<p>Pray. Invite. Serve.<br />
Check out the many opportunities to serve at Calvary during the upcoming holiday season!</p>
Pray. Invite. Serve.
Check out the many opportunities to serve at Calvary during the upcoming holiday season!

Pray. Invite. Serve.

Each year at Christmas, we have a unique opportunity.

Our special services, events and activities offer the privilege to share the hope of the Gospel with newcomers to Calvary and neighbors throughout our community.

We're praying for the Lord to use us for His kingdom this season! As you explore our needs below, make a commitment to serve and trust in the Lord to do a marvelous work!

To find our non-seasonal, ongoing ministry opportunities, click here.


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    Luke 14 Banquets
    December 14 & 17
    Looking for gifts, greeters & hosts!

    • Contribute gifts: Make someone's day by preparing a gift just for them!  
    • Greeters:  Say hello to folks coming in!  
    • Table Hosts:  Have dinner with some new friends!  

    Luke 14 Gifts
    Calvary provides a gift for every guest and caregiver who attends our Luke 14 Banquets for the Special Needs community. This year, we need over 800 gifts!

    Please bring a NEW gift ($20 retail value) in a decorative gift bag to the collection racks along the Galleria concourses by Thursday, December 12. Staple a card onto the gift bag noting the intended recipient’s
    AGE & GENDER. Gifts for adults are needed most. No used items, please!

    Get Luke 14 gift suggestions here.

    Event Greeters & Hosts
    Register below or sign up in the Galleria on Sundays to be a greeter, to host a table, or to work with Food Service at a Luke 14 event. Or contact Vince Eaton to volunteer. Greeters and hosts especially needed for Tuesday's luncheon.

    REGISTER to volunteer

    Event Times
    Family Banquet  |  Saturday, December 14, 5:30–8:00 PM
    Group Luncheon  |  Tuesday, December 17, 11:30–1:30 PM

    Pre-Event Volunteer Training: 
    Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 PM, Crown Room
    Tuesday, December 17 at 10:00 AM, Crown Room
    Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com


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    International Christmas Reception
    12/15 after the PM concert
    Serve as a Calvary host

    International Christmas Reception
    Sunday, December 15 

    7:30–9:30 PM, Crown Room

    Help share the love of Christ by inviting international neighbors and friends to our Christmas Concert, "Light of the World" on Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 PM and the International Christmas Reception afterward in the Crown Room.

    Plan to stay for the reception and serve as a Calvary host to welcome and interact with our guests!


    Required Host Training
    Choose one date to attend:
    Sunday, December 1 or 8  |  12:30–2:00 PM, Room 232

    Able to serve as host? Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com


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    Holiday Nursery Volunteers
    One-time & first-time volunteers welcome!

    Would you help welcome our guests and encourage our young Calvary families by caring for children (infants to age 3) during any of our holiday worship services?

    One-time and first-time volunteers are welcome! A background check is required.

    Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the service time.

    Thanksgiving Service
    Tuesday, November 26  |  7:00 PM

    Advent Service & Organ Concert
    Sunday, December 1  |  6:00 PM

    Christmas Concert
    Sunday, December 15  |  9:45 AM or 6:00 PM

    Candlelight Christmas Eve Services
    Tuesday, December 24  |  4:00 & 6:00 PM

    To volunteer, please contact: Jane Jewell, Nursery Coordinator, 704.341.5399, jjewell@calvarychurch.com 

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    Operation Christmas Child
    Drop off your shoebox gift at Calvary!
    National Collection Week Nov 18–25

    Operation Christmas Child
    Share the joy of Christmas and the good news of the Gospel — pack a shoebox gift this year! 

    It's fun and easy! Here's what to do:

    • Pick up an official shoebox in the Galleria or just use a plastic or sturdy cardboard shoebox.
    • Fill the box with gifts for a boy or girl ages 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
    • Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, clothing, and school supplies. Add a photo of yourself and a note to the child who will receive the box!
    • Include the $9 shipping donation for Samaritan's Purse to help send your box on its way.
    • No candy or toothpaste

    Get updated gift recommendations, packing instructions, and details at samaritanspurse.org/occ

    Community Shoebox Drop-off Center
    November 18–25

    Drop-off your shoeboxes at Calvary! Bring your filled and labels shoeboxes to the Galleria or drop them off at the portico near Rea Road (Entrance 3). Our volunteers will gladly receive boxes from neighbors, schools, groups, and businesses in the area and deliver them to the OCC Distribution Center.

    Calvary Night at the OCC Distribution Center
    Tuesday, December 3, 5:45–10:00 PM

    "Calvary Night" at the OCC Distribution Center is an annual serving opportunity for adults and teens age 13+. In the warehouse, we'll sort, inspect, and tape shoeboxes for their journey around the world! Limited space available, so sign up early!


