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Rebekah Kennedy
Director of Serving & First Impressions

How will you invest your time and talents?

God has given each of us spiritual gifts, talents, and areas of passion, and He invites us to steward them well by serving His church and our broken world.

Whether it’s serving the local community through our Care Center; leading a small group for students or adults; greeting guests before a weekend service; or serving behind-the-scenes with our production teams, you can make a difference in the lives of others when you get plugged into a serving role you love. And you’ll make lasting friendships along the way. If you have any questions along the way, contact Rebekah Kennedy.

Steps to get Started:

  1. From the list below, prayerfully consider where you may serve.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application to apply for the serving position.
  3. Once your application is processed, we will contact you for an interview.
  4. You will than receive an “approved volunteer” email with instructions on orientation to Calvary & to the new role.
  5. Start Serving!

Orientation of Calvary:
Once you receive your Welcome Email about starting to serve, your ministry will have some trainings set up to familiarize you with your new role. To help prepare you for your role as a volunteer, we wanted to provide you with some orientation information on Calvary. We hope the videos below will prepare you for this role and any role you may serve with Calvary in the future.

Welcome to the Calvary Volunteer Team

History of Calvary

Needs of the Church

Facilities: Custodial

  • Adopt a Room. Individual or group that takes ownership of a room(s) or an area each week doing thorough cleaning. It can be once or twice a week in 2 hour periods. Scheduling is based on room use and availability.
  • Office Detail Team. Individual or group cleaning private offices once a week. Some have found it a nice time to pray for staff while detail cleaning their offices. If you are connected to a ministry, you could consider serving them this way. Availability Monday – Thursday 5:00pm- 8:00pm in 2 hour periods.
  • Carpet Spot Cleaning. Individual using a commercial carpet machine to clean up spills, spots, and stains. Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 3:00PM in 2 hour periods.
  • Restroom Detail Team. Two person team to clean multiple restrooms using commercial equipment. Monday – Thursday in 2 hour periods.
  • Window Cleaning Team. Individual or group that takes ownership of an area of windows, inside or outside, each month doing the thorough cleaning. Scheduling is based on volunteer availability and weather.

           Coordinator: Ken Meines

Facilities: Maintenance

  • Vacuum Preventive Maintenance. This is an individual that weekly services the vacuum and carpet cleaners keeping them operating in top performance. This can be done on a flexible schedule and can take 2-3 hours a week.
  • Painting Team. Individual or group that perform ongoing maintenance painting projects. This team flexes around the events schedule and serves a couple times a month. Individuals on this team have experience in painting large walls of various types and trim work.
  • Shop / Tool Person. Individual to keep things clean and organized. Serve a couple hours a week sweeping, cleaning, organizing the maintenance facility.
  • Project Team. Individual or group that work to perform repair and maintenance needs around the church. The projects vary from general handyman to trade skills like electrical, plumbing and carpentry. They are done on an as need basis depending on skill and time available.
  • HVAC/R Preventative Maintenance. Individual with HVAC knowledge in replacing air filters, greasing bearings and performing other preventive tasks. These items are done on a quarterly basis and would be scheduled around the events in the building.
  • Pickup /Delivery Person. Individual to drive and do miscellaneous errands. This is an on-call position that would require having a Calvary approved driver level.
  • Equipment Maintenance Team. Individual to maintain small equipment and perform preventive maintenance . This would be scheduled weekly during the main growing season.
  • Vehicle Preventive Maintenance Team. Individual to keep vehicles looking and running nice. This person performs weekly vehicle safety check, gassing, cleaning, and would take vehicles in for service.

