BPC – DARING TO SERVE
God has given each and every one of us special gifts that are meant to enrich the lives of others in the church, communities and the world. We believe that we are the head, heart, and hands of Jesus and that we are called to join in God’s restoration of the world. We have partnered with global & local mission organizations, as well as individual missionaries that allow us to serve and share the love of Christ. We would like to invite you to partner with us and make a lasting impact in our community and in our world.
VOLUNTEERING AT BIDWELL PRES
One of the best ways to get connected and be the head, heart, and hands of Jesus is to serve through one of our ministries or mission partners! There are several opportunities that we can help you get involved with and make a difference. We want to partner with you to find God’s plan & purpose for your life. If you are interested in missions, please take a look at our mission partners and let us know of your interest. Please note that all volunteers interacting with kids under 18 years of age must pass a background check before working with minors. If you are interested in volunteering at Bidwell Pres, please contact us by clicking the button below.
Each week several dedicated volunteers help welcome guests, teach children at Kidwell Park and Underground, keep our guests safe, operate sound, and everything in between. Countless opportunities exist for anyone to become involved and serve God by serving others. Below are just some of the volunteer opportunities BPC needs each week for Sunday mornings. If you are interested in a particular ministry, please contact us for helping you get connected.
Below are just some of the volunteer opportunities at Bidwell Pres. Check out our ministry pages for more volunteer opportunities where you can serve.
Join a consistent team that serves once a month, or volunteer to substitute as the need arises.
Team up with a family member or friend and spend 2-3 hours once a month preparing communion elements.
Serve one Sunday a month, helping to ensure a great worship experience for everyone who comes to our church.
Join a team that uses their gifts to prepare good food and create great opportunities to fellowship during the week, and on Sunday mornings.
From choir to the band, Bidwell Pres has several opportunities for musicians to volunteer and glorify God with their talent.
Sometimes the smallest people in our church need a little extra love and attention on Sunday mornings. Holding babies or playing with toddlers is a great way to serve. Serve during one service twice a month so you can still attend your preferred service for worship.
GLOBAL MISSION PARTNERS
AHI prepares vulnerable, unemployed young adults in Uganda to lead significant and productive lives that bless others. They do this through a 2-year journey of mentoring, character development, and vocational training.
Bridging the Gap by Giving is a Donor-Advised Foundation Fund under North Valley Community Foundation that raises awareness and funds for safe water projects in Africa. Our partners in the country are Lifewater International, TivaWater, and World Vision. We have provided 25,000 Africans with clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.
This Haitian run organization was founded over 36 years ago to serve the needy children of Haiti. BPC has supported its work for 18 years. Today it runs two homes, including one for severely disabled children, 2 elementary schools, one college, and a hospital.
One Mobile Projector per Trainer’s mission is to help educate the world’s poorest billion people with low-cost video technology. We envision a world where lack of infrastructure and illiteracy are no longer barriers to positive change, and where locally created video instruction and improvements in knowledge sharing fuel progress in impoverished communities. By equipping people with alternatively powered equipment and providing tailored, hands-on training we empower people to make the positive changes they need to improve their quality of life.
Agros International – Agros works with rural families in Central America and Mexico, breaking the cycle of poverty through a holistic development model of community organization, land ownership, housing and infrastructure, sustainable economic growth and community education.
An invisible crisis of violence is unfolding in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – causing families to flee for their lives. Cristosal protects individual families, and also works to hold governments accountable – transforming their countries into places where the vulnerable are taken into account and cared for.
New Life Homes began in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis and provide loving homes for 40 orphans, a preschool-7th-grade school and a 195-acre vegetable/animal farm for their food security and income generation.
Siloé Ministries is a Christian medical ministry serving in La Mision, Baja California and other poor communities in Mexico. They provide families in need with free health education, medical care, and Christ-centered counseling. They run a family medicine and dental clinic in La Mision, and host medical missions teams. A gift to Siloé will support our community clinic as well as health education outreach and events in nearby rural villages.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program that builds relationships between underprivileged/at-risk kids and mentors through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, and educational field trips.
Citrus Elementary School - Adopt a School Ministry
We partner with the teachers and students of Citrus School. The ministry is centered on giving hope to children by showing them God’s unconditional love and guiding them into becoming whole persons socially, intellectually and spiritually. Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Donations of your time, your talents, your prayers, and gifts are always appreciated. Read with a child, do science experiments with several children, play on the playground with children. The Bobcat Den is stocked by our church and the children spend Power Paws (vouchers) they earn for being responsible, respectful and safe. School supplies, bikes, holiday items, books, knickknacks, gently used clothing, jewelry, etc. are always welcome. Contact: Pam Wear – email@example.com
This is a campus ministry whose goal is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Kimberley Wun works alongside staff in Chico, Reno, Merced, and the Sacramento area.
This local church has a heart for Jesus and a dream to build a church that serves the community in practical and tangible ways.
Senior Home Maintenance
This ministry cares for people who need assistance due to aging, widowhood, disability, or illness. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love by being in relationship with others and by doing the work to repair and revive their homes and yards. Contact Ty Thresher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Life is an outreach ministry of building relationships with adolescents who are unfamiliar with who Jesus is and the Christian life. “Young Lives” is a ministry that provides relational support to teen moms.
The Chico Food Project is a fun and simple way to share food with the hungry in our community. A team member comes to your doorstep 6 times per year to pick up your blue bag filled with non-perishables and leave you an empty bag for the next pickup.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. With a little help, Habitat owners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
The Jesus Center is a local, faith-based non-profit organization serving people experiencing homelessness in our community. In response to the complexity of homelessness, hunger, and poverty, we work with our community to restore those suffering from isolation to community integration. We provide services including an emergency shelter for up to 25 women and children, daily & special holiday meals, trained resource specialists and vocational training for job readiness. Our transitional housing program has grown to include six houses for up to 40 men, women & children.
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs to the needy here in Chico and around the world. BPC has partnered with the local Salvation Army for over twelve years to prepare and serve Sunday dinners to those in need.
The Torres Shelter is a 140-bed shelter that also helps people improve their circumstances to get back on their feet. Members of Bidwell Presbyterian congregation have sponsored and served dinner to the homeless since 1998. The group has continued to serve at the Torres Shelter once a month since it was built in 2003. Currently, there are a number of Life Groups that share in this ministry.
BPC high school students travel outside of our own city for some perspective on how to be witnesses for Jesus regardless of location. Your gift helps a teen participate in this life-changing experience.