    Did you know that Samaritan's Purse partnered with Calvary to fill and deliver the very first shoeboxes to children in Bosnia 25 years ago? What a privilege to see how the Lord has grown the ministry and used it to share the Gospel with millions of children!  Read the full article on the Samaritan’s Purse website

    Contact: Sharyn Thackston, 704.577.6487, sthackston@carolina.rr.com & Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com 

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    Food Service & Hospitality
    Help serve/prepare at upcoming events

    Have a heart for hospitality? As we approach the busy holiday season, Calvary Food Service is looking for additional table setters, buffet attendants, servers, preparation helpers, and dishwashers to support our many special ministry events.

    Specific needs include:

    • Thanksgiving Service reception (11/26) — Volunteer need is full, thank you!
    • Advent / Tree Lighting — reception (12/1) — Volunteer need is full, thank you!
    • Christmas Tea (12/7 Men) — Volunteer need is full, thank you!
    • Luke 14 Banquet (12/14)
    • International Reception (12/15)
    • Luke 14 Luncheon (12/17)

    Interested and/or ready to sign up? Email foodservice@calvarychurch.com with your selected event(s) and contact information!

    Contact: Calvary Food Service, 704.887.3663, foodservice@calvarychurch.com

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    Ushers & Greeters
    & Parking Volunteers
    Help us welcome our guests!

    Support the Calvary family by welcoming guests with a warm smile this holiday season!

    We need additional ushers and greeters to assist with seating, receive the offering, help with candles, and provide information about Calvary. We also need parking lot attendants to direct traffic before and after services.

    Let us know if you are willing to serve!

    Christmas Concert
    Sunday, December 15  |  9:45 AM & 6:00 PM

    Candlelight Christmas Eve

    Tuesday, December 24  |  4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 PM

    Please plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the service time.

    Ushers: Contact: Malcolm Weeks, 704.607.5765, malcolm.weeks58@gmail.com

    Greeters & Parking Attendants: Contact: Rob Reece, 704.887.3696, rreece@calvarychurch.com


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    Prison Ministry Outreach
    Holiday outreach events start 11/25
    Meal prep slots still open

    Each year our Prison Ministry shares the love of Christ during the holiday season by serving traditional dinners and providing chapel services for inmates in several South Carolina prisons. These special occasions allow us to provide inmates with a festive meal, encouragement, and a Gospel-centered message of hope.

    Volunteers (men and women age 18+) may help to prepare food prior to each event and pack food at Calvary for delivery to the prisons. Pre-approved adults (age 21+) may share testimonies and pray with inmates at the prisons.

    11/13 Update: Onsite teams are full or closed due to background check date requirements. However, meal preparation needs still remain for November 25 and December 3 (see below).

    Orientation Meetings
    Sundays, November 17 & 24
    4:00–5:00 PM | Conference Room A

    (All first-time volunteers are required to attend ONE orientation session)

    Meal preparation dates:
    Monday, November 25, 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    Tuesday, December 3, 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    Friday, December 13, 5:00–9:00 AM — Team is full, thank you!
    Friday, December 20, 8:30 AM–Noon — Team is full, thank you!


    Note: As you register online, you will be able to specify your select date(s) to serve in meal preparation.

    Prison visit dates:
    Monday, November 25, 1:00–10:30 PM — Deadline for background checks has passed..
    Tuesday, December 3, 1:00–10:30 PM — Deadline for background checks has passed.
    Friday, December 13, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM — Team is full, thank you!

    Friday, December 20, 11:00 AM–7:00 PM — Team is full, thank you!

    Interested in signing up or have questions? Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com or Valerie Ahearn at valahearn@hotmail.com

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    Christmas Tea Servers
    Saturday, December 7
    Arrive by 11:00 AM

    Calvary Women's Ministry annual Christmas Tea will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00–3:00 PM in the Crown Room.

    This need has been filled! Thank you for making the Christmas Tea extra special!

    Volunteers arrive at 11:00 AM, and you'll be done by 4:00 PM. A BBQ lunch will be provided! Attire is a white shirt and black slacks.

    Contact Jennifer Sharpless at 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com.

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    Christmas Guest Outreach
    Be a part of the team to follow-up and connect with our guests!

    It's our privilege to welcome many guests and newcomers to Calvary during the holiday season. We want every guest to feel warmly welcomed and have a chance to personally connect. Come be a part of our team to follow-up and connect with our guests!

    Interested? Contact Pastor Rob Reece at 704.887.3696 or rreece@calvarychurch.com.