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We are blessed to be a blessing. We respond by striving to share and receive God’s love through serving others. Our service takes many forms, starting at home and currently extending to places as far away as Kenya. There’s a way for everyone to participate in our outreach programs. What moves you?

In Our Church

We have many ministries and opportunities to serve in our church. 

In Our Community

In Greensboro, our service ranges from delivering meals to the elderly to building Habitat homes to tutoring underprivileged children at a local elementary school.

In the U.S.

Nationally, we send work teams to repair homes in Appalachia and to assist in disaster relief efforts wherever needed.

In the World

Internationally, our global mission work stretches from Mexico to Nicaragua, from Haiti to Kenya, and we send mission teams regularly to serve with our partners in those countries.

 

Support Our Outreach Work

In addition to your prayers, there are other ways you can support our outreach efforts. We raise money for outreach throughout the year—from the mission auction every spring to the ongoing Amani Bead ministry.

Community e-Bulletin Board

In addition to ways to serve in the church and through church sponsored programs, we also share information about other opportunities to help others in our community.

 

Each Advent, we sell a selection of Honor Cards benefiting local, national and international ministries. We also sell Amani bead jewelry, handcrafts, and artwork our mission teams bring back from Haiti, Kenya and other mission trip destinations.

Operated by the Greensboro Urban Ministry, Weaver House provides temporary shelter for homeless single adult men and women. On the first Sunday morning of each month Westminster members prepare and serve breakfast, as well as lead devotional music and prayer. All are welcome to participate and no advanced notice or sign-up is required.

Ushers and Greeters are the faces of Westminster to our guests, visitors, and members.  

  Use the links below to signup to usher and greet at the Friendly Avenue campus.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is a community-based organization dedicated to building affordable housing for low-income families. Both the Greensboro Habitat affiliate and Westminster Presbyterian Church have an established history of partnering with families to build homes.  Visit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

 One Great Day of Service and Fall Kick-Off – Sunday September 24, 2017

One Great Day of Service Mission Statement:

Partnership Village is a Greensboro Urban Ministry transitional housing community for formerly homeless individuals and families. The goal of Partnership Village is to assist the homeless in becoming self-sufficient with permanent housing within two years through case management and supportive services.

The beaming faces of Westminster’s children passing the blue buckets for our quarterly Pennies for Hunger offering are not easily forgotten! Since 1989, Salem Presbytery has distributed nearly $2.2 million to feed the hungry as a result of these Presbytery-wide collections.

Advent at Westminster would not be the same without the opportunity to ring the Salvation Army bells at the Friendly Center Harris Teeter. Individuals or up to four people per shift take turns standing at the kettle ringing the bell, thanking donors and wishing passersby a Merry Christmas. Money raised helps those in our community who are less fortunate.

This year, our church community is collecting boxes of macaroni and cheese that will help stock the GUM food pantry. Next time you go grocery shopping, put an extra box of macaroni and cheese in your grocery cart and deposit it in the collection bins at either campus.

Westminster provides lunch five Saturdays a year for all volunteers building Greensboro Habitat homes.  On our assigned dates, Westminster volunteers are needed to help prepare lunch at the Friendly Avenue campus from 9:30-10:45 am and deliver to the work site from 10:45-noon.  Please watch the bulletin announcements for our upcoming dates.

Founded in 2006 through a generous gift by a church member, Westminster’s Kenya ministry has developed into a rich tapestry of relationships and partnerships. Teams spend time in schools, churches, orphanages and a hospital – all organizations that Westminster supports in various ways. 

The first Wednesday and second Monday of each month Westminster volunteers deliver nutritious noontime meals to homebound senior adults age 60 and over through the Mobile Meals Program. To be eligible, the seniors must be unable to prepare a meal for themselves or have no one available to assist them. The volunteers also check on the well-being of each senior they visit.

Westminster sends teams twice a year to work in the area in and around Jonesville, Va., repairing needy families’ homes to make them warmer, safer and drier. This year, the spring trip will be during Guilford County Schools spring break, and will include an optional day of fellowship cycling the Virginia Creeper trail, followed by two days of s...

We partner with Morehead Elementary School by providing Lunch Buddies for students during the school year. The Lunch Buddy Program pairs a caring adult with a same-gender student who needs a positive role model in his/her life. The one-on-one relationship that develops often makes a profound difference in the child’s life.

Out of the Garden Project is a food assistance program for families primarily in Guilford County.  OOTGP partners with parents, teachers, friends, and organizations to provide food and hope for every child!

In Mexico, Westminster is partnering with Accion Ministries , which serves the Mayan people who live in small villages in the central Yucatan. Mission teams build homes, schools, and churches while living in hosts’ homes and participating in village life. 

Operated by Greensboro Urban Ministry, Pathways provides emergency, temporary shelter for homeless families with children. Every third Thursday Westminster volunteers prepare and serve dinner for the residents at the North Church Street location. Normally we serve 10-15 adults and 15-20 children. This is a great service activity for Westminster families, a team of friends, or a small group.

The Barnabas Network— a ministry that provides new and used furniture and housewares to individuals and families who are moving from homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, establishing lives as refugees, recovering from a crisis such as a fire or flood, or people whose income does not meet their basic needs.

