Service

Volunteer and Service Opportunities

St. Paul’s offers many opportunities for you to share your personal gifts and talents. Please contact the church office
(442-5643 or office@stpaulshelena.org) for current contact information for any of the following opportunities:

Altar Guild creates a beautiful, inviting environment for worship.

Adult Ministries offers opportunities to facilitate or teach classes, lead and organize workshops and lead small groups.

Bread Ministry bakes fresh bread for communion on Sunday mornings.
 

Caring Ministries Team cares for those within the congregation.

    • Hospital Visitors: volunteers visit St. Paul’s members and friends who are hospitalized and agree to have visitors.
    • Prayer Chain: volunteers pray individually for people and ideas (such as peace & justice) each week. Prayer requests are obtained from the weekly Presence Form as well as requests phoned or emailed into the church office.
    • Crisis Meals: volunteers prepare meals for folks in crisis such as those coming home from the hospital or who have been away from home attending to a loved one who has been ill.
    • Respite: volunteers assist caregivers (members or regular attendees of St. Paul’s) who need a break. Volunteers are recruited on an as needed basis from the congregation.
    • Rides: volunteers recruit drivers for those wishing to attend worship services but don’t have access to transportation.
Chancel Choir sings on Sunday mornings and for other special events. They practice at 9:30 AM Sundays in room 105 of the church building.
 
Children’s Ministries offers opportunities to teach a class; help with Vacation Bible School; help in the nursery or provide child care for an event; help with Craft Sunday, Pretzel Sunday, or Super Sundae; help with Lent or Advent Children’s choir; help with Godly Play or Mystery Moments.
 

Finance Committee consists of the treasurer, financial secretary, pastor, administrator, and some chairpersons or representatives of elected committees.  This team monitors income and budget. 

History Room is looking for a team to help preserve our archives.
 
Hospitality Team puts ‘grounded in hospitality’ into action:
  • Fellowship Hosts provide hospitality by preparing our Fellowship time. They make coffee, set out treats and provide warm inclusive hospitality.
  • Fellowship Treat Bringers provide cookies, bars, breads, fruit, crackers, and cheese for our Sunday morning Fellowship. 
  • Fellowship Treat Caller is responsible for calling people to request donations of treats for Fellowship. 
 
  •  Greeters extend a warm welcome on Sunday mornings to newcomers, members and friends of St. Paul’s.
  • Worship Coordinators are responsible for helping worship run smoothly on Sundays and occasionally for special services.
Landscape Team provides opportunity for anyone with a green thumb, anyone wanting to develop a green thumb, or anyone who just likes to dig in the dirt a chance to hone their skills on the building and maintenance of the beautiful St. Paul’s gardens.
 
Library Team is responsible for caring for our church library including cataloging books, shelving, inventory, writing reviews and promoting library use.
 
Memorial Recognition Team is responsible for prompt letters of gratitude to people who give memorial gifts.
 
Mission Team identifies and selects mission projects in our area and around the world. Below is a partial list of projects:
Local:
  • Collecting diapers for Good Samaritan and dollars for bus tokens for the Health Department
  • Support for the Cruz Overlook Community Garden behind Susanna’s Place.
  • Collecting food and/ or financial donations for Food Share.
  • Collecting Christmas gifts for low income children at the Helena Indian Alliance, the Health Department and other agencies with a Giving Tree project.
  • Hosting Family Promise which is a ministry to help those who are homeless secure work and a home.
  • Working with God’s Love and at times collecting items such as socks or toiletries for the homeless. 
  • Challenging Helena to look at issues of poverty and injustice, and then attempt to change the systems that cause them.
Outside Helena:
  • The Fair Trade Market in November which offers the opportunity to support Fair Trade ventures and other international aid programs by selling their products.
  • Monthly Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate sales. Part of the sales goes to Helena Food Share and part towards mission trips. 
  • Mission Trips. Some past trips have been: Hurricane Katrina reconstruction work in New Orleans; medical mission teams to Mozambique and Brazil; and construction trips to Haiti.
Music Ministry wants you to share your musical gifts. In Music Ministry you can provide special music, sing in a choir or play in a band.
  • Chancel Choir sings on Sunday mornings and for other special events. They practice at 9:30 AM Sundays in room 105 of the church building.
  • Sunrise Players is a band that plays the third Sunday of the month at the 8:30 AM service.
  • Sunrise Singers sing once a month at the 8:30 AM service with practice at 9:30 AM Sundays in the Sanctuary.
Operations Team is for those who prefer ‘behind the scenes’ work. You can help with lawn mowing, snow shoveling, cleaning, moving furniture, painting, or kitchen cleaning. Or you can write thank you letters, prepare mailings, or make small repairs.
 

Pencil People help us keep our pew pencils sharp and available.

Stewardship Team  is a group who promotes and educates the congregation about responsible financial stewardship and leads the yearly Stewardship Campaign.
 
Sound Team is responsible for the audio visual needs during worship and other events at St. Paul’s.
 
 
United Methodist Men’s focus is fundraising events which support the infrastructure of our church building or mission projects they select.
 

United Methodist Women support many mission projects throughout the world through their pledges and are in service in many ways to each other and our congregation. There are currently five active Fellowships which are led by the UMW Mission Team. Some of their fundraising and outreach projects include:

  • Collecting gently used clothes for the clothing store in Browning and developing a relationship with the pastor and congregations of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parrish.
  • Collecting items for UMCOR Health Kits
  • Collecting School supplies for the Helena Stuff the Bus program 
  • The Harvest Bazaar and Dinner
  • The Fall Art Walk and Dinner

 

Wednesday Night Dinners (mid-Sept. – Apr.) Host a dinner, help coordinate, cook or serve a dinner or join the WND team. Dinners are a great way to raise money for your favorite mission project. Dinner hosts have fun and dinner guests get a great meal and a chance to build friendships.
 
Youth Ministries allows lively opportunities to work with St. Paul’s youth. Help with discussion; provide treats; drive for an activity; help with a ‘lock-in’; chaperone a youth event; join the Youth Advisory Council; help with Confirmation; chaperon, help plan the summer mission trip plus many other opportunities too great to list.