Servant Opportunities

Small churches operate and thrive based on the investment of the regular attenders in the church and in each other.  All of the services The Water’s Edge provides for both our children and our adult attenders on any given Sunday are made possible entirely by the willingness of our regular attenders (and especially our members) to be in service to each other.

It’s not just practical for our members and regular attenders to serve each other in this way– it’s also Biblical.  Here are a number of verses to ponder on this point:
 
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Galatians 5:13-14
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:18
“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:12-13
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …” Philippians 2:1-11
“And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
 

Below, you can see the number of service volunteers that we would like to have in order to make serving a positive experience, especially in how often people are called to sacrifice their time and energy.

You will also see short descriptions of what each service position (or position type)’s responsibilities are, in order to help folks figure out both where they might be a good fit or might enjoy serving the body.

If you have willingness to serve, please contact Dan and he will help facilitate getting you prepared and on the schedule.
 

Service Positions and Descriptions

Prayer Nursery: Ideally four to six people (two to three pairs of adults)

Prayer 4yrs – 2nd: Ideally two to four people (one to two leads and one to two assistants)

Prayer 3rd – 5th: Ideally two to four people (one to two leads and one to two assistants)

All of the Prayer Hour service positions are meant to help us continue to grow in our desire to be a praying church.  Nursery workers help to monitor and care for our youngest attenders. This involves arriving early Sunday mornings (at 8:30am) to bring up the bins of toys, etc from the Hobbit Hole and set up the classroom, supervise and playing with the child, handle diapering and toileting, and then straighten the room back up before service nursery begins.  The adults working with the two classes totaling ages 4 and up are primarily teaching our children about the importance of prayer and how to pray for each other.  Lead teachers are required to be members but assistants don’t have the same requirement.  Both teachers are responsible for bringing the tote of materials up to the class room on time and have a lesson prepared (which is provided by the Children’s Ministry Team.)  Children usually have a lesson time along with prayer and then straighten up the room for next class. Assistants need to help reign the kids in, keep them on task, aid in escorts to the bathroom, etc., to help the lesson flow smoothly.

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Nursery (adults): Ideally twelve people (six pairs of two adults)

Nursery (youth): The more youth, the merrier.  Ideally, all of our youth would move into volunteer service in
                             church in one fashion or another, over time.  Assisting in nursery is an easy way for them to
                             contribute.  Any nursery workers who are youth are considered a wonderful bonus as we
                             don’t have a particular quota number in mind for them.
 

Just as above, during Prayer Hour, nursery workers help to care for the littlest ones in our midst, which is an important ministry that allows for those who are parents of young children to be able to attend church more regularly and grow in their faith.  Lead teachers should keep track of time and divide up class time into free play, story time, prayer, organized playtime, and snack. Assistants need to help in all areas including play, diapering and toileting, snack, etc. The classroom must be cleaned up after service (bins brought back downstairs for tear down crew to put away, tables and chairs moved back, sweep, empty garbage, etc.)

4 yrs – 2nd (leads): Ideally six people

4 yrs – 2nd (assistants): Ideally six people

3rd – 5th (leads): Ideally six people

3rd – 5th (assistants): Ideally six people

Teaching positions are central to our ability to raise up young Believers.  Lead teachers are required to be members but assistants don’t have the same requirement.  Teaching curriculum is selected and provided by our Children’s Ministry Team.  Leads are responsible for carrying out the lessons/curriculum and assistants are their to provide support and crowd control.  Just as with nursery, the classroom must be cleaned up after service (bins brought back downstairs for tear down crew to put away, tables and chairs moved back, sweep, empty garbage, etc.) *Serving as a teaching assistant is a great place for our older youth to consider serving.*

Greeters: Ideally eight people (four pairs of two)

Greeters stand at the entrance as people show up for church offering a hello and a warm smile, hand shake, fist bump or a hug, if need be, in order to welcome people into the building.  They are responsible for both answering simple questions (such as where to find bathrooms, children’s classrooms, etc.) and to hand out bulletins.  *Serving as a greeter is a great place for our youth to consider serving.*

Ushers: Ideally twelve people (six pairs of two)

The general responsibility of the ushers is to work along with the greeters to welcome people, to help them find the coffee pot and, most importantly, a place to sit.  Ushers may also occasionally need to ask long-time, regular attenders to move forward in order to leave the seats in the rear of the chapel open for new attenders. The ushers also take the offering and attendance and watch over any other needs that may arise during the service. *Serving as an usher is a great place for some of our older youth to consider serving.*

Imagery: Ideally six people

Imagery workers need basic computer skills as their main responsibility is displaying the song verses during worship.

Sound: Ideally six people

Sound workers take care of all of the sound system needs on Sunday mornings, including worship team sound check early Sunday mornings and all sound need during the service.  Some form of previous sound experience is beneficial but is not required.  Training is provided.

Prayer Team (men): Ideally six people

Prayer Team (women): Ideally six people

Prayer team members are available at the end of the service to pray with people for whatever needs they have.  People who are able to listen, to hold things in confidence, and to pray according to Scriptural promises are especially suited to this job.  Those with the spiritual gifts of discernment are suited to this role as well.

Scripture Verses Reader: Ideally six people

Scripture verses readers read from the Bible preceding sermons.  The main qualification is simply to be a good reader in a public setting.

Pray for Requests: Ideally six people

Serving by praying for praise and prayer requests is just as it suggests. Those who are comfortable praying in front of others and who are able to pray for the requests in bold but sensitive, Scriptural ways will find themselves most suited to this job.

Set Up: Ideally at least eight to twelve people (four teams of two to three people)

Set up teams arrive Sunday morning before Prayer Hour in order to set up the sanctuary for everything that happens throughout the day, which includes arranging chairs and distributing pens and Bibles.  Set up folks are also responsible for putting out the church welcome and directional signs for the various classrooms and locations in addition to helping the nursery staff bring nursery devices (toys, books, etc.) upstairs.  *Set up team is a great place for our youth to consider serving.*

Tear Down: Ideally at least eight to twelve people (four teams of two to three people)

After church (or lunch) tear down duties are the reverse of everything that the set up team does.  Nursery workers typically bring all of the nursery materials back downstairs, at which point the set up team is responsible for placing everything into the Hobbit Hole and keeping it in good order.  *Tear down team is a great place for our youth to consider serving.*
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The Elvanto app can also be downloaded to your smartphone:
 
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