The First Congregational Church of Greenwich firmly believes in Christian commitment through outreach. The following hands-on opportunities exist for you to get involved.
Please call the church office at 203-637-1791 for more information on individual programs:
- Church School Volunteers
- Serve on a Committee
- Women’s Fellowship
- The Rummage Room
- Visiting Committee (for caregivers)
- Soup Kitchen
- Friends Helping Friends
- Christmas Tree Sale
- H.O.M.E. Coop
- Kettle Quilters
- Church Office Volunteers
- Silver Lake Conference Center Camp Counselors
- Pilgrim Towers Volunteers
Church School Volunteers
We encourage all generations of our congregation to be actively involved in the Christian Education of our children, and we suggest that parents teach for two years for each child they have in Church School. Our high school students are also asked to help teach and assist as needed.
Our Church School Task Force develops curriculum and coordinates special events in our children’s church life beyond the classroom. Call Rosemary Lamie through the church office at 203-637-1791 for details.
Serving On One of Our Church Committees
One of the most rewarding ways to service the church is to join one of its many committees (click here to see a description of each and the time commitment involved). Each committee is responsible for guiding an important aspect of the church’s activities, whether it be attracting and welcoming new members, directing where the annual outreach allocation will be applied or finding new ways to balance the annual budget. This is definitely one of the best ways to meet new people and discover for yourself what makes the church so special.
Volunteer opportunities that support the outreach work of the Women’s Fellowship include:
- volunteering at The Rummage Room
- selling auction tickets for the quilt raffles
- Helping Hands
The Rummage Room
Volunteers are the lifeline of The Rummage Room. Help receive donated household goods and clothing, or assist customers to shop for treasure. Offer us four hours of your time weekly (flexible schedules available) and we’ll provide you with fellowship and the rewarding feeling that you are helping to make a difference. Click here for more details.
Visiting Committee (for caregivers)
The Visiting Committee and additional FCCOG volunteers deliver Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies to approximately two dozen church members who are homebound or experienced a loss or serious illness within the past year. Some Visiting Committee members continue with weekly or “as needed” visits. This group also hosts an annual Valentine’s Tea for FCCOG members living at Edgehill. For additional information about Visiting Committee, contact Linnea Stenberg (Chair) @ (203) 637-1648 or Sue Asselin (Parish Nurse Staff Liaison) @ (203) 637-1791 ext. 821.
The New Covenant House Center Soup Kitchen is located at 174 Richmond Hill Avenue in Stamford. First Church provides the noon meal on the first Monday of every month. Volunteers can help with food preparation at the church on the first Saturday or Sunday of the month or deliver and serve a hot noontime lunch the following Monday. Volunteers are needed to cook, deliver and serve the meal for approximately 150 clients in need.
Friends Helping Friends
Christmas Tree Sale
For 3-4 weeks before Christmas, the church’s front lawn is covered with hundreds of trees and wreaths for sale. The Christmas Tree Sale supports our community outreach programs. Volunteers are needed to unload and sell the trees on the three weekends before Christmas.
This community has been our church’s major national hands-on mission project for more than 20 years. H.O.M.E. seeks to help approximately 5,000 of the rural poor of Hancock County, Maine. H.O.M.E. visits us each November bringing handmade crafts for sale and then returning to Maine with food donations from our Harvest Sunday service.
This group meets each Monday to enjoy fellowship and create quilts which are raffled to support benevolences of the Women’s Fellowship. All are welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary; the group of “veteran” quilters has offered to train and support the next generation of quilters.
Church Office Volunteers
We always need people to answer the telephone and take messages during the day. It’s a great way to get to know the staff better and learn first-hand what’s happening around the church. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please let us know what time would fit your schedule.
Silver Lake Conference Center Camp Counselors
Volunteers are needed as camp counselors in the summer for one-week sessions at our beautiful conference center in northwestern Connecticut. In addition, help is needed during the year on maintenance and seasonal projects.
Pilgrim Towers Volunteers
First Congregational Church has had a long association with Pilgrim Towers, a HUD subsidized residence for adults over the age of 62, located in Stamford, CT. We provide support, visitation, food and at Christmas time, gifts for the residents regardless of their church association. Pilgrim Towers video