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!
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.
Resurrection's Life Restoration Ministry supports men and women who are working to stabilize their lives after overcoming addictions. Volunteers serve a variety of roles at Healing House, a faith-based substance abuse recovery organization located in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more how you can use your gifts and skills and help on an ongoing or an as needed basis.
For questions about Life Restoration contact Ed Surber at 913-897-1200, 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 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.
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 the 1st & 3rd Saturdays you can join a crew called Helping Hands.
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.
The Resurrection Disaster Response Team is always looking for a volunteer database that is prepared and trained so that when a disaster strikes, they are ready to deploy. Below are some of the many opportunities in which you can engage and make a huge difference in the event of a disaster. Interested? Sign up here.
ERT Volunteer (Early Response Volunteer) – as an ERT, you are not the first responder (medical, electric company, fire department, local CERT are the first responders) but after the area is declared safe and survivors are found, this is the first group that comes in to clear debris, tarp roofs, etc.
Communications & Marketing – advertise disaster response volunteer opportunities to the church, campuses, small groups, etc. Help recruit and engage new people into the disaster response ministry. As people reach out, help place them into the area that most fits their gifts and skills.
Reconstruction/Recovery Trip Participant – Join a short-term serve trip in the region (generally 10 hour drive or closer) to help rebuild after a disaster has been cleaned up of debris. Participants may muck out homes from a flood, tear out walls, put up drywall, mud & tape, help with cabinetry or hanging doors, retile, etc.
Reconstruction/Recovery Trip Leader – Lead a team of 6-10 people on a trip to help re-build after a disaster. Good leadership, communication, safety awareness, faith, organization (yet flexible) skills needed for this position. Must be recommended by previous team leader and staff.
Heavy Equipment Coordinator(s) – keep equipment ready for immediate use including upkeep on the trailer, lift, chainsaws, etc. Train people on chainsaw, skidloader and lift usage.
Chainsaw Ministry – become chainsaw trained, then join other members of this team as needed.
CERT Volunteer – want to help respond to a disaster that takes place in our community? CERT volunteers work under the leadership of the local fire department or emergency management to support a disaster in your local community.
Shelter Staff Manager – be trained by the Red Cross to help manage the Shelter if there is an event and Resurrection (or possibly other local facility) is turned into a shelter.
Donations Management & Kit Coordinator – If there’s a nearby disaster and Resurrection is a Donation center, help lead the coordination and efforts of collection and distribution of donated items. This volunteer would also coordinate kit packing events (hygiene, flood buckets, etc) as needed with organizations like Heart to Heart International.
Congregation Education – help plan an education event for the church
COAD Representative – represent Resurrection on the COAD/VOAD – this is the group that pulls all organizations together and mobilizes them in the event of a local disaster.
Volunteer Reception Center Volunteer – serve as a volunteer in the event there is a disaster and Resurrection (or another building nearby) is activated to serve as a VRC location.
Safe Gatherings is the United Methodist Church's Great Plains Annual Conference training for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. Safe Gatherings certification is required on all overnight trips. 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.
Many of the immediate needs of emergency relief are being addressed by organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Heart to Heart International, Team Rubicon 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, which as we have recently experienced in Texas and with our ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico and in response to Hurricane Florence, take months or even years.
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We are currently receiving 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 the hurricanes. 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 – be sure to select "Disaster Response" as the Giving Type.
For questions about Disaster Response contact Sheree Reece at (913) 232-4127, 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 Linda Warne 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. Bookmobile volunteers must be 16 or older. 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.
Build a relationship and mentor a youth from Gillis residential facility. Twice a month older boys attend church and go out for lunch or take part in other fun activities like bowling, visiting parks and museums with the mentors and Gillis staff.
Mentors must be 21 years of age. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these great kids.
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. For more information about the Support Family Model click here or Contact Jackie Hodson with questions.
Ready to dive in? YOUTHRIVE is hosting a Support Family Training event Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 9am-3pm at Grace Church at 8500 159th St., Overland Park.
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 Ask 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 training 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, JA Rogers, or Wheatley Elementary) you must complete this KCMO Volunteer Application.
If you are volunteering in one of the KCK schools (Welborn or Quindaro) please complete this KCK 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 2018-2019 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.
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