Like any organization, it takes a lot of hands to make everything work. Some of our volunteers help with our Sunday morning worship experience. Others help with facility upkeep. As a church, however, some of our most important work is done in the community, sharing God’s love in real and practical ways.
Listed below are many different volunteer opportunities within the community of the church. Getting involved in the life of the church is not just about filling a spot. It’s about individuals giving back in response to the many blessings that God has given.
We invite you to peruse the list and, if God is calling you to a specific ministry or task, please don’t hesitate to contact Pastor John or the church office and volunteer to help.
Sunday Morning Worship
Liturgist – If you are comfortable speaking in front of crowds, you can become one of our liturgists. Every week, a liturgist assists the pastor during worship by reading scripture and leading the congregation in prewritten prayers.
Children’s Time – If you like having a conversation with children, you can become one of our Children’s Time leaders. Every other week, one of our Children’s Time leaders teaches a special, interactive 3 – 5 minute lesson to the children during worship. Often the congregation gets as much out of the Children’s Time message as the children do. Patience and the ability to deal with a variety of ages in a concise way is essential.
Greeters – If you are a friendly person who likes to say hi to everyone, you can become one of our greeters. Every week, one or two greeters welcome everyone as they enter the worship space and help direct people to bathrooms and child care. They are the face of the church and make great first impressions for visitors.
Ushers – If you are friendly and like to be helpful, you can become one of our ushers. They help people find a seat, show people how to use our hard-of-hearing system, bring handheld microphones to people to use during announcements and sharing prayer concerns or joys, and point the way to the bathrooms, child care, and other places as needed. They also help collect the offering and are ready in case an emergency of any level occurs.
Acolytes: If you have someone special in your life that is between the ages 7 – 12, they can be one of our acolytes. Every week, one or two acolytes help light the candles on the altar right before the worship service starts and then return to put them out at the end of the worship service. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in worship.
Fellowship Time Host: If you like to make desserts and healthy snacks, you can sign up to be a fellowship time host. After church, we gather on patio for a light snack and time to greet and meet each other. Each week a host signs up to bring snacks and treats for this gathering time.
Altar Flowers: Sign-ups are available for each week. Once you sign up, simply show up that Sunday morning with a beautiful bouquet of your choice to help decorate the altar. When church is over, you are welcome to take the bouquet home with you. Flowers can be in memory or honor of a family member or simply to beautify the worship space.
Altar Care: There is a small amount of maintenance required every few weeks. The candles burn a liquid paraffin which needs to be refilled about once a month. On the first Sunday of each month, we serve communion and the cups and plates used need to be washed and dried after church that day. The altar is also decorated with a large colored cloth called a parament. This is changed several times throughout the year to reflect the changing seasons of the church calendar.
All of our volunteers in Children’s ministries must undergo an online background check and short training video. They also must be regular attendees of the church. However, parents and visitors are always welcome to visit our classrooms to check on their kids and just see what they are up to.
Sunday School Teachers: If you are good with kids and like to help them learn and understand God’s love, then you can become one of our Sunday school teachers. Teams of two teachers volunteer for one Sunday a month. After being a part of the church and completing a simple background check online, teachers are assigned a partner and a week of the month to volunteer.
Nursery Care: If you are good with small children and babies, this may be the position for you. Volunteers are assigned a Sunday on a rotating basis to provide care for our smallest visitors each Sunday.
Faith Weaver Friends: This Wednesday afternoon program requires multiple adult volunteers to lead games, crafts, special projects, and provide a meal for the kids. If you are a regular worship attender and are willing to do the background check, just stop by on a Wednesday afternoon and see how the program works.
The trustees take care of the church assets, including the facilities. Like your home, there’s always maintenance and upkeep to do, and you can help!
Work Parties: Four times a year, the Trustees organize a Saturday morning work party. They might weed, paint, clean, or work on any number of projects that require a large group to complete. Our March 17, 2018, work party focused on cleaning the sanctuary for Easter. Join the trustees June 16, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15! RSVP and get more information about the priorities here.
Projects: The Trustees are also always looking for individuals to complete smaller tasks such as replacing light bulbs, hanging a paper towel dispenser, etc. If you are handy and willing to help, the Trustees would really appreciate it. Volunteer here!
Missions and Outreach
The work of Missions and Outreach is to make the lives of others better through sharing God’s love in a real and practical way.
Mission Fundraising: During the fellowship time, members of the mission team sell special products such as “Free-Trade” coffee. This coffee is purchased through a special program that pays the actual farmers a fair price for their product. The proceeds from these sales go to support the other projects of the Mission team.
Mission Teams: Through district and conference groups, members of our church and interested friends participate in short- and long-term mission teams. The South District Mission team goes for a week somewhere in the United States to help rebuild homes after natural disasters. Smaller weekend teams are formed from time to time to work in Tecate, Mexico.
Open Door Dinners: Volunteers from across Ramona help serve meals at the Grange Hall in downtown Ramona. Our church is responsible on a quarterly basis for one of those meals. On the 3rd Monday of February, May, August, and November, we prepare food at our church and bring it over to the Grange to serve members of the community, and help with clean-up. Help in all of these stages is appreciated.
Good Samaritan Food Closet: In the entryway of the church, we keep a small cabinet filled with nonperishable food supplies. Volunteers are needed occasionally to restock when the contents get sparse. Volunteers usually clean out the cabinet a couple of times a year to remove any outdated food items.
Heifer Project: Primarily a children’s mission project, quarters are collected on a regular basis to donate to Heifer International. This group works to send livestock to developing countries. Their intention is to give families and villages an ongoing source of food and financial resources, rather than simply sending food supplies.
The turkey feast is held around the first weekend of November. It serves hundreds of people from the community, many of whom eat for free. It requires a great number of volunteers. Volunteers take care of advertising, collecting food donations, buying supplies, setting up the room, cooking, serving, ticket collecting, and cleaning-up afterwards.
The rummage sale usually takes place around the second weekend of September. Volunteers come in throughout the week days to sort and price everything. They also work during the event on Friday and Saturday to help customers find items, and load larger items as well as keep track of financial transactions.
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