Opportunities to Serve

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Worship team

What is the purpose/mission of this ministry?
We seek to lead the body of believers into a biblical, intimate, heartfelt expression of worship to God during Sunday morning worship gatherings and other worship times. This is achieved through teams of musicians and vocalists leading songs and instrumental musical pieces out of an overflow of their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, their spiritual gifting, and a commitment to the ministry of the local church.

When does it meet?
The Worship Team is responsible for rehearsing independently throughout the week. We meet for sound check/rehearsal Sunday mornings at 8:15am, and then serve during the worship service at 9:30am each week.

What are the different ways people can serve through this ministry?
- Worship Team Vocalist
- Worship Team Instrumentalist
- Special Music Vocalist/Instrumentalist
- Choir
- Brass
- Bell Choir

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Skot Lokers

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium

Audio/Visual team

What is the purpose/mission of this ministry?
The Audio/Visual Team serves as part of the worship ministry at First Reformed Church. We do this by using our gifts and technical abilities to help create and foster environments where the body of believers can enter into biblical, intimate, heartfelt expressions of worship to God during Sunday morning worship gatherings and other worship times. We want to remove distractions rather than create them.

When does it meet?
Sundays at 8:15am for Sound Check/Worship Team Rehearsal
Sundays at 9:30am for the Worship Service


What are the different ways people can serve through this ministry?
- Sound Board Operator
- Media Computer Operator


Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Skot Lokers

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium

Greeters

What is the purpose/mission of this ministry?
Welcoming the congregation and guests on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

When does it take place?
On Sundays and Wednesdays, 20 minutes before services begin.

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
As door greeters and sanctuary greeters. We would like to have a core group of people that know the church well and would recognize visitors and be able to inform them of things like nursery, etc.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Tracy Bekins

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High

Nursery

What is the purpose/mission of this ministry?
To provide a safe and loving environment for children in the nursery.

When does it meet?
Nursery is provided during the Sunday morning worship services only.

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Currently we try to staff the nursery with two volunteers; one adult and one teenager.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
People who would like to volunteer may contact Chris Nelson. Tracy Bekins may be contacted for other nursery questions or issues.

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Currently we have 7 adults with 3-4 others possibly willing to volunteer again after September. Normally we like to have 13 adult volunteers so each adult volunteers once during a 3-month period. The schedule is set through September, but after that, it would be nice to have more volunteers. We also have 6 teenagers. This seems to be a nice number. I haven't heard any feedback suggesting teenagers are scheduled too many times.

Sunday Fellowship

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To create a time for the congregation to chat and develop relationships

When does it take place?
Sunday mornings after the worship service

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
We would like to have different members take one Sunday a month and be responsible for the Fellowship time. We would be happy to help volunteers be creative with this time or set it up any way they would like. Our goal is to change it up at times to be different than coffee and cookies.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Tracy Bekins

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Extremely High

Senior Worship services

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
We bring church and the gospel to those in senior homes who are now less able to participate in normal church life

When does it meet?
Sunday afternoons

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Pianist
Song leading (the old hymns)
Bible reading
Prayer
Administration
Homily
Helping residents find song pages
Sitting with residents - relationship just being there
Special music/solos


Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Jill Breen

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High -- It is a great place for families with children to serve together

Children's Sunday School

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To teach future generations about Jesus Christ and what he has done so that each boy and girl might believe in Him and start building upon a lifelong foundation of faith

When does it meet?
Sunday @ 11 AM

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Assist children and parents with teaching, sharing stories, and listening. Sunday school helpers do not need to be biblical scholars, just willing to invest in the lives of the young children of our church and their families.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
John Kenny

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High

Wednesday night dinners

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To provide a well-balanced, cost-effective, and safe meal to families of the Wednesday night program

When does it meet?
Wednesdays

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
People can help with food preparation on Wednesday afternoons, serving the food on Wednesday evenings, and/or clean up after the meal.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Lori DeWitt

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Extremely High

Awana

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To introduce children to Jesus Christ and to understanding God’s Word through Scripture memory

When does it meet?
Wednesday @ 6 PM

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Listening to children recite Bible verses, playing games with the kids, assist with special events, crafts… We are currently looking for people to serve in various roles including leadership positions.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
John Kenny

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium

Prayer Shawl ministry

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
Sharing the Love of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ to those in need by giving out a Prayer Shawl :
- as a comfort while undergoing a medical procedure
- as a comfort after a loss
- during bereavement
- during an illness & recovery
- ministry to others, such as giving a family a blanket for a newborn baby


When does it meet?
We meet at church, the second Monday of every month at 2 PM

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Learn how to knit or crochet with yarn & we can provide the instructions, knitting needles & crochet hooks. FRC pays for the yarn. We have given away 212 prayer shawls to date. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, just bring a prayerful heart. We pray every month for those who need a shawl and also pray for the shawls that have been given / received.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Arla Bennett, Laura Sterenberg

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High - We are in need of volunteers. Knitting is a lost art. We started the Ministry in 2014 with 18 members, busy hands, and caring hearts. We are down to about 5. Many have moved away, passed away, or now unable to help because of health issues.

