Find volunteer service, social and spiritual community opportunities that fit your schedule and fill your heart.

Events and activities below are color-coded based on their primary focus:

RED = Service activities, GREEN = Social/Community events, PURPLE = Spiritual experiences

Postings here are primarily for youth and teens in middle and high school (grades 6-12), unless otherwise noted.


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Upcoming Opportunities

CELEBRATIONS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION (Ballantyne Campus Church): Here are some opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming celebrations of First Reconciliation. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor responsibilities – please bring a coat. Sign up HERE.

ANGEL TREE (Ballantyne & Waxhaw Campuses): During the holiday season, the Angel Tree Ministry partners with local charities to provide gifts to struggling families right here in our community. This year they are accepting gift card or check donations (for BTC event, please shop for and donate via gift cards). The collections begin at all Masses on the weekend of November 19 and 20 and end on December 4. Please drop donations in the offertory at both campuses. In addition, you can bring donations to the church during office hours. For more information, head HERE.

COOKIES WITH ST. NICHOLAS (NLC Banquet Room): Bring the whole family and enjoy some cookies with St. Nicholas on Sunday, December 4th after the 9 am, 10:45 am, and 12:30 pm Masses! Interested in other ways to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas? Check out some ideas here!

COOKIES WITH ST. NICHOLAS- VOLUNTEER (NLC Banquet Room): Come and make our Cookies with St. Nicholas a merry and bright event on Sunday, December 4th! We needs some assistance setting up, passing out, and cleaning up the cookie table for the event. Note for BTC families: In order to offer the most opportunities for teens seeking BTC activities, please only sign up for one slot of volunteering – Thank you! Sign up to help out HERE.

THE FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS (Ballantyne Church): The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates back to the late 19th century. In this service, nine Scripture lessons recount the Fall, the promise of the Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. This Advent service is appropriate for the whole family, and there will be a reception afterwards. We invite you to sing your way into the Advent and Christmas spirit with us on December 16th starting at 7pm! No RSVP Required.

CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS: If you and your family are interested in providing a basket of food to local families for Christmas, please drop off an 18-gallon, lidded container of non-perishable food items in the narthex of either campus before Dec. 19. The basket can be personalized with cards and decorations to reflect your family’s Christmas traditions. We are truly grateful for the spirit of giving that is a way of life for our parishioners! Suggested items for the baskets can be found HERE.

Ongoing Opportunities

ASSIST M.E. NC DONATION CLEANING (Atrium Health Myers Park) For 8th grade and older: Assist M.E. NC acquires and provides mobility related rehabilitative equipment to individuals in need to help them regain lost mobility and maximize their independence and quality of life. We’re looking for volunteers to assist with cleaning the donations brought in (wheelchairs, mobility aids, etc.). Wear comfortable clothes & shoes. Gloves and cleaning supplies are provided. Sign up HERE. For further questions or information, contact Jack Sheehan at (704) 620-1440 or assistmenc@gmail.com.

FAMILY GIFT BEARER (Ballantyne & Waxhaw campuses): Families are invited to sign up to bring forward the gifts during weekend Masses. Please arrive and check in with the Mass coordinator 15 minutes prior to Mass beginning. Sign up HERE.

DONATED GOODS MINISTRY (Ballantyne Campus, second Saturday of the month): The Donated Goods Ministry is in need of energetic adult or teen volunteers capable of packing, organizing, and heavy lifting. Sign up HERE. For questions or more information please call Catherine Sforza at 704-576-7776.

MEL’S DINER (Ballantyne Campus every Saturday of the month): Mel’s needs adult and teen assistance providing and delivering meals to the the most vulnerable in our Charlotte community on Saturday mornings at 9am. Sign up to make a casserole or store bought tasty treats, load the truck, or make deliveries. For more information and to sign up, go HERE.

WALKING WITH MOMS HAND UP DAYS (Parish Center Nursery): Help set up, clean up, and assist new moms with getting supplies the first Sunday of every month from 1-5 pm for Hand Up Day taking place in the Parish Center Nursery. Sign up HERE. For questions, contact Melissa.

EDGE YOUTH MINISTRY (Parish Center) For MS only: Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program that provides a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. You can find the Edge calendar HERE. For more information about our program and upcoming events, head to the Edge web page HERE.

LIFE TEEN YOUTH MINISTRY (Parish Center) For HS only: Life Teen is a Catholic high school youth ministry program that is committed to providing our teens with the best possible opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through catechesis, fellowship, service, outreach, and leadership. You can find the Life Teen calendar HERE. For more information about our program and upcoming events, head to the Life Teen web page HERE.

DAILY MASS (Ballantyne Church): St. Padre Pio once said, “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.” Join us for daily Masses! You can find the daily Mass schedule HERE. Note: Attendance at Masses on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation do not count for BTC activities/events.

ADORATION (Ballantyne Daily Mass Chapel): “When we face the sun we get a tan… but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints” (Bl. Carlo Acutis). Join us for Adoration from 9:30 am to 9 pm every Friday and come get a “Son-tan”!

DIVINE MERCY HOLY HOUR (Ballantyne Church): Join the holy hour sponsored by the Cenacles of Divine Mercy held generally on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the church. The celebration includes veneration of St. Faustina’s first-class relic. Note: There will be no holy hour in December.

ST. PEREGRINE HEALING PRAYER SERVICE (Ballantyne Church): Come and intercede on behalf of those afflicted by cancer, leg-ailments, any life-threatening illness, or at-risk youth. Our solemn prayer service, offered on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the main church, includes a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine.

Opportunities with Consistent Commitment

ALTAR SERVING 5th-12th grade, must have received First Holy Communion: Training will be held in the Sanctuary from 9:30-10:30am on Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th. Your child will only need to attend one session. Parents are welcome to stay with their child or they may drop off. Register for training via the link HERE. For information about getting involved, please contact Deacon Lon Phillips.

PS-KN VOLUNTEER 7th-12th grade: Would you like to have the VBS experience year round? The Preschool and Kindergarten Faith Formation program needs YOU! Join us on Sunday mornings to help the littlest ones of the parish learn about God’s mighty love. As a teen volunteer, you would be responsible for guiding small groups of 6 to 8 preschool or kindergarten aged children (3, 4, or 5 year olds) through four VBS style rotations – Bible, Craft, Music and Games. See the dates we are in session here. Contact Becky Lennard to sign up!

MUFFIN MINISTRY: Feed the hungry 24 muffins at a time! Find out more information and contact Jan Gourge HERE.

Serve & Donate Outside of St. Matthew Ministries

Note: While we encourage our youth and families to volunteer with these other local charitable organizations, serving with them does not count towards “Be The Church” activities for those in Invited middle school formation & Ignite Confirmation sacramental preparation.

Catholic Charities Charlotte: Food Pantry Toiletry Kits, Refugee Donation Kits

Second Harvest Food Bank: Food Distribution Volunteers, Food Inspection/Sorting Volunteers 

Loaves & Fishes

Community Shelter of Union County: Shelter Volunteer, On-Going Needs & Donations

Matthews Help Center: Volunteers, Donations

A Child’s Place: Donations

MiraVia: Wish List

For more information regarding listings here or if you have a volunteer opportunity that you would like posted, contact Avery Utz.

 

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

Attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila