First Serve is back! What is it? It’s one of the best ways we have of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
On Saturday, May 2 (the first Saturday of May! Get it?) at 9 a.m., we gather together
at Good Shepherd on Moss Road to select from a variety of serving sites throughout the Charlotte community. You can serve lunch at the Rescue Mission, help with resume prep at Dove’s Nest, mentor children at the Children’s Attention Home, and much, much more. Most serving options will conclude by 12 p.m.
Serving Opportunities Include:
Charlotte Rescue Mission
Rebound Ambassador, Luann Foster
This is a good fit for all ages. Approximately 20 volunteers needed.
We will prepare and serve lunch for 150 men enrolled in the Charlotte Rescue Mission recovery program. The centerpiece of this ministry is the time of visiting that comes after lunch is served. This is the time when the volunteers from Good Shepherd pick up a lunch plate, sit down at a table, and join the conversation. Please bring a dessert to share.
Samaritan’s Feet Warehouse
This is a good fit for ages 13 and up. Approximately 25 volunteers needed.
Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through Shoes of Hope distributions around the world. 300 million people wake up each morning without a pair of shoes to protect their feet from injury and disease. We will help sort and stuff shoeboxes by size at the Samaritan’s Feet warehouse.
Nursing Home Ministry
This is a good fit for all ages. Approximately 20 people needed, including children.
Do you have a heart for seniors? Please consider serving at the Nursing Home. We start by arranging and delivering fresh flowers to each of the residents. Then, Bingo starts at 10:30! Bingo helpers are needed at each table to repeat the last number called, help residents read their cards, and to shout “Bingo!” New volunteers can buddy-up with experienced volunteers for an introduction to the facility and our ministry.
Children’s Attention Home
This is a good fit for middle schoolers and above. Approximately 15 volunteers needed.
The Children’s Attention Home is a non-profit, 24-hour, emergency shelter and long term facility for children who have been removed from their homes for abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. We will plant flowers and make bird feeders with children ages 5-10.
Stop Hunger Now
This is a good fit for ages 6 and up. Approximately 60 volunteers needed.
Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. We will prepare 15,000 meals.
This is a good fit for ages 10 and above. Approximately 25 volunteers needed.
Twin Lakes is a mobile home community located a few miles past the SC line in Ft. Mill.
We host a weekly afterschool program at a trailer we have rented inside Twin Lakes.
We are hosting a Cleanup day where we are encouraging residents of Twin Lakes throw away any unwanted items. We have rented two large dumpsters. Teams will help residents put unwanted items in dumpster and interact with community.
Open Arms – Option A
This is a good fit for ages 18 and up. Approximately 6-10 volunteers needed.
We will be moving and helping a family get settled into their new home! We will need 2-3 strong volunteers to help with moving the furniture while volunteers work on stocking the kitchen and getting the bedrooms ready for the new family.
Open Arms – Option B – Resume and Interview Building at Dove’s Nest
This is a good fit for 25 and up. Approximately 6 volunteers needed.
Come out and experience a fulfilling day as we work with residents at Dove’s Nest to build job resumes and practice interview skills. The resumes are the residents next step toward employment and independence.
Dove’s Nest does require a background check in order to work with residents. Good Shepherd will reimburse you for the cost of the background check. Please contact Ron Dozier firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Dove’s Nest resume building ministry, please contact Ambassador Jeanneane Smith at 704 321-0722
To pre-register for any of the First Serve sites, go to www.gsumc.org/firstserve