Saturday Sanctuary: A Ministry of Hospitality

A welcoming, all-inclusive community of neighbors;
A neighborhood witnessing to God’s reign,
equally sharing & receiving
the boundary breaking love of Christ
in the heart of Asheville!

On Saturday afternoons beginning in October and continuing through March, First Presbyterian of Asheville opens its Fellowship Hall during the hours of 9:00AM-3:30PM. Through this ministry of hospitality we offer a hot & nutritious meal as well as access to restrooms, movies & popcorn, books & games, prayer & conversation. Saturday Sanctuary is a neighborhood gathering where people can simply hang out, use the internet, charge a cell phone, listen to music, receive emergency clothing for cold weather, even food for your dog!

Because AHOPE is no longer open on weekend mornings, we are expanding our hours this season. We will open at 9 AM offering space for gathering and coffee. Lunch will still be served at 12:30PM.

Though housed at First Presbyterian, this ministry is a joint effort involving other faith communities as well as individual support from others in the neighborhood. As we seek to address the physical and spiritual needs of all present, Saturday Sanctuary welcomes all who want to support this effort of love.

Please use the form below to sign up for a shift! You can also sign up at the desk in the Foyer, or by calling 828-253-1431. 

The shift descriptions and persons needed are as follows:

  • KITCHEN SET AND PREP: 9:30-11:30 AM (4 volunteers - set-up, prep for lunch)
  • MORNING SHIFT: 9:00 - noon (3 volunteers - hospitality)
  • AFTERNOON  SHIFT 1: Noon - 2:00 PM (10-12 volunteers plus Lead - visit with neighbors, help serve lunch, wash trays, make coffee/popcorn. Everyone will have a chance to do different roles!)
  • AFTERNOON SHIFT 2: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm (6-8 volunteers plus Lead - visit with neighbors, serve lunch, make coffee/popcorn as needed, wash pots & pans, clean bathrooms & Fellowship Hall)
  • FRIDAY FOOD PREP: Most Fridays at 3:00 PM Mary Corley leads team of 3-4 with the weekly food preparations. Contact Mary directly to help.

To become a volunteer: While all are welcome to come and visit this ministry at any time, regular volunteers are expected to be trained. Contact Debbie Duncan  or Susan Neff if you are interested in being trained.



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Our season Fall 2017-Spring 2018 has ended, but you may use this form to indicate interest in participating in Fall 2018-Spring 2019!