Summer of Service 2018

Service Is Central

Central Presbyterian has been partnering with the downtown community for over 150 years! Service is at the heart of our ministry. We continue to learn about and grow with this changing community while expanding our reach in the city and into the world. During Summer of Service, you have the opportunity to learn about many of our partners and the work that they do. Summer of Service includes service opportunities for all ages and with varying commitments. You are challenged to participate in one or more of the activities we have planned for the summer and to invite a friend to join you! #serviceiscentral #summerofservice2018

Fill in the form below to sign up.
You will be contacted with more details.  Email questions to service@centraldenver.com.

Looking for the Summer of Service Shopping List?
Click HERE

Check the box below the service opportunities you are interested in (required)

Christmas in July decorating: July 25Habitat for Humanity Build: June 9Habitat for Humanity Build: August 11Havana, Cuba Presbytery PartnershipHope in Our City Music Camp: July 16-19La Puente Mission Trip: July 7-11Metro Caring: June 14Metro Caring: July 31New Genesis BBQ: June 20New Genesis BBQ: August 8Rainbow Alley CookiesWomen's Homeless Initiative Meal: June 6Women's Homeless Initiative Meal: August 1

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out when the Summer of Service activities are?

All Summer of Service activities are listed below and in the Summer of Service 2018 PDF Calendar HERE

How do I sign up for Summer of Service activities?

Scroll down the page and fill in the form indicating the activities you are interested in, email service@centraldenver.com, or call the church office at 303.839.5500.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer! Be sure to sign-up for each activity so that you have accurate information.

How old do children have to be to volunteer?

Many of our activities do not have an age minimum. Check the descriptions. Small children may not understand that they are “volunteering” but often their smiles and presence is a gift in and of itself.

Unless otherwise noted, every child/youth will need to have adult supervision with them.

Summer of Service 2018 Service Opportunities

Christmas In July:  This is an opportunity for us all to be proactive in our planning for the holidays. We will have the opportunity to bring items that are often collected during the month of December for Colfax Community Network and New Genesis. Look for the shopping list on the Summer of Service brochure. Volunteers needed to “deck the halls” of our Mission Central on July 25 from 10a-12p. Fun for all ages!

Habitat for Humanity (Carpenter’s Helpers) Build: Worldwide, Habitat completes a home every 7 minutes and is the most energy-efficient home builder in Colorado.  In partnership with other Presbyterian Churches, Central has helped build 19 homes over the last 19 years. Join a build on June 9 or August 11 from 8a-4p.

Havana, Cuba Presbytery Partnership: As Central begins its partnership with the Havana Presbytery in Cuba, 11 individuals will travel to Cuba from June 23 to July 2. If you aren’t able to travel w/ Central there are still opportunities to engage and influence the partnership and share in our experiences. The team will still have monthly meetings where we share our experiences and find ways to engage everyone into this on-going relationship.

Hope In Our City (HIOC) Music Camp: Located in Sun Valley – the poorest neighborhood in Denver – HIOC ministers to refugees who have permanently relocated to Denver to build bridges and nurture cross-cultural friendships. Central will be the leadership for Music Week, July 16-19 from 8a-1p. 10-12 volunteers are needed for the week to lead a lesson or shepherd groups of children. Children ages 3 years-5th grade are welcome to attend the camp. Youth are invited to volunteer with or without their parent. There will be an orientation and planning meeting in early June.

You can also support HIOC by turning in your plastic bags all summer! The plastic will be used to make a TREX bench to be donated to Hope In Our City’s outdoor space. Turn bags in at Central. Click HERE for a list of eligible plastics.

La Puente Mission Trip: On July 7-11, we will embark on an intergenerational partnership with La Puente, an organization serving Colorado’s San Luis Valley homeless and community members in crisis. Activities will include working with PALS (Positive Activities Lead to Success) children’s program for at-risk youth, gardening projects, clean-up activities and educational activities. There will be several different housing options, from individual to group formats. Register by June 8.

Metro Caring: Do you keep hearing about Metro Caring – maybe even donated a few canned goods – but have never visited their facility? Now is your chance! We have two opportunities this summer to tour and do a hands-on activity! On June 14 (6p-7:30) we will package spices and get a tour. This is an all-ages event. On July 31 (5:30p-6:30) we will be taking a tour of the facility and will learn more about the mission of Metro Caring. Can’t make it to the event but still want to help? Bring bulk spices or other donated food items to the church during our regular collections on the first Sunday of June, July, and August.

New Genesis BBQs: Join us for a grill-out with the men from New Genesis shelter. Volunteers will help with set-up, grilling, serving and clean-up. All ages are welcome to participate, and participants are encouraged to eat with the men. Join us on June 20 and August 8 from 5:30p-8p on the front “porch” of the church!

Rainbow Alley (RA) Cookies: RA provides a safe, welcoming drop-in center for LGBT youth.  As a way to support the youth at RA, Central members occasionally deliver homemade cookies for the youth. Organize a cookie baking party for your household and others anytime in the summer and then deliver the cookies to Rainbow Alley. Email us for instructions.

Women’s Homeless Initiative: Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church provides 25 homeless women with a hot meal and a warm, safe place to spend the night. Central will prepare and serve the meal on June 6 and August 1 from 5:30p-7:30p. All ages are welcome to participate.

Neighboring Sunday: On July 29 and August 26 we will head out into the neighborhood around Central for our worship service. What will we notice? Who will we pray for? How might we be better neighbors? We will begin the service in the Lobby Narthex at 10:30a before we head out on a short walk. Discussion, prayer and activities will be available at the church for those who have mobility challenges.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it. Rabbi Tarfon

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