As a Vibrant, Inclusive, Progressive congregation, we put ministry into action. Below are the ways members of our congregation are active in ministry our church, in our community and in our world.
In Our Church
Adult Education Facilitator – Facilitates a class offering as needed.
Cathedral Couples – Cathedral Couples is a social group of members and friends that usually meet on the first Saturday of each month for socializing, food, and fun. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet others for fellowship and discussion.
Children’s Ministry – Teachers and Teacher’s Aides facilitate Children’s Church and Christian education for children 4 years old through 4th grade. Participants in this ministry must pass a Criminal Background Check and be members of the church.
Congregational Care Team – The focus of the Congregational Care Team is to respond to the care and support needs of the congregation. This may be through hospital visits, prayer support, or a listening ear in times of grief.
Creative Arts Ministry – Do you have a creative side? We are all about infusing art into the life and culture of the church through performance, music, design, image and the media arts. Join us normally on the third Sunday of every month.
Deaf Ministry – Provide ASL interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing at worship services and special events as needed.
Devotion Writer – On assigned dates each month, team members write 350-400 word devotions based on a designated verse from the Liturgical Calendar use by UCC and or about a secular or sacred holiday celebrated that day.
Floral Design Team - Experienced floral designers sought to join our Chancel Floral Design Team. Designers will shop for materials and create the fabulous floral arrangements that are seen each Sunday on the chancel.
Greeter Ministry - Welcome visitors and guests to worship services. Answer questions and provide directions as needed.
Hand Bell Choir – Seasonal - Play as scheduled for our worship services and for other events at church and in the community. You must read music.
Hospitality Ministry – Hospitality team members set up, serve and clean up light refreshments for each Sunday service and other church events.
Lay Minister of Worship (LMOW) - Serve as Acolytes (candle lighters, processional element carriers, and set up for communion) or Communion Servers.
Multimedia Ministry - Provide video and media support for worship services. Volunteers learn all aspects of the ministry including camera, sound, lighting, directing, graphics and administrative support. Training provided.
Newcomer Concierge – Welcomes guests after worship services.
Pride Ministry Team - Seasonal - Coordinates the parade and festival entries for the Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade held every September in Dallas.
Sanctuary Choir - The main choral group at the Cathedral. Open to all. Ability to carry a tune and match pitch required. You will sing a simple tune for section placement.
Sanctuary Orchestra - The orchestra plays the prelude and offertory as scheduled and accompanies the Sanctuary Choir during the anthem and during congregational singing.
Sanctuary Steward – Volunteers in this ministry make sure the pews and chairs are supplied with registration pads, giving envelopes, pens and tissues, and pick up items left behind after services.
Social Media Ministry – Assist in social media outreach efforts for church ministry.
Sources of Hope (Bookstore) - Provide clerical support, display, sales, and inventory help in the Bookstore. Every 3-4 weeks, help is needed to dust and clean the glass shelving. Training provided and the scheduling is flexible.
Usher Ministry – Participants in this ministry prepare the Sanctuary for worship services, seat people as they arrive, take up the offering and direct people during communion.
Youth Ministry – Teachers and Teacher’s Aides facilitate programs of both spiritual and fellowship activities designed for youth grades 5 - 12. Participants in this ministry that work directly with minors must pass a Criminal Background Check and be members of the church.
In Our Community
The programs shown below are overseen by Dallas Hope Charities, the outreach arm of Cathedral of Hope.
Back to School Drive - Seasonal - Donated supplies benefit Prism Health North Texas, a partnering organization that provides services to families with children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers in this ministry help organize donated supplies on specified collection dates.
Blessing Bags - On the second Wednesday evening of each month, Blessing Bags volunteers assemble gallon-sized Ziploc bags that contain donated snacks, travel-size toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, grooming supplies, and other items that people who are experiencing homelessness find useful.
Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope (BACH) – Every Saturday, volunteers create and serve a restaurant-style hot breakfast to those who might otherwise go hungry. Volunteer positions include every position you’d find in a restaurant. Participants in this ministry must pass a Criminal Background Check and obtain a food handlers certificate.
