Volunteer Opportunities at Hancock

We Are the Church.  Our church community, and the impact we have, depends on many volunteers. We serve together, have fun together, laugh and cry together, and make a difference in people’s lives.

A large part of our volunteer work occurs in our ongoing committees, where we plan and organize the life and work of the church. If you might be interested in serving, see our Hancock Committees page.

Many others help out as needed with individual tasks, often just a few hours at a time. Volunteering not only helps others, but is also a great way to meet others in the Hancock community, enjoy the pleasures of fellowship, and learn new skills.

Please contact leaders for any of the activities below that interest you. There’s no commitment to an inquiry. If you decide you’re interested, you can sign up to meet an immediate need or you can ask them to put you on a list to be contacted when help is needed in the future.


Serve Our Church Community

Getting ready to paint on a Prudential Work Day

Building/Grounds Projects
and Work Days

The Prudential Committee, which is responsible for the use, care, and maintenance of all church properties, seeks volunteers for occasional projects and Saturday morning work days. The projects can involve many of the talents that you already have, and include activities like cleaning and dusting, painting, woodworking/carpentry, window repair, patching plastered walls, mounting pictures/TVs, winterizing, yardwork  (including spreading mulch or raking leaves), and insulating pipes and small areas in the church. Contact Scott Martin or Doug Fisher for more information.

Congregational Care

For those seeking ways to build relationship and care for the members in our own congregation there are many ways to get involved, such as providing meals, delivering flowers, or helping to assist with rides to church events and worship. Contact our Congregational Care Coordinator for more information.

Flower Donations

The flowers that brighten the chancel each week are donated by church members in memory of loved ones. Volunteers are needed to make calls and emails to people to line up donations for one or two months a year.  We already have a list of people who have donated in the past, so most of the work is simply contacting those people to see if they would like to donate again (most do). The task itself is not too difficult and it’s a good way to get to know other members of the church. Contact Doug Teeter for more information.

Help with Social Gatherings, Memorial Services, and Other Events

Hancock sponsors many events where we learn, celebrate, or mourn together. Special coffee hours, lunches, and other meals bring us together as a community. A team of volunteer Hancock Angels is on call to provide receptions following memorial services. A variety of help is needed for all: baking, cooking, greeting and serving, setting up, and cleaning up. Contact Beth Schutt for more information.

150th Anniversary Celebration

Hancock is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017 and 2018.  You can volunteer by: helping with the Gala celebrations in October 2017 and October 2018; designing a float in the 2018 Patriot’s Day Parade; performing an act of service to achieve 150 Acts of Service (Fall 2017); organizing children’s activities throughout the year; making videos of church members; helping with publicity; and heading up individual tasks. Contact Candy McLaughlin for more information.


Hancock maintains five teams of ushers who assist with greeting and taking the collection at Sunday morning services. The teams work in a sequential order through the year and are staffed by 10-12 team members, with about six serving on any particular Sunday. Participating as a Hancock usher is a nice way to meet more of your Hancock community and to provide a service that is an important component of the Hancock experience. Contact Brian Keeping for more information.


Serve the World

Hancock Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

HEAT is a group of Hancock Church members and friends interested in environmental issues, particularly climate change. We share experiences and knowledge about the carbon impact of heating systems, transportation, and lifestyles. We communicate our knowledge to Hancock Church members and try to move our church and our membership toward lifestyles that are environmentally sustainable, and we communicate opportunities to organize politically in our town, our state, and our country toward the goal of creating an environmentally sustainable future. Contact Andy McClaine for more information or to be put on the HEAT mailing list.

Colorful goods for sale at the Holiday Fair

Hancock Holiday Fair

At our annual Hancock Holiday Fair in early December, we invite our charitable partners to set up a table and take the opportunity to tell us about their current projects, accept Christmas donations and/or sell items that support their work. We need people to help in advance as well as the day of the event. Tasks include: reaching out to our partners and inviting them to participate; coordinating publicity; setting up tables, chairs and tablecloths; helping people bring in their posters and items to the tables on the day of the fair; greeting people at the fair; and breaking down the tables and chairs afterwards. Contact Lisa Sandeen for more information.

Home Building

The Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity are two international organizations, both founded by our friend Millard Fuller, whose mission is that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Hancock has had a long history of working with both groups, ranging from a 10-day build in Hawaii to individual days working on a new home in Tewksbury. It’s an incredible experience; come and help a needy family with a gift that lasts a lifetime. No experience is needed – part of the fun is learning new skills – and complete newcomers are welcome. Contact Mike Kraley for more information.

Interfaith Garden

Interfaith Garden

The Interfaith Garden, located across from the Lexington Green, donates all its produce to the Lexington Food Pantry.  From March to October, Hancock sends 2-3 volunteers twice a month to work with like-minded folk to tend the garden on Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.  No experience needed!  Come help plant, weed, water, harvest, chat, laugh and build community as we grow nutritious fresh produce for those with food insecurity in our midst.  Contact Amy Swanson for more information.


Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry

Hancock Church provides four volunteers year-round on the second Saturday morning of every month (8:45-11:00) to the Lexington Food Pantry, helping clients shop for non-perishable foods like cereal, soup, and canned fruits and vegetables. It’s a great way to meet others from Hancock and be involved without a big time commitment. Volunteers must be high-school aged or older.  First timers welcome! Watch for announcements in the Hancock Herald or contact Susan Foley to join an upcoming Saturday team.

Rosie’s Place

Rosie's Team

Team of Youth and Adults at Rosie’s Place

Rosie’s Place, founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. Hancock has a 30-year history of partnership with Rosie’s Place coordinated by the Christian Service Committee. Currently, five months a year, volunteer shoppers purchase non-perishable breakfast foods at Costco or BJ’s.  Volunteers deliver these items, which are used in the kitchen or placed in the open pantry. In November, in recent years, our HYG members, with Hancock seminarians and parishioners, have dedicated a Saturday morning to cooking and serving a mid-day meal at Rosie’s. Contact Jim Weston for more information.


carmen with russell student

Carmen with a Russell School student.

Russell School

Hancock has a special relationship with Russell School in Dorchester, a Boston public elementary school.  There are many ways to help: volunteer in a classroom on a regular or occasional basis, or at a one-time event such as Field Day; share your knowledge about money management, child advocacy, or grant writing with the parents, kids, or school; or donate new and gently used school supplies, children’s books, backpacks and other appropriate items. Bring a smile to your face as you revel in the energy of children. Contact Carol Bukys for more information.