Get Involved

Christian Services works to connect those in need with church volunteers who are dedicated to helping. Whether it be through a church, through outside support or just a listening ear, Christian Services aims to spread hope throughout the community.

Opportunities

Find out how you and your church can get involved today. Volunteers are always needed and additional congregational partners help to better serve the community! Time spent bettering the community and helping those in need fills the soul with joy. 

There are ongoing opportunities for your congregation to put their faith into action.

  • Volunteer in the Christian Services Help Center.
  • Collect personal needs for one of our Compassion Closets.
  • Collect children’s clothing for Judson’s and Pilgrim’s Clothing Banks.
  • Have a household goods collection to replenish supplies at the Small Household Bank at Mt. Hope UMC.
  • Get involved in supporting back to school activities by collecting clothing and school uniforms.
  • Get a group of 5 or 10 to volunteer at Judson to help distribute clothing in August and September.
  • Collect “Good Night Moon” or other books for new moms in the Books for Babies Program.
  • Provide volunteers for a Head Start pre-school classroom or connect with a elementary or middle school.
  • Become a church that provides New Image or Quality Living Budgeting Classes to people who want to make changes in their lives. Christian Services provides training and support.
  • Support the Christian Services Help Center financially.

To find out more about what your church can do, call our office at 394-5413. Don’t wait, start giving back today and get so much more in return.

Monthly Collections

View our yearly calendar of collections and see when and where you can donate!

June is Love Layettes!

For the month of June, we are looking for your church to help Pilgrim Congregational’s Love Layettes ministry.  
Developed out of the need to reach mothers with newborn babies and get help to them immediately, the Infant Layettes also familiarize the mother with the Small Children’s Closet at Pilgrim UCC. The layette contains information and phone numbers for the mother to call Christian Services and make an appointment if there is a need for additional clothing from Pilgrim.
Partnering with the hospital social workers and the Health Department, who make referrals for moms in need, Pilgrim UCC provides a LOVE Layette that contains all new clothing. The Christian Services office then follows up with a call to see if they need an appointment to Pilgrim for more clothing and to assess what other needs, they may have that can be met.
Items to Collect
  • Diapers & wet wipes
  • 2 sleepers
  • 2 daywear
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • 2 pair socks/booties
  • Oneieses
  • wash cloth
  • burp cloth
  • bib, hat, toy
  • blanket
  • board book
Layette Book Ideas (board books preferred)
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”& others by Bill Martin
  • “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
  • “Runaway Bunny” & others by Margaret Wise Brown
  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” & others by Eric Carle
  • “Freight Train” & others by Donald Crews
  • “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and others by Dr. Suess
Other Board Books by: Ezra Jack Keats, Sandra Boynton, Lucy Cousins, Carolyn Jayne Church, Alexandra Day, Richard Scarry, Don Freeman, Joyce Wan
 
Deliver Donations To: Pilgrim UCC, 125 S Pennsylvania, Lansing.  484-7434 (call for hours)
 
Instructions & Ideas
  • Collect new items for the layette. Place clothing in center of blanket, bring four corners together and tie with rubber band, fold ends over and tuck in for bow.
  • If the layette is specifically boy or girl colors, indicate which one with a sticker on the outside.
  • May is designated at Diaper and Layette Month, but you can do it any time.
  • This is a fun project for a women’s group or small group bible study. If you have a mother-daughter event, or other event, incorporate bringing layette items and putting them together as part of the event.
  • You can also collect individual items and give to Pilgrim who will put together layettes from the items.
  • You can collect money to donate to Pilgrim which they will use to purchase needed items.

Christian Services P.O. Box 22112, Lansing, MI 48909-2112