We are involved in a wide range of community transformation and improvement projects. Work with ministries involved with prison, construction, schools and disaster response. Some projects require specialized skills and others are open to all who want to help. Find your place below!
Resurrection has a history of coming alongside organizations in Kansas City who are making an impact in the lives of refugee and immigrant families relocated to our metro area. As changes occur this winter, we are in dialogue with these groups regarding our response as caring Christian neighbors.
In the meantime we invite you to reach out to these excellent organizations, or others like them, as you are led. By volunteering or with in-kind donations, you can help these families become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.
For questions about Refugee Response contact Dee Dickey at (913) 232-4166, or email using the form below.
Prison ministry is a richly rewarding experience where you get a front row seat to watch God change people’s lives. You can serve one on one with inmates or as part of a group of volunteers who seek to offer inspiration, transformation and to reflect the love of Jesus Christ. Opportunities exist for service and prayer, both inside and outside of correctional facilities.
According to the Kansas Correctional Association newsletter, “most prisoners come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many have not completed high school. Many can barely read. Roughly one-third were unemployed before imprisonment. Another third had annual income of less than $5,000. Children of incarcerated parents have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, attention disorders and poor scholastic performance. African Americans are 7.8 times more likely to be imprisoned than whites, when convicted of the same crime.” (KCA Eagle, January 2008).
In-Prison @ Lansing Correctional Facility, KS (Men and Women can participate) – Monday & Thursday Nights
Help facilitate Alpha with inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility, Lansing KS. Classes meet weekly for a 14-week period. You can explore this serving opportunity without any commitment or required training. No previous Alpha participation is required. Contact Gerry Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Prison @ at the Johnson County DOC Adult Residential Center Facility in Gardner, KS (Men and Women) – Tuesday Nights
Help facilitate the Alpha course with inmates at the Johnson County DOC Adult Residential Center Facility in Gardner, KS. Classes meet weekly for a 12-week period in the spring and fall. No previous Alpha participation is required. Contact either: Gene Ronsick email@example.com or Gerry Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: there is generally a 2 week lead time for screenings to be complete for any visitors to these locations. Must be 18 years or older. Please see the calendar for specific dates.
In-Prison @ Leavenworth Federal Prison, Leavenworth KS, (Men & Women can participate)-Wednesday Nights
Help facilitate Alpha with inmates at Leavenworth Federal Prison, Leavenworth KS. Classes meet weekly for a 14-week period. You can explore this serving opportunity without any commitment or required training. No previous Alpha participation is required. Contact Gene Ronsick email@example.com
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on your schedule. A 12-month commitment is required. Special KDOC training’s provided.
Contact Stewart Curtright at firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on Monday afternoons, Tuesday evenings or Wednesday evenings. A 12 month commitment is required. Special training is provided.
Provide one-on-one mentoring to ex-female-inmates in the Kansas City Area who are working with the Kansas Department of Corrections. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on your schedule and a 12-month commitment is required. Special KDOC training is provided.
Contact Stewart Curtright at email@example.com
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the Johnson County DOC Adult Residential Center Facility in Gardner, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. A 12-month commitment is required. Special Johnson County DOC training provided.
"I was in prison and you came to visit me... Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:36c, 40b)
For questions about New Day Prison Ministry contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
JOY in Serving...Grace in Giving
You can help brighten someone's Thanksgiving and Christmas this year by Joyfully Offering Yourself in serving! JOY brings opportunities each and every week to make a difference this holiday season. Between now and Christmas, you can sign up to serve alongside our partner schools, local community agencies and our global partnerships. When you do you are a tangible reminder to those in need of the love and light of Christ!
There are many ways for individuals, families and small groups to make a positive impact in the community. Some of our opportunities are only available in the Narthex at our JOY tables during worship each weekend, others have online sign ups. Let's spread the Joy! Details about 2017 JOY in Serving Donation and Volunteer events can be found by visiting cor.org/leawood/joy.
If you prefer to work behind the scenes by assisting with the collection of donations register here. It takes hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes to make an event like this happen.
For questions about Leawood JOY in Serving contact Michelle Van Pelt at (913) 232-4116, or email using the form below.
Resurrection's Car Ministry provides repairs to cars owned by qualified individuals who have no other means of transportation and could otherwise not afford to get their vehicles repaired. Teams of skilled mechanics and mechanics-in-training perform the repairs at a donated professional facility.
If you are a member or regularly attend services at The Church of the Resurrection and are unable to pay for needed car repairs, contact Jennifer Creagar or call 913-544-0739.
If you are not a member and need car repairs, contact Roberta Lyle or call 913-544-0254.
Interested in volunteering in this ministry? Serve Tuesday or Thursday evenings in south Johnson County. No experience necessary. contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For questions about Cars Ministry contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Resurrection's Housing & Construction Ministry uses their construction skills to help ministries in the fight for social justice. By repairing and remodeling urban ministry locations, these teams enable growth of local ministries thus making the Kingdom of God a little more visible in the urban core.
Let us know how you can help: Take the skills survey. If you are a professional ie; licensed contractor, plumber, electrician, architect, engineer, carpenter, HVAC etc. and would like to offer your skills, please click on the email link below to get in touch with Resurrection's Housing & Construction Ministry.
Resurrection's Housing & Construction Ministry works on Thursdays with transitional housing for organizations such as Healing House, Hope Faith Ministries and the Blue Door Project. On Wednesdays there is a crew that either works on homes through Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City or builds ramps providing accessibility for home owners. On Saturdays there is a crew that is restoring a century old facility that is home to Grace United Community Ministries.
For more detailed information or to get connected please contact Bob at email@example.com
For questions about Housing and Construction Ministry contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
Resurrection partners with Christmas In October, a local nonprofit organization that, since 1983, has focused on rehabilitating the houses of lower-income homeowners in the Kansas City area at no cost to the homeowners. The big event day will be October 14, 2017, we plan to work on over 20 homes.
Anyone 14 and older can participate. Through our relationship with Christmas in October, Resurrection has become a major force in helping elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners remain in their homes, this is accomplished with your help. Some of what will happen on October 14, 2017, is winterization, painting, yard cleaned up, and minor repairs.
For questions about Christmas In October contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
If you need to renew your ERT certification … come to this training! Click here to register.
Where: Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue Leawood, KS - Building A, Parlor
When: 12/11/2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Resurrection's Disaster Response Ministry serves and shares Christ when an unexpected disaster or crisis has damaged the security of individuals, families and communities. The Disaster Response Team demonstrates the love and hope found in Christ through practical and significant acts of kindness, mercy, witness and care.
Through a partnership with Rev. Hector F. Ortiz Vidal, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico, Heart to Heart International and Hen House Markets, Resurrection was able to deliver over a dozen pallets of food and other necessities to those impacted by hurricane Maria.The pallets contained just over 18,000 cans of food and 5,000 diapers. If you would like to be part of the response to Puerto Rico please fill out this online form.
We continue to receive financial contributions that will allow us to partner with some of the United Methodist Churches in the hardest hit areas, providing financial grants to be used to aid those most impacted by Harvey and Irma. This anchors our relief efforts with local churches that can provide ongoing pastoral care while addressing the physical needs of their neighbors in these affected communities. You can contribute to this effort online. We deployed an Early Response Team to Corpus Christi where they cleared damaged and fallen trees. The needs are still very real in many communities in Texas, in the Houston area alone it has been reported that thousands of people still lack stable housing, leaving families to live in hotel rooms and even tents. If you are Safe Gatherings certified and interested in the Disaster Response trip to Houston Texas Feb 4th-10th please fill out this online form.
The rebuilding phase of these multiple disasters will take months and even years in some of the communities decimated by the hurricanes. Many of the immediate needs of emergency relief are being addressed by organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Heart to Heart International as well as others who are faithfully responding at this critical time. We as a church family need to begin to prepare ourselves for the long term recovery efforts.
