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Serving

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Rebekah Kennedy
Director of Serving & First Impressions
rkennedy@calvarygr.org

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.

Steps to get Started:

  1. From the list below connect with the Coordinator of that area. We will meet with you about our volunteer opportunities & answer any questions you may have.
  2. If you already know where you want to serve, complete a Volunteer Application to apply for a position. We will notify you once it is processed.
  3. Welcome to the Team Email.
  4. Orientation of Role.
  5. Select Serving Assignments/Shifts.
  6. Start Serving!

If you have any questions along the way, contact Rebekah Kennedy.

Needs of the Church

Painting

  • Days/Times of painting projects are flexible. Come in your painting clothes & we will provide all the supplies.
  • Coordinator: Tom Eggleston

Facilities Maintenance

  • Days/times of projects are flexible. Assist in keeping facility operating for ministry use by using general maintenance and trade skills for repairs, small projects, etc.
  • Coordinator: Ken Meines

Facilities Custodial

  • Days/Times of painting projects are flexible. Assist in keeping the facility clean and ready for ministry by dusting, cleaning glass/counters, vacuuming, resetting classrooms, etc.
  • Coordinator: Jon Nuenke

Grounds

  • 1-2 hours a week, days/times are flexible. Assisting in caring for the church grounds by weeding planting beds, mowing lawn, etc.
  • Coordinator: Dave DeGraaf

Sunday Morning

  • Serve a group of kids birth – 4th grade throughout the year. You may serve weekly or bi-weekly.
  • Coordinator: Zach Schmuck
  • Serve kids 5th-6th grade throughout the year. You may serve weekly or bi-weekly.
  • Coordinator: David Prichard

Tuesday Morning

  • Serving with a group of children birth-six years old, during Tuesday morning Bible Study. September – May from 9:15 – 11:15am with holiday breaks.
  • Coordinator: Donna Ross

Wednesday Evening

  • Serve a group of kids that are birth – 4th grade during Calvary Kids programming year, September – April from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
  • Coordinator: Liz Thelen
  • Serve a group of kids 5th- 6th grade during the Calvary Kids programming year, September – April from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
  • Coordinator: David Prichard

Thursday Morning

  • Serving with a group of kids birth-six years old, during Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). September – May from 9:00 – 11:15am with holiday breaks. MOPS is held on the first, third & fifth Thursday of the month.
  • Coordinator: Donna Ross

First Impressions Volunteers

  • Café Greeters
    Warmly welcome those that come to the Gathering Place for coffee. Assist those that may need an extra hand.
  • Connection Point
    Warmly welcome those that visit the Connection Point. Assist in answering questions they have about Calvary & getting involved.
  • Guides
    Guide guests to classrooms, nurseries, etc. Working closely with volunteers in the Welcome Center and Connection Point to assist those in need.
  • Outside Greeters
    Welcome and assist guests as they enter the main entrances. Assist those that are being dropped off. Helping by reporting any medical or security concerns that develop outside.
  • Welcome Center
    Provide a warm welcome for those that are entering the Sanctuary. Answer questions that may arise throughout the day.

 

 

Café Servers

  • Assist with the serving of coffee, beverages and treats in the Gathering Place. Setting, replenishing and cleanup of the Gathering Place and kitchen.
  • Coordinator: Stacy Armbrester

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

Parking Lot Attendants

  • Help direct 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: Ken Meines

Ushers

  • Warmly welcome those coming to worship with us. Assist in finding seats, handing out bulletins, assist with tithes and offering.
  • Coordinator: Christie Thompson

Prison Ministry

  • Serve in either an area prison or Kent County Jail (Ionia, Bellamy Creek, Handlon, Brooks, Muskegon) worship service one Sunday a month. Be part of the worship team, read scripture or pray. Those that serve in this area must provide their own transportation & complete a background check.
  • Coordinator: Ardo Draper

Neighbors International

  • Friendship Family
      • Meeting with students once a month for dinner or activity (game night, shopping, bowling, etc). Pray for them on a regular basis & connect with them once a week. Training is provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates
  • Van Driver
      • Drive students from their location to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the Neighbors International Banquet in the fall. Valid driver’s license is needed. Training & support is provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates
  • Airport Greeter
      • Serve on Sunday afternoons or evenings to greet international college students as they arrive at the Grand Rapids Airport. Assist students in finding their luggage and to get a taxi. A gift for the student will be provided. Training and support for the volunteer will also be provided.
      • Coordinator: Sonja Yeates

Language Cafe

  • In the Gathering Place every Thursday 6:30-8:00pm, practice English with international individuals from the Grand Rapids area. Games & conversational topics are provided. Social activities are also planned throughout the year.
  • Coordinator: Gary and Linda Rodenburg

Assist those of varied ages and abilities on Sunday Mornings, Wednesdays Nights and specific events during the week. Additional serving opportunities are Prayer Warrior, Technical Support and Greeters.

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 evening & Sunday mornings. 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

College

  • Serve as an ambassador & friend who is willing to connect with the college age young adults at Calvary Church. We have opportunities to serve during the College Live session on Thursday evenings or with the College Lunch team on Sunday. There are also opportunities to mentor an individual or small group. If you have love & hospitality to give to this age group, we look forward to working with you.
  • Coordinator: Lee Bergakker

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 and orchestra are Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings. The praise band rehearses on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings. The team is asked to participate in both services on Sunday. There is an application, audition & short interview to participate.
  • Coordinator: Christie Thompson