Watch this page for all kinds of ways you can help out in the Body of Christ at Epiclesis– and also service opportunities outside our church. We have needs for help in several places. This is the spot to find descriptions of our most pressing needs– and ways you can help.
Here are some places of service to think about:
Our church believes children are a vital part of who we are as a faith community and we welcome the active participation of children and youth of all ages in our intergenerational worship services. We believe that kids and adults have much to learn from each other. We do, however, recognize the need for a break-out session for our preschool-aged children (2-5 years old) during the teaching part of our worship service (a 30 minute commitment). We believe God has called volunteers from our Body to alternate these teaching opportunities each week. A willingness to teach God’s word to young ones is all that is required to volunteer.
A few details: 1) Teachers work in pairs (lead teacher and an assistant). 2) There is outside prep required (training and assistance is provided). 3) The 30-minute teaching time is divided into 10 minutes of music/song; 10 minutes of Bible lesson/story; and 10 minutes of craft/drama. 4) The number of children vary week to week– anywhere from 0-5 children can be expected on any given Sunday. 5) The more regular volunteers we have, the less often an individual will teach. Currently volunteers teach an average of twice per quarter.
We’re looking for: Volunteer Lead teachers (<18 years old); and Volunteer Assistants (may be >18 years old). Please contact Barb if you are interested in joining our team or have any questions. We’re also looking for folks to help out in the musical part of the breakout session.
Saturday Night Setup
Our church normally gets set up on Saturday nights. Because the space is not our own the schedule can change, but the start time is generally about 6 PM. (Setup is occasionally necessary on Sunday morning). The process usually takes an hour. There are three main areas: 1) Outdoor and indoor signage; 2) Bulky item setup; and 3) Sound equipment. (We normally do not have to set up chairs). Any of these are easy to learn and we’ll be sure to give volunteers plenty of handy training, especially on sound equipment/cables/connections, etc.
A few details: 1) The outdoor signage consists of a few outdoor placards for the parking area, some reserved signs, and two large vinyl banners with bungee cords; on the inside we have a small collapsible banner and a few table-top items. 2) The bulky items include our baptismal font, Lord’s Table, worship banners/stands, and some music and mic stands. 3) The sound equipment responsibilities include carrying a few light-duty equipment containers and general cabling/plugging in/setup.
We’re looking for: Four teams of 3 or 4 to take monthly shifts. Let us know if you’re interested!
Elders’ Ministry Responsibilities
Listed below are some of the main areas of ministry in Epiclesis and the elders who oversee and coordinate them. These elders provide both direction and support to congregants who are working in these ministries at Epiclesis or elsewhere on behalf of Epiclesis, and are the point-persons for inquiries about becoming a part of ministry in those areas.
Facility Setup/Breakdown – Michael Bennett
Facility team: Michael Bennett, Jeff Snook, Greg Sutter
Hospitality (funeral, meals for the sick, communion bread) – Tracey Bennett
Hospitality team: Meals for the sick, receptions: Roberta Snyder
After-Church FoodFest coordination: Barbara Wallace
Communion bread provision coordination: Tracey Bennett
Homeless Outreach (Barnabas Bags and other such outreaches) – Richard Bethel, Greg Sutter
Missions – Donald Bowes
Missions team: College kids’ care packages: Heather Bowes; Mission trips: Norm Covell, Bob Hart; Seasonal Ministries (e.g. Christmas presents for children of inmates): Marianne Sutter
Prayer and Blessing Boxes – Loren Koehler
Team: Michael Bennett
Worship and Music – Ellen Koehler
Music team: Marsha Asche, Laurie Bolland, Donald Bowes, Loren Koehler