           Coordinator: Ken Meines

Facilities: Grounds

  • Mowing Team.  Individuals come on a scheduled time each week to take care of their zone. The grounds are broken down into zones that take about 2 hours to mow.
  • Edging /Trimming Team. Individual to put the finishing touches on the lawn. The grounds are broken up into zones that take about 2 hours to edge or trim. Individuals come on a scheduled time each week to take care of their zone.
  • Irrigation Team. Individual or group that repair and maintain underground sprinkler systems. You would be in charge of start up in late April and check for broken heads and make repairs. Check operation each month, making adjustments for best water use. In October you would help winterize the system by blowing out the lines with compressed air.
  • Flower Bed / Planter Team. Group of people that work both independently and together to care for the planting beds and planters around the property keeping them looking nice for all our visitors. Members of the team serve a couple hours most weeks during the growing season.
  • Bush / Shrub Team. This is best done with two people and takes a couple hours a week during late summer and into the early fall. This team shapes the bushes around the property and cuts back the grasses at the end of the growing season.
  • Curb / Leaf Cleanup Team. This is best done with two people and takes a few hours once a month during the summer and more frequently during the fall leaf clean up time. Scheduling is flexible.
  • Snow Removal Team. Weekend snow removal team members are on call every third weekend (Saturday & Sunday) to assist in clearing the snow and keeping it slip free.

           Coordinator: Ken Meines

Sunday Morning

Nursery-4th Grade: 10:15pm-12:00pm. Volunteers can serve every week or serve the 1,3,5 Sundays or 2,4 Sundays of every month.

  • Roles
    • Team Leaders-oversees the needs of each classroom
    • Room Leader/Teacher that runs the classroom
    • Room Helpers-assists room leaders
    • On-call substitute volunteer
    • Tech support-as needed


Wednesday Night Kids-N-Action(for kids birth through 4th grade) 

September 15 – April 27 

6:30pm-7:45pm (volunteers come at 6:00pm)

Join us on Wednesday nights as we train and encourage kids to put their faith in action! Volunteering with KNA is like spending Wednesday nights with family — we have a blast in large group lesson, our elective rotations, and small group time!


  • Lil’ KNA (nursery and preschool) volunteers will get to play with littles all night!
  • Room Leaders will be responsible for their small group. They will be expected to be the initiator of all small group activities and discussions, with the help of their room helpers.
  • Room Helpers will have the chance to engage with the kids in their small groups and assist in all small group activities and discussions.

Coordinator: Kirsten DeMoss

School Year Fall-Spring 2021

Sensory room and inclusion helper: Sensory Room or Classroom, Sunday 10:20 am-12:00 pm, Every other week or every week (September 2021-June 2022).

  • Helping children of various physical needs learn about Jesus in a safe and welcoming environment. Inclusion is helping with participation in large group worship or one-on-one support during small group in an age appropriate classroom or the sensory room. A person best suited to this role would be comfortable with (or willing to learn about) a variety of abilities and willing to share Jesus through one on one time.

Contact: Judi Warner

Midweek Daytime Serving Children & Moms

Women’s Ministry offers two opportunities during the week for moms; Tuesday Bible Study and Embrace Moms. During these programs our nursery is active with songs and Bible stories in Tuesday Kids and Embrace Kids. Every Tuesday and many Thursday mornings from September through May.


  • Caregivers who can play with and care for children ages 6 and under.
  • Must be able to pick up a child from the floor and carry babies.
  • Women and men are welcome to join our team.
  • We have a flexible schedule for our volunteers and we will work with the days that you are available to serve.
  • Contact Donna to start the application and interview process.

Coordinator: Donna Ross or call 616-956-9377, ext. 5186.

First Impressions Volunteers

  • Welcome Team
    Warmly welcome & answer questions of quests that come to worship on Sunday Morning. Serving opportunities include Greeter, Welcome Center or Connection Point.
  • Ushers
    Warmly welcome guests into the sanctuary. Assist guests to their seats.
  • Parking Lot Attendants
    Assist with directing traffic flow to provide order and safe entry to worshipers along with welcoming guests and alerting the safety team of any medical or security concerns.

Coordinator: Rachel Walker

Emergency Response Team

  • This team includes security & medical support. A high level of observation is needed in order to maintain a safe worship environment. Additional certification may be required.

Coordinator: Don Tuuri

  • Embrace Grace: This program is for single moms who have chosen life for their babies. Volunteers have the opportunity to encourage a new mom in various ways. Our volunteer slots are for one semester, either for fall (Aug – Dec) or spring (Jan – May). 
    • Meals for new moms. 
    • Baby shower gifts.
    • Prayer warriors.

