Volunteer Ministries

 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” Leviticus 19:33-34

As Christians living in such a diverse city, we have a great opportunity to reach across cultural lines to love those around us.  To love others as Christ loved us and to be His hands and feet to a broken world.

Here are some of the ways that we at Second Presbyterian Church can love and serve those around us:

Getting involved...


Serve the kids and teachers at our adopt-a-school, Berclair Elementary: 

Team Read

Team Read is a literacy program that focuses on helping second graders build their reading skills. It involves a one hour commitment every week and allows you to work one on one with the students.  

Be a classroom Reader

This is a fun and flexible way to spend time with the students and teachers at Berclair by taking the time to read in the classroom. 


Several of the classrooms are still up for adoption!  As a small group or CC, you can work together to help a teacher and class with small projects and needs throughout the year.  This is a wonderful way to offer help, encouragement and develop real relationships with the teacher and students. 

Special Events

Participate in Teacher Appreciation Week, volunteer as a proctor, join the fun at the Halloween Carnival, serve at the Open House dinner, work at the third grade etiquette training, or beautify the campus at the annual Clean-up day.

You can also assist a teacher or help out in the library.

To volunteer or to learn more, please email Taylor Tollison.

in our city: 


Advance Memphis


Advance Memphis is seeking three men and women to serve as Allies for their upcoming Faith & Finance class that meets every Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, August 9, - November 1. Volunteers will go through the Faith & Finance class as co-learners with our South Memphis neighbors, providing encouragement, support and accountability for a small group of participants. Allies commit to facilitating long-term relationships with participants in order to encourage each class member to reach their individual financial goals and grow deeper in their understanding that Jesus is making all things new and He desires to use our stewardship of finances for His Kingdom work. Please contact Kelsey Martin at for more information.


Meal Providers

Advance Memphis is still looking for a few volunteers to provide and serve meals to our South Memphis neighbors attending job readiness and money management classes in July and August. Here is a link for the Meal-Provider signup page with a few fun meal ideas, in case you might need a little inspiration. Providing, serving, and dining with these students is a great opportunity for individuals, families and/or small groups to demonstrate love to our neighbors. Contact Kelsey Martin at kmartin@advancememphis with any questions.


Su Casa

Su Casa is an outreach to our Hispanic neighbors. They offer ESL classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, mornings (9-11am) and evenings (6-8pm). They are in need of ESL substitute teachers and childcare help during those times. 

They also need volunteers to watch the Early Childhood kids while their parents are in the monthly Parent Meeting which typically takes place one Monday nights per month at 6pm.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, contact Kendall at


REP - Refugee Empowerment Program

REP is an outreach to our refugee neighbors. They offer ESL classes for parents, childcare for younger kids and afternoon homework help for students. If you can help with any of these or want to learn more about how to serve at REP, please contact Polly at


Multinational Ministries

Multi-national Ministries has many opportunities to get involved with moms and kids from limited English speaking families - from Monday night reading to afternoon homework help to preschool readiness for the littlest family members.  

Contact Laurie Graves to learn more at


Agape is hosting a 2 hour volunteer training on Saturday, August 18th. If you would like to learn more about serving with Agape or would like to sign up for the training, follow this link...https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agape-volunteer-partner-orientation-and-training-tickets-47084942330



MIFA is looking for drivers for their Meals on Wheels program.  If interested in delivering meals to our neighbors in need, please contact volunteer ministries at 454-0034 or



Other Resources

Our Volunteer Ministries booklet is available to you online. Click on the link below. Inside you will find a full list of various service opportunities both at Second and with our ministry partners: Download the 2016-2017 Volunteer Ministries Handbook

Disaster Relief Training Audio Presented by Brent Stenberg


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