Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities During Lent

When the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series and Waffle Shop begin on Thursday, February 15, hundreds of visitors will start pouring into Calvary’s buildings. The success of these annual “Gifts to the City” depends on the efforts of our parish. Please get involved in the ministry of Lent and sign up to help with these volunteer opportunities:

Spread the Word:

Everyone can do this! Most people first come to the Lenten Series or Waffle Shop because someone invited them to come with them. Invite a friend to come to the Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop with you. 

Dessert Room: Before Waffle Shop or (T-F) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

We welcome any volunteers for the best jobs to have during Waffle Shop – either cooking for the Dessert Room or working in the Dessert Room. For those who love to cook, we need 80 – 100 of each kind of pie during Waffle Shop so help with cooking is always appreciated. The Dessert Room provides all of the ingredients for you – you just have to cook! To be ready for Waffle Shop, cooking will begin very soon. Your commitment is to have your pies ready and taken to the church before Waffle Shop begins. For those who love to be part of the action, we need 2-3 helpers each day during Waffle Shop (Tuesdays-Fridays). Volunteers pick a day to work with their group each week. The work is not hard but it can get hectic. The atmosphere is always fun, however. If you cannot commit to once a week, we would love for you to volunteer to sub as needed. Just let us know and we will put you on the list. To help in the Dessert Room, contact Laurie Monypeny at 901-452-0960 as soon as possible.

Greeters: (T-F) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Calvary’s buildings can feel like a maze to first-time visitors. Volunteer to be a greeter and assist in the important work of welcoming visitors and guiding them through the buildings of Calvary. We need two greeters for each day of the Series. One greeter will stand at the Information Desk on the first floor and another greeter on the 2nd floor by the elevators. Your duties will be to direct visitors to the sanctuary and then to the Waffle Shop after the service. Please arrive at 11 a.m. and plan to stay through the service and direct visitors after the service. Sign up online or contact Cash Shields, 901-756-4536.

Honorary Waffle Shop Wait Staff

For some, it is impossible to be physically present weekdays during Lent. Thankfully, there is another way to help. Anyone can be Honorary Wait Staff by contributing to the Honorary Wait Staff Fund for Waffle Shop. Calvary donates a minimum of $7 per volunteer per day to our supporting churches for the wait staff they send our way during Lent and that adds up over 22 days. Send your contribution (any amount welcome!), made payable to Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103, and note for Waffle Shop Honorary Wait Staff.

Salad Room & Chicken Ranch: (T-F) 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Home of some of the Waffle Shop’s most storied and sought-after dishes! Chicken salad, shrimp mousse, and tomato aspic. And you don’t have to make ANY of it. Just plate and serve it up with a dash of paprika and a sprig of parsley! Join this unique ministry in the kitchen, and pick the day of the week that works best for you. Each daily team of volunteers works just one shift a week. Contact Doug Franklin.

Speaker Transportation:

Spend one-on-one time with a speaker by offering to pick him or her up at the airport and escort him/her to the hotel. Contact Ray Hatton, First Baptist Church.

Ushers: (T-F) 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Ushers stand at the doors prior to the service and hand out bulletins. They also help count how many people have attended the service and help with the collection afterward. If you are planning to come hear a certain speaker, this is an easy way to participate in the ministry of the Series. Sign up online or contact Laurence Ritter.

Waffle Cooks: (T-F) 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Waffle cooks have the coveted job of making the best waffles in town! Join the camaraderie of the waffle line & help cook waffles or serve sausage & hash. Contact Connie Marshall to volunteer, 901-278-8781.

Waffle Shop Waiters & Waitresses: (T-F) 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

This job is all about hospitality and serving! Duties include greeting guests, carrying food trays, and setting tables. Wait staff receives a complimentary Waffle Shop meal after close each day. You can volunteer for whatever fits your schedule. Contact Sue Johnson, 901-272-9803.

Waffle Shop Cashiers: (T-F) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seated cashier jobs are another important part of Waffle Shop. If you enjoy greeting our patrons and can work with a simple cash register, volunteer by signing up online or contacting Desi Franklin, 901-336-6416. Your lunch will be provided!