All overnight trips require Safe Gatherings certification. We are currently working on more Fall & Winter trip dates, please check back for updates. If you are Safe Gatherings certified and interested in the Disaster Response Trip to Houston Texas Feb. 4th-10th please fill out this online form.
Safe Gatherings is the United Methodist Church's Great Plains Annual Conference training for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. This online course takes very little time but the background check can take several weeks to process. Learn more about the Safe Gatherings process and begin your certification here.
Have a conversation with your doctor about what immunizations you might need for a trip.
For questions about Disaster Response contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
Join the team of drivers and volunteers that keep the bookmobile rolling and help kids select books to keep and enjoy.
Drivers typically serve for 4-5 hours during regular business hours and occasionally some evenings and weekends. Serve as often or as little as your schedule allows. Must be 21 years of age with good driving record. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about driving our bookmobile.
Bookmobile volunteers help students in need select a "just right" book they can keep and add to their home libraries. Contact Ann Carter to learn how you can serve with the Resurrection Bookmobile.
To get involved, please plan to attend an upcoming Urban Volunteer Training and complete the Safe Gatherings application process. More information & upcoming dates are available on our Urban Volunteer Training page.
Have books to donate? New or gently used books for grades K-6 are in great need. Please consider dropping them off in the donation area just inside the SW doors of the Leawood narthex in the bins marked "education".
For questions about Bookmobile contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
We have several Mentor Opportunities.
Develop a meaningful, healthy, one-on-one relationship with a youth at one of our three residential treatment facilities. Mentors are encouraged to visit the youth they are paired with regularly to provide consistent and reliable support. Common mentor/mentee activities include playing board or video games, playing outside or in the gym, and doing arts/crafts.
Mentors must be 21 years of age, submit to a background check and drug screen, attend orientation/training, as well as make a six-month commitment. Sign up by emailing Leah Kent or calling (816) 508-3544.
Volunteers must be Safe Gatherings certified.
YOUTTHRIVE assists young adults aging out of foster care in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. YOUTHRIVE asks for a one to two year commitment to working with the young adult on goals to help with their future and providing relational support. Applicants must be age 25 and up. Contact Jackie Hodson with questions.
This event provides an opportunity for you to interact with teens as they gain important job hunting skills. For more information contact MJ Muchow.
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For questions about Be A Mentor contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Tutor with children grades K-6 at one of Resurrection's partner school locations helping students improve their reading and math skills.
Tutor or Reading Buddy: Assist students with reading skills, letter recognition and/or letter sounds. Requires weekly commitment.
Classroom Assistant: Assist teachers in classrooms and work with individuals or small groups of children; help the teacher with other needed tasks. Requires weekly commitment.
Lunch Buddies: Be a mentor and build self confidence with children. Enjoy lunch with a student each week while reading, visiting, or working on flashcards.
Ages: Volunteers must be 18 years and older.
Training Requirements: In order to provide a safe environment for all children, background checks and specialized trainings will be required prior to serving as a tutor. Please go to the Urban Volunteer Page for training dates and to register. Safe Gatherings certification is also required for those working in the schools. If you are not already Safe Gatherings certified (certification lasts four years) you will receive tips to help you quickly complete the required online training when you attend Urban Volunteer training. Additionally, if you will be volunteering in one of the Kansas City Missouri schools (Troost, Phillips @Attucks, or Wheatley Elementary) you must complete this KCMO Volunteer Application.
For questions about Partner School Tutors and Classroom Buddies contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Our Backpacks for Hunger program is kicking off for the 2017-2018 school year.
During the school year our Backpacks for Hunger program helps to provide supplemental food for children in our six partner schools who are at risk for weekend hunger. Each week it takes nearly 140 volunteers to pack and transport the bags of supplemental food for approximately 1,500 children. Explore the many ways you can help.
Complete the volunteer interest form to learn more about the opportunities listed above.
All activities take place at Resurrection Leawood Campus, Building A, Lower Level Mission Space.
For questions about Backpacks for Hunger contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
24000 W. Valley Parkway
Olathe, KS 66061
1522 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Blue Springs, MO 64014
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