This program provides rides for ambulatory seniors age 55+ to and from non-emergency medical appointments in Guilford County. On the second Thursday and fourth Monday of every month, a dedicated group of Westminster members volunteer for this rewarding ministry.

In the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, we strive to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. We partner with Family Health Ministries, a Durham-based organization that supports Haitian communities in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families. 

Works with the congregation to help each and every person discover their unique and God-given gifts. Helps them discern how to use these gifts for service in our church, the community and in the world.

Peacehaven Community Farm is a sustainable farm with 89 beautiful acres of organic gardens, rolling pastures and lush woodlands that connects people with disabilities to their community. Located in nearby Whitsett, Peacehaven is dedicated to establishing an affordable housing community that provides a permanent home for adults with disabilities in a supportive and family-like environment.

Plans and executes various social, travel and sports-related events throughout the year for all age groups where church members and friends can come together in a Christ-centered community to build new friendships, nurture existing relationships and foster connectedness and belonging within our church family. 

Oversees all aspects of the worship life of the church including weekly Sunday worship services and additional services for Advent, Christmas Eve, Lent, Easter and other occasions. The Committee is responsible for supporting preaching, communion, music, weddings, baptisms, funerals, greeters, ushers, audio-visuals and other related activities.

With the pastors and staff, responsible for oversight and implementation of youth programming including education, spiritual nurture, mission service, fellowship and worship.

Oversees the maintenance of the church’s buildings and grounds.  Responsible for the sanctuary, chapel, offices, classrooms, fellowship hall, kitchens, the four single-family homes owned by the church and the columbarium as well as the lawn and grounds of the church and houses.

Provides oversight for the maintenance of church budget, stewardship, office equipment, technology, insurance, property acquisition, and endowment.

Opportunities are available to work with immigrants and refugees in our community.

A SIMPLE GESTURE-Greensboro, founded by Westminster member Bob Biggerstaff, is a not-for-profit, grass roots food collection program dependent upon Volunteer Donors and Volunteer Drivers.

Listed below are current opportunities within our community to give or serve. To publicize a volunteer opportunity or event benefiting a non-profit on our website, please complete this form.  If accepted for posting, it will appear for up to one month.

Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven, nonprofit, local organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles.  We encourage you to prayerfully consider donating vehicles and volunteering to support the work of Wheels4Hope.

What is UKirk Ministries of Greensboro? Formerly known as Presbyterian Campus Ministries Greensboro, this vital organization focuses on:

After a highly successful initial mission trip to Nicaragua in 2016, this year Westminster will send two teams, serving with our partners HOI and Communidad Connect. Both organizations have long track records of working to improve the lives of people in Central America through economic and community development, and health and education program...

OOTGP Fresh Mobile Markets take place at high need GCS schools and Guilford County food deserts. Each location is served monthly, each FMM serves between 50 - 90 families, and each family receives between 50 – 70 pounds of food.  FMM recipients are referred to OOTGP by school social workers.

How would you describe a situation in which one in four children live in poverty, 60 percent need a free or reduced price school lunch and a third read below grade level?

Looking at this reality last year, the United Way of Greater Greenboro came up with a striking name: “Greensboro’s poverty crisis.”

Community Housing Solutions (CHS)mission is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low-income households. We are working towards the elimination of substandard housing, restoring the dignity and hope to families living in Greensboro neighborhoods.

Westminster partners with Morehead Elementary school by providing volunteers for their Morning Stars reading program for students, first through fifth grade, who are English language learners.  Volunteers listen to ESL students read one (or more) day per week from 7:30 – 8:10 am Monday – Friday.  If you are interested in engaging in this way or would like to learn more, please contact Ann Comfo...

The Winter Emergency shelter at West Market Street United Methodist Church (WMSUMC) is an extension of Greensboro Urban Ministry’s (GUM) Weaver House.  The shelter provides a place to sleep and meals for approximately 15 men during the winter months.  The same guests stay at the shelter each night and GUM staff helps them find employment and housing.

 

As part of our Outreach focus on Children in Poverty, Westminster has partnered with Grimsley High School to provide mentors for their Success 101 program.  For the 2016-17 school year, Westminster has 15 adults serving as mentors for this innovative program.  We would like to expand it for the 2017-18 school year.  Mentors and students are paired based on the mentor’s availability during schoo...

Westminster and the Eastside Park Neighborhood have a long history of partnership including the building of the Eastside Park Community Center through Habitat for Humanity Greensboro.  Westminster currently helps coordinate their afterschool homework program by supplying volunteers Monday through Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm during the school year.

Responsible for all adult education programs, including W.E.L.L. (Westminster Eat, Learn, Live), adult church school classes, long-term Bible studies, small group and discipleship-building programs and other special offerings.  The committee coordinates various small group activities for adults within the church.  The committee also plans and manages the Westminster Adult Library resources.

Works with children and families in the areas of spiritual nurture, faith formation and fellowship through programs throughout the year. Facilitates all programming for children as well as provides nursery care during worship services, church school, church meetings and special events.

Leads our congregation to demonstrate Christian caring and compassion to all persons related to the life of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Subcommittees include: culinary care (meals to those in need); bereavement; note writing ministry, men’s & women’s visitation teams, home communion, health team, and more.