Gifts and Presence -- Opportunities for Offering Ourselves
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives everyone ability for particular service. The Spirits presence is shown in some way in each person, for the good of all.
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
Please consider offering yourself in any of the tasks that support our life together as a community of faith.
Altar Guild Members operate in teams. Duties are divided between Saturday mornings and Sundays during worship and include preparing the communion ware, helping to robe assisting ministers and acolytes, cleaning up and putting items away after worship. This is an important behind-the-scenes opportunity to serve and to get better acquainted with fellow members.
Assisting Minister Help set the table, read the prayers and serve communion. These volunteers are important to our celebration of the Sacrament, and more are much needed. Two assist at every service. Pastor Rooney will do this training at your convenience.
Back Door Hospitality Sit at the back door to welcome and assist those who need help with the door. This service is extremely important as an additional security function. We have two shifts each Sunday and require someone at each special service.
Choir Make a joyful noise to the Lord with voice or bells. Most vocal choir rehearsals are Sunday mornings. Bells rehearse Thursday evenings. Summers off.
Greeter Be present in the lower narthex between services to welcome everyone and assist visitors.
Lower Narthex Sunday Security We have a great need for more volunteers with this important task of simply keeping an eye on the door and locking up after late service. We have two shifts every Sunday.
Nursery Assistant Serve with another adult to care for our little ones (babies through kindergarteners) during worship. Some training in safety procedures is provided, but easily done on a Sunday morning. This is a much-needed service for the worship life of our young families.
Pew Care Serve with a partner to straighten hymnals, replace pew cards and pencils. This need not be done Sunday, and takes less than an hour.
Presenter Carry the communion elements to the front of the church with the offering.
Readers Read the lessons during worship. Lessons are mailed for you to see prior to your assigned Sunday. The printed copy on the lectern is in large type. New readers may schedule a practice run to adjust their volume if they wish.
Ushers Hand out bulletins, collect and present offerings, direct visitors. Six are needed at each service. Ushers serve in a team, one month at a time, twice a year. More volunteers would lessen the pressure on those already serving and allow more flexibility for everyone if they have to miss a Sunday or serve elsewhere. We will happily give training or a refresher course to anyone who wishes to help!
Opportunities include teaching, assisting or preparing materials for an adult or youth Sunday School class, serving as a shepherd or other Sunday School leader, making bulletin boards, helping with Vacation Bible School or hosting a Bible study.
Opportunities include hosting the coffee table; planning and preparing for events such as Lenten meals, parish retreat, Advent crafts, summer Sunday breakfasts, special receptions and other celebrations.
Opportunities include helping with social ministries such as Our Daily Bread, Heifer Project, Crop Walk, Disaster Response, Itete Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and the Lutheran Home.
In Congregational Care:
Opportunities include making hospital visits, providing rides for shut-ins, serving as a lay Eucharistic minister or preparing meals for members who are ill or recovering.
In Other Areas:
Opportunities and gifts in other areas you might bring to the ministry of Christ Church. (Ex: Skills in technology, construction, maintenance, gardening, photography, the arts)