special events, or they can bring their passion to the house (it could be cooking, gardening, playing an instrument, let us know your ideas!)
- Exercise instructor: Guest House is specifically looking for a dance instructor, but is open to other ideas as well! This could be once a month or less.
Worship (Moderator, Debra McKeown)
- Ushers for Sunday worship (both 8:30 and 11 services)
- Ushers for funerals/memorial services (folks who will become familiar with ushering practices at Sunday worship and also might be available on a weekday for a funeral or memorial service)
- Lay Readers - Lay readers are needed to share scripture reading from the pulpit during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services on a rotating basis about once a quarter.
- Sound System - You can make it possible for the congregation to hear and see our worship services by learning how to operate the sound and recording system. Assist with running the sanctuary system during worship on an occasional or rotating basis. Retirees and persons whose weekday schedules are flexible could assist with sound operations for special occasions, such as a memorial service or a concert. We also welcome interested persons to become familiar with the simple sound system in Heritage and Fellowship Halls.
- Sanctuary guild - polish silver, restock pews, tidy pew materials.
- Wedding coordinator - join a rotating team chaired by someone else. Liaison with bride/groom on all sanctuary use details, scheduling and so on.
- Seasonal sanctuary decorations - need helpers to assist the coordinator.