You might be wondering what your responsibilities will be as a volunteer. We can summarize this in 3 simple ways.
1 - The Cooking and Serving of Food
Part of the responsibility of a volunteer will be cooking and preparing food. Cooking might not be your strength, but that is okay. That is why you will be partnering with either your growth group or another ministry. The cost of meals and preparation of the food, however, will be provided by the ministry that has committed to serving on a particular night. The service kitchen will be available for preparation use, but all cooking must be done prior to coming unless other arrangements are made through the Winter Sanctuary Ministry Staff. You will be able to share in the joy of cooking and/or serving a hot meal to our wonderful guests.
2 - The Giving of a Smile
Smiles do wonders for people. When we give a smile, we share a part of ourselves. Smiles are one of those things that people love giving back. There are plenty of ways you can give a smile as a volunteer. Part of the responsibilities shared by our volunteers will be providing a short program or devotional. This would be something no more than 10 minutes. It is a great way to give a smile and to receive a smile back. So what are some ideas of what this may look like? Here are some ideas that volunteers have done in the past.
• A Short Bible Devotional (Be sure to avoid controversial or secondary doctrinal topics. Keep it encouraging, uplifting, but challenging as well.)
• Short Skits
• Foot Washing
• Magic Shows
3 - The Sharing of a Story
Conversing with people is something that Jesus loved to do. He loved sharing time with those who were broken and who were considered outcasts. One of the best ways you can serve as a volunteer is to just talk with our guests. They have many stories to tell. Engaging and showing genuine interest in their lives is one of the things they love most. The blessing that you give by talking with them is wonderful, but so is the blessing that you receive. We invite and encourage you to sit down with our guests as they eat and share a story or two.
Setup Team: We know that work and other things in life might make it difficult to serve within these time frames. We also have a need for those who want to help setup for the evening. Volunteers who would like to help out in this way would be serving from 3-5 p.m. Making sure that things are ready for the evening is a vital part of making Winter Sanctuary work
Breakdown Team: We are also looking for volunteers who would like to serve on our Saturday’s, which will be reserved for tearing things down and cleaning things up. Another part of making Winter Sanctuary work is having a team that can help in this way. Volunteers helping in this area would come in from 8-10 a.m.