Opportunities to Serve
What’s a committee and what’s a ministry team?
Wilshire operates with both committees and ministry teams. Most committees have some level of governance function, while ministry teams are service-oriented. The Committee on Committees nominates individuals for service on committtees once a year, while any interested person may join a ministry team at any time. Ministry teams include ushers, greeters, the video team, health ministry team and so forth.
Serve on a WIlshire Committee
On the Committee page, you can learn about the current Wilshire committees. Nominations are currently being considered for persons to serve on committees at the beginning of the 2019 committee term.
Wilshire members support a food pantry with a monthly collection of food items. This in-gathering is collected every second Sunday of the month, but donations may be made anytime. The food is collected in wicker baskets located in the hallways of the church. The ministry is in memory of Adam Malcik and coordinated by members of the Compass Class.
Adult Sunday School teachers
It takes dozens of volunteer teachers to make Wilshire's expansive Sunday School structure operate every week. Some of these teachers are full time, meaning they teach the same class every week. But others are part-time teachers who rotate responsibilities with others in a class. Contact Mark Wingfield at (214) 452-3128.
Bereavement Ministry Team
This group of volunteers provides food and hospitality for families on the day of funeral services at Wilshire. There are opportunities to serve as hosts and to provide food without being present for the meal itself. Contact Debby Burton at (214) 452-3132.
Blood Reserve Ministry Team
These volunteers plan and staff Wilshire's quarterly blood drives. Duties include calling regular donors to remind them of upcoming drives, enlisting new donors and assisting with various tasks on the day of the blood drive. Contact Mark Wingfield at (214) 452-3128.
Children and preschool teachers
A cadre of volunteers make the Bible come to life for preschoolers and children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings through Wilshire's Sunday School, missions and choir programs. For children's ministry, contact Julie Girards at (214) 452-3104. For preschool ministry, contact Joan Hammons at (214) 452-3141. For children's choir programs, contact Candy McComb at (214) 452-3164.
Cooking Ministry Team
Wilshire's Cooking Ministry prepares food on a quarterly or as needed basis in Wilshire's kitchen. Food lovers and home cooks gather to prepare and freeze food. This frozen food is then distributed to those in crises, facing a sudden loss or recovering from surgery. If you don't enjoy cooking, there is still a way for you to be involved. You can write an encouraging note to accompany the food or volunteer to deliver food as needed. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Encouragement Ministry Team
This is a ministry with no meetings! Volunteers agree to write notes of encouragement throughout the year, a task that can be done from home. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Extended Teaching Care
Volunteers provide extended child care for preschoolers during both the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday morning services. This is a great way to help young parents be able to attend worship and know that their children are in good hands. Contact Joan Hammons at (214) 452-3141.
Health Ministry Team
These volunteers work with Wilshire's parish nurse to address health education and enrichment needs within the congregation. Contact Linda Garner at (214) 452-3151.
Home Visitation Ministry Team
These loving volunteers make personal visits to Wilshire's homebound members at least once a month. They also may write notes of encouragement or make phone calls to stay in touch with those in the congregation who no longer can make it out to church. Contact Jessica Capps at (214) 452-3129.
Hospitality Ministry Team
Sometimes known as "greeters," these volunteers provide a welcoming presence at every door to the church on Sunday mornings. Service is on a rotation basis. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Knit Unto Others
Every Thursday afternoon, a group of knitters gathers in the Parlor to work on individual and group projects. One ongoing ministry of this group is to create and bless prayer shawls that are given to people at critical times when they need to be wrapped in prayer. Contact Jessica Capps at (214) 452-3129.
Wilshire's excellent library is staffed primarily by volunteers. You can join the team. Contact Barbara Peterson at (214) 452-3114.
Lord's Supper Ministry Team
This small team of volunteers prepares the elements for monthly observances of the Lord's Supper. Contact Debby Burton at (214) 452-3132.
Contact Heather Mustain for additional ways you can serve at (214) 452-3110.
Wilshire's excellent music ministry is made possible by the participation of many volunteers, from children through senior adults. Volunteer to sing in Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, New Song, children's choirs or to play in a handbell group or in Wilshire Winds. Contact Doug Haney at (214) 452-3123.
Wilshire's front reception desk is staffed entirely by volunteers. Regular volunteers commit to a half-day of service each week. Substitutes also are needed; training is provided. Contact Holly Irvin at (214) 452-3150.
Prayer Ministry Team
During each of the two Sunday morning worship services, volunteers staff a prayer room to pray for the current needs of the congregation. In addition to praying for an ongoing list of needs, these volunteers receive prayer cards submitted during morning worship. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Stephen Ministers are laypeople who complete 50 hours of training to become certified in this ecumenical ministry. Once trained, Stephen Ministers are paired one-on-one with individuals facing times of life crisis, to be listening companions. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Support Teams Ministry
When people have specific needs due to difficult life circumstances, Wilshire has a means of creating support teams to surround them with love and practical care. Team volunteers may offer specific skills (such as legal aid or handyman skills) or may just be willing to give of their time as needed. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Ushers Ministry Team
A diverse group of congregants is sought to greet worshipers on Sunday mornings, hand out visitor cards and take the offering. Ushers also are needed for special services. Contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
Video Ministry Team
Wilshire uses volunteers to produce the live stream of Sunday morning worship. Contact Mark Wingfield at (214) 452-3128.