Youth Group

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
For God’s glory, the Youth Ministry of First Reformed Church exists to anchor students with an unwavering Biblical Faith in Jesus Christ by:
- Inviting them into a saving relationship with Him.
- Enfolding them into a supporting and encouraging church family.
- Maturing and equipping them for lifelong discipleship, worship, and service.
- Equipping parents to be spiritual leaders within the family.


When does it meet?
The Youth Ministry meets every Wednesday night at 6:15. We also meet for other special events throughout the year.

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
We are in need of youth leaders. People who are willing to come and love on and develop relationships with middle and high school students.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Matt Dilley

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium to High

Food pantry

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
We work with LOVE INC to provide food for families in need who come through their ministry

When do people participate?
Shopping for food is done on Mondays
Food is packed and handed out to recipients on Tuesday evenings


What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Shopping for groceries, stocking our shelves, taking inventory of what we have, making sure food on shelves is not expired, packing food for recipients

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Marilyn Meeusen, Barb Jerovsek

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Currently Low

Hand 2 Hand

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
Hand2Hand provides weekend meals for school children enrolled in the free/reduced cost school lunch programs. Pre-packed meal bags are delivered to the schools weekly and discreetly placed by the teachers in the students’ lockers while the children are in class.

When does it meet?
Three to five volunteers currently meet on Tuesday nights to pack the bags which takes about 30 minutes.

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Volunteers do not need to come every week. We use a "Sign-Up Genius" to schedule.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Greg Stepien

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
We have a current need for delivery driver(s) to take the food bags to Grand Haven High School and West Michigan Academy in Spring Lake. Deliveries are done during normal school hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Ability to lift 25 pounds and a vehicle that can hold 6-8 laundry baskets needed.

Missions Team

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To provide opportunities for the congregation to participate in national and international mission outreach through missionary support, compassion ministry, and experiencing missions

When does it meet?
Every 4 - 6 weeks

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Support missionaries through prayer cards; serve on one of our committees: Experience, Feeding, or Building; help plan events like Mission Sunday; help raise funds for Disaster Relief; participate in social events when our missionaries are in the area

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Marilyn Buikema, Mary Houck

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium - We could use more men on the team Also, many of us are aging and so we would like to see younger participants join us

Muskegon Meals

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
Provide meals as part of the Supper House ministry in Muskegon Heights

When does it meet?
4th Thursday of every month 3:30-5:30 PM at Temple United Methodist Church

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Work on food line, serving tables, dishwashing

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
John Kenny

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Medium

Grounds

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
To make the outside property appealing to the public and pleasing to its members (bringing peace as in a beautiful garden) by maintaining the parking lots, lawns, trees and planting beds to a generally acceptable level. We accomplish this by use of providers for plowing, lawn fertilizing, sprinkling and mowing, as well as the use of volunteer help.

When does it meet?
As needs present themselves

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
Volunteer to clean up a specific area (i.e., a planting bed), advise us when they see a problem, be on call to come address a specific problem, share your horticultural expertise.

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
John Dillbeck

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
Very low in winter, Medium in summer, and High before special outdoor events and spring cleanup.

Digital Ministry team

What is the purpose/mission of this ministry?
The Digital Ministry Team exists to advance the gospel, make disciples, and build community using the digital tools that are available to us.

When does it meet?
The Digital Ministry Team meets at various times depending on involvement.

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
- Digital Strategy Team
- Online Worship Service Chat Host
- Social Media "Street" Team


Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Skot Lokers

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High

Assimilation Team

What is the purpose / mission of this ministry?
We would like to put together a team that will help guests to become friends and then to become a part of FRC

When does it meet?
Will meet as needed

What are different ways people can serve through this ministry?
To be determined

Who can people contact if they would like to learn more?
Tracy Bekins

What is the current need for volunteers? Low / Medium / High
High

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