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WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Below are various ways to serve

our church and community.

Acolytes are youth third grade or older who assist in worship.  Each week one brings in the light of Christ and another carries in the Bible to demonstrate that it is the book of the people.  Acolytes receive the offering from the ushers and assist with baptisms.  The Acolyte Insider, an emailed newsletter, teaches them about elements of worship.

Children's Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

Nursery - 5th Grade
  • Ministry Opportunities

Our Mission Committee and individual members of the congregation, as “team” volunteers, support this important agency which addresses the recidivism issues facing those released from prison and re-entering society. Join others from Ladue Chapel as a member of a 4-5 person team providing support to a formerly incarcerated individual for one year. Interested? Contact Candace O’ConnorClick here to learn more about Concordance Academy.

Flowers for the sanctuary on Sunday mornings are donated by members, and may be given in memory or in honor of loved ones or to the glory of God.  To donate contact Emily Holman.

Funeral Hostesses/Hosts assist with funerals and memorial services in the church, acting as greeters and ushers.

Greeters are members of our Hospitality Team and are assigned Sundays to welcome all those who come to worship, and to offer assistance and directions to worshipers as may be needed.  It’s a great way to serve and to meet people! Please call Mary Carr at 314-485-1385 for more information.

Habitat For Humanity St. Louis

The Ladue Chapel congregation has helped finance and build numerous homes for struggling families. Reaching out to help those in need is a wonderful tradition in our church and this ministry with Habitat for Humanity is a hands-on example of that commitment. It is an opportunity for us to make a difference in the life of a family, a neighborhood and a community.
Habitat for Humanity provides equipment and construction professionals are on hand to guide us. This is an activity for all ages; we have had people as old as 75 and as young as 8 work on this project in past years. It’s a wonderful family activity! We need at least 6 workers each Saturday.
Jesus’ words to his followers, Truly, I say to you, as you did unto one of the least of these my brethren, you did unto me, (Matt. 25:40 RSV), are as meaningful to us today as they were two thousand years ago. We can make a difference.
If you want to help, email Scott Mullis or call him at 314-596-7056 and he will send you the information you need to register.

Habitat Build Days 2019:

  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 2019 with 6 volunteers
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, 2019 with 6 volunteers
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2019 with 6 volunteers

Details:

Our group will be working at the La Saison build site. Please use the following address for GPS systems: 1200 South 13th St., St. Louis, MO 63104.  A map of the site is at: https://goo.gl/maps/MDcfbxMssreo3Ecd6. This build site is on the corner of South 13th and Hickory St. Please park on surrounding streets where you can find a spot and proceed to the build site. Please note that street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is extremely limited, so please pay attention to the parking signs to ensure that you’re parked legally.
 
All volunteers MUST register by 5:00 pm FOUR DAYS BEFORE YOUR BUILD DAY.  Volunteers may go directly to your individualized group page at https://bit.ly/2Nf5GDM to register for their spot on your team.  The Build Day Volunteer Packet includes: 2019 Volunteer Brochure, Top 10 Safety Tips and Community Service Guidelines
Important Notes for All Volunteers:
  • This is a FULL-DAY volunteer commitment.  Volunteers need to arrive by 7:45am and can expect to stay until 3:30pm.  Volunteers who arrive after the morning meeting starts at 8am will NOT be permitted to stay.
  • Bring your lunch (and snacks if you need them!). Your employer will be providing lunch for you or instructing you on how lunch will be provided. Leaving the site to get lunch is not permitted. Please feel free to provide your own snacks.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle.  Habitat Saint Louis provides water at all our build sites, however we do not provide individual cups or bottles.
  • Come dressed to work! Closed–toe and closed-heel shoes are required.  Wear clothing, and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty in. Sunscreen and a hat are advised, as well as dressing in layers.  If you have safety glasses or work gloves that fit you well, you are welcome to bring them, otherwise we will have everything else you need to get the job done.
  • Volunteers MUST be over 16 years of age.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  While registering online, 16 and 17 year olds will be directed to print a waiver, have it signed by a parent and/or legal guardian, and bring it to their build day.  Not all build days are appropriate for youth, so please check in with Joe at [email protected] if you have youth volunteers and didn’t notify staff when you registered your group, so we can confirm that we have tasks available they can do.
  • Do you need an official record of your volunteer time? The community service hours brochure for the steps necessary to get a validation letter from Habitat Saint Louis is available.  (This program applies to court-ordered community service, corporate giving matches, high school graduation requirements, professional licensing/development requirements, etc.)

