Get Involved

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10

God has blessed each of us with tremendous gifts. At the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, we’re blessed with numerous opportunities to use those gifts in service to God, our community, and each other. The following are some of the programs and groups within our church currently looking for volunteers and support. If you have any questions about one of these opportunities or would like to volunteer for one, please contact the church office unless otherwise noted.

Serve Jersey Shore

Serve Jersey Shore is an opportunity for churches throughout our region to improve our communities with creative service projects and acts of kindness. Throughout the week of August 4-10th, Jersey Shore area congregations will be mobilizing in their towns. As part of this effort, we invite you to join us on Friday, August 9th to help us serve our friends at Walnut St. Elementary School. We’ll be at the school from 9 am to 12:30 pm to help tend to the grounds and gardens.  This is a multi-generational, all-hands on deck effort! Sign-up in the Welcome Center or call the church office.

School Supply Collection 

We know school just wrapped up for the year and you’re transitioning into summer mode, but let’s talk school supplies. We will be collecting the following items for the Hope Center and Urban Promise starting this weekend through August 8th. Please consider donating the following new supplies:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebooks (1,3, and 5 subject) / Binders
  • Backpacks
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Loose-leaf Paper
  • Calculators

Thank you in advance for your help with this annual collection! You’ll find collection bins around the building beginning this weekend.

Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity

Every month 250 – 300 families in our community are served by The Food Pantry at The Hope Center. Many of you have donated canned goods and personal care items over the years to help the Pantry, help others. We thank you for your generosity and we encourage you to continue supporting this important mission with your kindness. The Food Pantry at the Hope Center is also seeking volunteers willing to spend time each week sorting donations, stocking shelves, and assisting clients. Can you help? You can call the Hope Center for more information or you can contact the church office and we’ll help get you in touch with someone who can get you started.

Welcome Center Volunteer

As a Welcome Center Volunteer, you have the opportunity to warmly connect with people who come to PCTR.  Volunteers will do such things as wish someone a good morning, provide a helpful answer to their question, or give them a handout with information about a particular ministry or upcoming event. Click here to see the current schedule and volunteer for an upcoming shift – whether for this weekend or for a time in the more distant future.

Piano Players Needed!

We’re looking for people to play piano at for our Nursing Home Services, as well as for the Communion Services we do at Harrogate and Crestwood Manor. Each time several classic hymns are chosen for the residents to sing. Anyone can play the piano at a very basic level and above is encouraged to participate. If you have an hour to join us 2 to 3 times a year, or you’d like to get more information, please contact Vivian Burns or the church office.

Sound Booth Volunteers

We’re blessed with a fantastic group of volunteers that run the slides and LiveStream feed during worship, but we can always use a few more team members. If you’re interested in joining our team, contact Scott Slawson.  We’ll train you and get you on the schedule!

Ushering Guild

When you arrive for worship each weekend, you’re greeted with a smile by one of our ushers. That hearty good morning, as you receive your bulletin, is a wonderful way to begin the service, isn’t it? If you’d like to be part of offering that service to others, consider joining our Ushering Guild! Contact the office to find out how you can help. We’re looking for individuals who are seeking an occasional or regular commitment to serve the congregation.