          Contact: Christina Leskovar

  • International Ministry: We are in need of a few van drivers to continue providing reliable transportation to Calvin students for the 10:45 am Sunday worship service. This is a fun way to serve and encourage students as they adjust to life in Grand Rapids.

          Contact: Vida Wilson

  • Prison Ministry: We are looking for pen pals! This ministry is an important opportunity to reach out to those incarcerated who want to grow in their faith and connect with fellow believers. If you would like to write notes of encouragement and share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a brother in need, right from your own home, then consider joining our team. We provide training and support along the way.

          Contact: Vida Wilson

  • Renew Crew: Are you handy around the house? Like to fix things or enjoy a day outside tidying up the yard? Then join our Renew Crew! We are looking for volunteers to help with trade work for example electrical, flooring, drywall as well as more general tasks including fixing doorknobs, painting, yard work, and moving furniture. If you are looking for a tangible way to make a difference in God’s kingdom.

          Contact: Renew Crew or call (616) 956-5648.

Serve with one of our local partners in the Grand Rapids area:

Alpha Grand Rapids – this organization has a variety of needs for the fall:

  • Spanish Speaking Mentors and Coaches
  • Childcare:
    • Monday – 9:30am-12:30pm  (Most Needed)
    • Tuesday – 10:30am-1:00pm (lunch provided)
    • Wednesday – 9:30am-12:30pm  (Most Needed)
    • Thursday – 10:00am-11:30am
    • Friday – 9:15am-1:00pm or 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Cook for GED Wednesday lunches, possibly even Friday.
  • Cook for Tuesday Single Mom Support Group
  • A man to drive our ESL program
  • A teacher for Group de Mamas Latinas (every other Tuesday)
  • Toy Packer

Training is provided to make sure you feel fully equipped for these important roles. If you want more information about volunteering, click here to reach out to Alpha Grand Rapids.

Dégagé Ministries – here are a few of their tangible needs with the most important request being the food items and meals: 

  • Contribute financially to help cover additional costs for sanitizing supplies, carpet cleaning, food, etc. 
  • Donate items that can be used for to-go meals such as water bottles, containers, and individually packaged foods such as chips and fruit. Additional items can be found on our Amazon wish list. 
  • Sign-up to donate a meal. We are in need of casseroles produced in a commercial kitchen. You may sign-up here or contact 

School Year Fall-Spring 2021

Sensory room and inclusion helper: Sensory Room or Classroom, Sunday 10:20 am-12:00 pm, Every other week or every week (September 2021-June 2022).

  • Helping children of various physical needs learn about Jesus in a safe and welcoming environment. Inclusion is helping with participation in large group worship or one-on-one support during small group in an age appropriate classroom or the sensory room. A person best suited to this role would be comfortable with (or willing to learn about) a variety of abilities and willing to share Jesus through one on one time.

Coordinator: Judi Warner

Seventh & Eighth

  • There are various needs within the 7th & 8th Ministry: Co-lead a small group, provide tech and sound support, facilitate worship, mentor a student, or host us for an event. 7th & 8th meets regularly on Wednesday evenings and events are also scheduled throughout the year.

Coordinator: Ann Bagley

High School

  • In the high school ministry, our aim is to create a place for students to encounter Jesus, enjoy meaningful relationships with their peers, receive encouragement from older believers who are passionate about their faith, make memories that become defining moments, and embrace their place in the large church – all while having the most possible fun in community together. Leaders serve in youth group on Sundays 6:00-9:00PM. Volunteers are also encouraged to build relationships with students during events or organize hangout time with their small groups. We look forward to having you serve as a volunteer with the high school ministry or partnering with us in some other way.

Coordinator: Josh Karhan

Tech Support

  • Responsible for advancing video wall slides & moderating our online chat for service streamed online. Training & support will be provided. This position is for Sunday mornings.

Coordinator: Mark Kotlarczyk

Worship Team

  • Rehearsals for choir, orchestra, and praise band are Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings. The team is asked to participate in both services on Sunday. There is an application, audition & short interview to participate.

Coordinator: Christie Thompson