Help Us Feed the Hungry
Ladue Chapel’s first food packing event was very successful with 10,584 meals packed in less than three hours! Pretty good work for a first effort. We made macaroni and cheese, and these meals were made completely nutritious with the addition of soy protein and vitamins. Over 100 volunteers of all ages pitched in – even the ‘little’ kids did their share by coloring the packing boxes!
Our efforts supported the local agencies our Ladue Chapel Food Bank serves, including Isaiah 58, Chapel for the Exceptional and Hosea House. We plan to make this an ongoing mission and host several events during the year.

For many years, dedicated volunteer drivers from Ladue Chapel rose early three mornings each week to pick up fresh food from three supermarkets and delivered it to the “White House” in the northwest corner of Ladue Chapel’s parking lot to be sorted and repackaged by other volunteers for pick up by food pantries from the city. Typically, over 275,000 pounds of food were distributed each year! Sadly, that operation was closed down earlier this year due to changes in operating procedures of the supermarkets.
However, from the ashes of that operation, a new mission opportunity for Ladue Chapel members has arisen. One of the food pantries that has picked up from us for years is Isaiah 58 Ministries which operates in the lower level of a church on South Grand in the city. Its employees now gather fresh food directly from supermarkets and a Whole Foods store and brings it to “headquarters.” There it is distributed to typically 60-75 residents in the South Grand neighborhood each Monday and Friday morning. A dedicated group of Ladue Chapel members who formerly worked the “old” food bank now work at Isaiah 58 Ministries on the second and fourth Friday each month to distribute the food to those in need. It is extremely rewarding work. No special skills are required; the work is not physically taxing. The team gathers at Ladue Chapel at 8:30 to carpool and is typically home by noon. Four to eight volunteers work each time; the quarterly schedule is set in advance. One need not work each shift; vacations and seasonal relocations can be worked around.
For more information, call Jim Lippert or Steve Nystrom. Try it; you will be glad you did.

Lectors are lay persons who make a three-year commitment to serve as readers of scripture in Sunday worship.  Lectors meet with the Pastor on the second Wednesday of each month to study the readings and rehearse.  Lectors love this ministry!

Lectionary Guide for Lectors

Mission Intern Program

Click here to apply.

Click here to download the full job description.

For upcoming high school seniors or college student age members of Ladue Chapel, we offer an opportunity to serve as a summer Mission Intern. These internships, funded by the Mission Committee, offer employment during the summer of 2019 to participate in local Christian mission work, to grow spiritually, and to experience and learn about the mission of the church of Jesus Christ.
Mission Interns will work in the various mission projects to which Ladue Chapel is committed and will meet on select Sundays for reflection, sharing, and fellowship. A partial list of mission opportunities may include work at Mission Intern Retreat, Cornerstone Center, Food Outreach, L.E.A.D. Promising Youth, Ladue Chapel’s Urban Plunge and Vacation Bible School.

The St. Patrick Casserole Program
Every month, each member in this program provides a casserole for the St. Patrick Center. The Center is an important resource for residents of public housing, the aged and the homeless in near north St. Louis City. We appreciate our dedicated group of casserole makers! If you have any questions, email Lucie Staack.

2019 Casserole Due Dates: January 29, March 29, April 29, May 29, July 29, August 29, September 30, October 29, November 29, December 30

Click here for the St. Patrick’s Casserole Recipe.

Coffee Fellowship follows each Sunday worship service and is held in the Gathering Place, a large open room which stands at the crossroads of all the various wings of our building complex. Members are invited to donate cookies for Coffee Fellowship by scheduling with the Church Office.  Donors may click here for the Cookie Schedule 2019-2020 and Volunteer Instructions.

Ushers serve in teams, are also members of our Hospitality Team, and assist in the conduct of worship on Sunday mornings, handing out worship bulletins, helping worshippers find a place to sit, taking up the offering, as well as providing an atmosphere of hospitality and order so that all who attend feel welcome and comfortable.  The commitment is indefinite and each team is assigned about one Sunday out of six.

Click here for the Ushers Schedule July-December 2019

Wedding Hostesses/Hosts assist the pastors and bridal parties with wedding ceremonies and rehearsals.

Youth Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

3rd-12th Grade
  • Ministry Opportunities

For more information about how you may participate at Ladue Chapel please contact Emily Holman, Administrative Assistant.