How Can I Get Involved?
Connecting to Ministry at Central
There are many ways to get involved in the ministry and life of Central Presbyterian Church–and we encourage you to do so as you feel called! Our community is enriched by your presence and your gifts.
Our leadership has identified four core areas of ministry to help organize and all of our work together. The areas, which we call “pods,” might help you identify a broad area of ministry where you might want to jump in and offer your time and talents, or simply get connected to others around shared passion or who gather for a particular purpose. Within each pod there are many specific programs, groups, and events. You can be involved in one event in a small way, or be a leader on committee with larger scope. It’s up to you how much time you are willing and able to invest, and where God is nudging you as you invest in your own faith journey and in the life of our congregation. The four pods are:
Celebrating the Story: Emphasizes the areas of Worship, Faith Formation and Education, and Fellowship. This pod covers most of the programmatic aspects of our ministry. Get involved in a small group, join us for a fellowship event, attend a class, host a Sunday of Cafe Central, volunteer in the nursery, help prepare communion, sing or play an instrument in worship, teach a Grand Central Stations class, help organize the Chili Cook-off, or the fall picnic… if any of these sound like fun or if you want to deepen your learning about faith, this is the pod for you.
Supporting the Story: Focuses on the internal operations of the church and congregation, and covers the Personnel and Finance Committees as well as the Trustees. If you get energized by thinking about numbers and structure, care about maintaining our facility, want to support our staff, and want to be a good steward of our resources you will find a home in “Supporting the Story.”
Sharing the Story: Helps communicate the mission and ministry of Central. It encompasses the Communications and Stewardship Committees. If you want to help share the ways Central is living God’s call, and get others engaged in participating in that work, you belong here! It’s also a great place if you want to share you gifts and skills in areas of website and social media, print publication, photography, marketing and more.
Practicing the Story: While all the pods are about living out our faith, Practicing the Story, does this in very hands-on and tangible ways. The mission committee and the Deacons make up this pod. Want to participate in hurricane relief work? Support a mission co-worker in Mexico? Help build a home for a neighbor right here in Downingtown? Volunteer at the food bank or raise money for hunger relief? Mentor a young person? Be God’s witness to some of those in great need in our community? Welcome a new member of our community or provide a meal for a member who recently had surgery? Join us as we practice being the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
When you’re ready, contact the office or connect with a staff member or elder who will put you in touch with the leadership of the right pod or ministry to get you connected!