Dallas Public Library Winter Backpack Challenge - Seasonal - In November, the Dallas Public Library and its partners, collect backpacks filled with blankets, socks, toiletries and warm hats for those who live in Dallas and are experiencing homelessness. Donors are asked to drop off a backpack with typical, daily use new or gently used items at any of the Dallas Public Library locations. Warm blankets, clothing items, snacks and books are also sought, as are notes of encouragement.
Gift Wrapping – Seasonal - Volunteers wrap Christmas gifts with 100% of the donations from the wrapping services benefitting the CoH Evelyn Pruitt AIDS Crisis Fund, which is used for financial assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Hike for Haiti - Seasonal - Through a partnership with Foundation for International Development Assistance, Hike for Haiti is a 2-day, 25 mile, experiential program whose goal is to support literacy - one of the biggest demands in rural Haiti.
Historian - If you're the type of person who enjoys recording history in a meaningful way, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you. With millions of volunteer hours each year dedicated toward the various Dallas Hope Charities outreach efforts, there's much to be recorded.
Hope in Prison – Hope in Prison is the nickname of our prisoner correspondence ministry. As a pen pal writing from one centralized address, you can bring a bit of joy and hope to those who are incarcerated, many of whom have no one on the outside who cares enough to ever write.
iCare – Every Monday, volunteers prepare and serve restaurant-style lunch, offer caring personal interaction, and provide bag full of groceries to underserved individuals and families. Volunteers serve on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm. Bilingual speakers (English / Spanish), are always needed.
LifeWalk – Seasonal - Our official team, the MeeMaw Walkers, walks to raise money for the Evelyn Pruitt AIDS Crisis Fund, which assists individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS. 85% of every dollar raised goes directly into the fund.
Maple Lawn Elementary School - As a volunteer tutor, you can help to reduce absenteeism, and even to reduce the risk of dropout. Some employers even allow "comp time" for your volunteer efforts. Tutors must pass a background check prior to being approved to tutor. At various times throughout the school year, personal wish lists for clothing and school supplies are distributed. When those times come alone, please consider sponsoring a child.
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point-In-Time Count - Seasonal - Every January, The Count, a requirement under federal law, helps communities and the nation as a whole identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness, changing trends in this area, and the measure of our success in ending homelessness. The Count begins on Thursday night 8 p.m. and concludes on Friday morning at 1 a.m.
OutLast Youth - Join in the city-wide initiative to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth in Dallas and the surrounding counties by 2020. See how you can use your gifts and skills to help end LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Pack the Pantry Ministry Team – On the next to last Sunday of each month, team members distribute the shopping list items needed for the pantry. On the last Sunday of each month, which is Pack the Pantry Sunday, team members collect, sort and shelve the food brought in.
People Helping People – Seasonal - Home renovation projects for low-income and elderly residents working with the city of Dallas. Repairs include replacing rotted wood, scraping and painting, rebuilding/replacing steps, handrails, porches, demolishing small structures and removing open storage from yards.
Photographer - If you're the type of person who can wield a mean camera capable of producing commercial-grade photography, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you. With tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year dedicated toward the various Dallas Hope Charities outreach efforts, there's much to be photographed.
Thanksgiving Baskets – Seasonal - Volunteers in this ministry help staff the sign-up table prior to collection day and on collection day are on hand to direct traffic, receive and sort baskets and help partner organizations when they come to pick up their baskets.
Videographer - Are you a budding Spielberg with a high-quality means of capturing commercial-grade video? This may be the volunteer opportunity for you. With millions of volunteer hours each year dedicated toward the various Dallas Hope Charities outreach efforts, there's much footage to be captured.
In Our World
Televised Media Ministry - Provide video and media support for worship services. Volunteers learn all aspects of the ministry including camera, sound, lighting, directing, graphics and administrative support. Training provided. Worship services can be seen around the world from the CoH website.