We believe growing as Jesus followers includes serving others. We follow Christ’s example when we invest our time and resources to build relationships with people in our local community and across the world.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Serving at Shepherd
Serving at Shepherd means joining in our mission to love God and neighbors by showing care to those inside Shepherd’s walls. It means helping others feel welcomed, noticed, and important. By sharing your gifts of hospitality, friendship, and empathy, you can be the love of Jesus to each person who walks through our doors. Training is always provided.
Provide hospitality by welcoming people at the entries and serving coffee. Scheduled 2 weeks on with 4 weeks off.
Welcome people to worship, count the number of attendees, help seat and dismiss people. Scheduled 2 weeks on with 4 weeks off.
temporarily suspended Set-up, serve, and clean-up communion at weekend services.
Join a staff member at the Connection Center on Sunday mornings to help serve guests with questions about ministries, event registrations, and be a welcoming presence.
First Aid and CPR trained volunteers provide direction in the event of a medical emergency at church; flexible schedule.
temporarily suspended Serve and/or bring food for funerals; serve as needed.
Serving the Community
Serving the Community means joining in our mission to love God and our neighbors by showing care to those outside of Shepherd’s walls. It means coming alongside people and organizations already making a difference in our own communities and beyond to support them in their goal of serving people who are hurting, under-resourced, or in need of support.
Dwelling Place– Dwelling Place provides care and support including housing for victims of domestic abuse.
Grace Place- Grace Place offers shelter to homeless families and single individuals in the St. Croix River Valley. Volunteers provide meals, activities, administration, fundraising, and much more.
Hope for the Journey Home- A ministry for families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time. HJH is a ministry of Guardian Angels Catholic Church along with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and more than 30 churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties.
Union Gospel Mission– The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults. The mission has opportunities for mentorship, serving meals and more!
Godtown– People are invited to join a team of local missionaries in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul to bring hope through residential and spiritual reclamation. There are many ways to get involved, including a food distribution program, community garden, prayer nights, construction projects, and neighborhood outreach activities
Operation Help– Operation HELP provides residents of St. Croix County with financial assistance, a place for personal support, and connections to community resources to alleviate short-term economic crises. Volunteers needed for office administration, meeting with guests, and helping with events.
Valley Outreach-Variety of ways to volunteer to help meet the needs of people in our community with food, clothing, and more.
Hudson Backpack Program– Variety of ways to serve during both the school year and summer. Serving ideas include volunteering for their distribution, collecting food, and so much more!
Loaves and Fishes- Prepare and serve an evening meal to those in need; serves the 1st Wednesday of each month. Loaves and Fishes does not serve in March or September. Contact Caitlin Ronayne to volunteer!
Hope Academy– Hope Academy is a school that is focused on providing a Christ- Centered education to youth in inner-city Minneapolis. The school’s goal is to foster hope in kids so that they have the opportunity to reach their potential and become who God created them to be. Their website has many ways that you can be involved.
Young Life– Shepherd supports the Woodbury chapter of young life. Volunteer opportunities available with students or behind the scenes!
Compassion International– Sponsor a child living in poverty around the world. Through sponsorship, kids are financially supported and are able to learn all about the Love of Christ!
Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries- Sandy Bay is a children’s home in Roatan, Honduras that Shepherd has supported for many years. Sponsorship helps the children’s home provide an education and a safe home for the children as they get to know Jesus and grow to be leaders in their community.
Community Care Team- Team of people from the Shepherd community wanting to serve others. Join this team to be periodically notified of different serving opportunities. Click HERE to join.
Shepherd Quilting Team– Create quilts for Lutheran World Relief to be distributed to those in need around the world. Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. Contact: Cathy Colman
Shepherd Prayer Shawl Ministry– Create shawls that are provided at times when a tangible reminder of God’s love is needed. Knitting or crochet lessons are available. Contact Julie Asp
Arrive Ministries- Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of the refugee and immigrant. Arrive empowers local churches to welcome and serve displaced refugees who resettle in Minnesota. Shepherd currently has two Refugee Life Ministries small groups walking alongside a Congolese family.
Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT Program) Share Jesus with our Somali neighbors through literacy and friendship. Our Somali neighbors have escaped civil war violence and extreme hardship in refugee camps. Now they are learning English, how to survive Minnesota weather and to thrive in our economy.
Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries | Roatan, Honduras
Haiti Teen Challenge