How Can We SERVE As A Community Group?

Matthew 20:28 reminds us that Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve others. Putting the needs of others before your own as a Community Group is a great way to be more like Jesus. Check out the list of opportunities below and pick a few options for your group this season!

Serve in the Community.

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Phone: (515) 282-4822
About: Freedom for Youth Ministries, founded in Des Moines in 2003, is a non-profit on a mission to reach Iowa’s youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our role is to unite and empower Christian communities to reach young people from kindergarten through 22-years-old with programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships. Our programs include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, and supportive employment training all centered on the message of Jesus Christ’s saving grace.

Meals for the Heartland

Phone: (877) 457-6384
About: Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

Hope Ministries

Phone: (515) 265-7272
About: Hope Ministries has been serving people in need in central Iowa since 1915. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life recovery programs for men, women and children out of seven ministry centers around Des Moines.

Alpha Women’s Center

Phone: (515) 965-7885
About: Alpha Women’s Center is a Christian organization that seeks to help women who find themselves unexpectedly expecting. We offer practical, material, emotional, and spiritual support. 


Phone: (515) 288-5699
About: Joppa helps homeless people survive, find housing, and rebuild their lives. Our mission is to create communities of unconditional love, support and hope for the homeless as we work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness.

Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Phone: (515) 284-5719
About: Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ Mission is to provide low-barrier shelter, meals and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

Ruth Harbor Ministries

Phone: (515) 279-4661
About: Ruth Harbor Ministries provides Christ-centered homes, programs and comprehensive services resulting in positive life change for young moms who are facing unplanned pregnancies or parenting young children.

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

Phone: (515) 282-9377
About: YESS provides a safety net of programs designed to help kids when they need it most, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, mental health counseling, and care coordination. As Iowa’s largest provider of emergency services for youth, the agency connects more than 2,000 children per year with healing and hope.

Serve at Saylorville.

Rise Up

Contact: Darlene Whims
About: Rise Up is a ministry to the physically and mentally handicapped in Central Iowa that includes Bible stories and lessons, music, crafts, puppet shows, and much more. Our goal is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to the physically and mentally handicapped. 

Coffee Cove

Contact: Abe Miller
Phone: (515) 371-1466
About: Coffee Cove is a ministry between services during our Sunday morning worship. Provided during coffee are donuts, fruit, coffee, and water. Coffee Cove includes purchasing fruit, preparing the food, serving the food, and clean-up.  

Saylorville Seniors

Contact: Arlan Thorson
Phone: (515) 289-1852
About: The Saylorville Seniors ministry is dedicated to helping our older generation continue to fellowship with other like-minded believers. Serve the Saylorville Seniors by doing things like yard work, Christmas caroling, or going to visit them. Contact Arlan to discuss the current needs of the Seniors group.

Facility Work Project

Contact: Mark Rice
Phone: (515) 360-6460
About: Mark Rice is the head of building and grounds at Saylorville Church. Contact Mark for possible opportunities to help complete projects around the facility and grounds. 

Nursery Clean-up 

Contact: Alice Bear
Phone: (515) 975-5764
About: Alice is the Children’s Ministry Assistant at Saylorville Church. Nurseries often require cleaning and sanitizing throughout the year to prevent spread of disease between children. Contact Alice for possible needs. 

Helping other COMMUNITY Groups

Contact: Jason Jackson
Phone: (570) 815-2809
About: Jason Jackson is the Pastor of Discipleship at Saylorville Church. Contact Jason for possible opportunities to help out a Community Group in need (moving, yard work, financially, etc…). 

Counseling Ministries

Contact: Curt DeGraaff
Phone: (515) 473-4121
About: Curt DeGraaff is the Family and Counseling Pastor at Saylorville Church. Many individuals, couples, and families are going through counseling with Pastor Curt at any given time. Pastor Curt is often made aware of great needs (physical, financial, and spiritual) in the lives of those he counsels. Contact Curt for any opportunities he might be able to share regarding the needs of those he is counseling. 

Seasonal Events

Contact: Lisa Johnson
Phone: (515) 988-8458
About: Lisa Johnson is the Office Administrator and works with all major events at Saylorville Church. Needs arise for these events like preparation, setup, serving at the event, clean-up, and more. Contact Lisa for the possible needs of an event at Saylorville Church.

Saylorville Missions

Contact: Josh Anderson
Phone: (515) 975-6320
About: Josh Anderson is the director of the Missions Committee at Saylorville Church. Josh is in contact with all the missionaries Saylorville Church currently supports. Contact Josh for possible opportunities to come along side and encourage one of these missionaries.

Foster Care Ministries

Contact: Jason and Alisha Parmerlee
About: Jason and Alisha are the contacts for the Foster Care ministry at Saylorville Church. Contact Alisha for ways in which your group can serve children and families who are currently in the foster care system. Have your group follow the Facebook page to help stay in touch with current needs in the foster care community at Saylorville Church. Opportunities include babysitting, financial gifts, clothes, furniture and more. 

Summer Camp Scholarships

Contact: Lisa Bakke 
About: Consider “Adopting” a Saylorville Student and funding their way to camp. This is an easy way to financially bless a family of a student. Maybe you could give a scholarship to the student that helps your group with childcare throughout the year. 

Serve in your Neighborhood.

Encourage your group to be serving their neighbors. Make the effort to be present in your communities by planning service nights in your different neighborhoods.  

  • Rake leaves/Yard work
  • Deliver treats
  • Christmas carol
  • Help neighbors move
  • Have a bonfire and invite your neighbors
  • Etc.


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