Volunteer Ministry Team Opportunities
Children and Youth Ministries
Safe Church Trainings: Volunteer
We have a Safe Church Policy at Central UCC. We offer Safe Church training several times each year. People who volunteer with children and youth are required to have this training. You will find the training informative as a parent and as a volunteer or just because you are part of this church community.
Safe Church: The purpose of Safe Church actions is to educate adults about protecting children and youth from sexual abuse or any other inappropriate behavior. We want to ensure that Central UCC is a safe place for all of our children and youth. (Training for persons working with vulnerable adults will also take place through the Plymouth Harbor program.) There is a Safe Church Policy which is available in the church office, on the website, downstairs and in the CE Wing (these latter two locations have a policy near the First Aid Kit).
Requirement: The required 1-1/2 hour Safe Church Training involves watching two short videos followed by a facilitated discussion. All church members currently volunteering with children and youth are required to be trained. All members of the congregation are urged to be trained in support of the safety of our children and youth.
For persons over 17 years of age that volunteer or work with children or fragile elders. Please contact Rev. Ginnie ([email protected]) for the next training date.
Parents of Nursery/Toddler/Pre-School Age Children Ministry Team
We have a wonderful nursery and toddler staff and rooms for care. How can we give better care? How do we support the spiritual growth of families with young children? How can we connect parents and families to one another? If you would like to help create a team that begins to answer these and other questions, this team could come to life with your help.
Extended Care for 3 and 4 year olds During 11am worship: Volunteer
During the 11:00 a.m. worship, the church provides childcare in room 205 for the 3 and 4 year old children. They have free play, a snack and sometimes get to go outside for a while. We like to have two adults with the children. Sometimes, we have a staff person there but most often volunteers. If you would like to give an hour of your time once every month or two, please sign up. Safe Church training is required.
Children’s Sunday School Teacher or Substitutes
We have a wonderful team of Sunday school teachers right now but we are always wanting to grow our team so that we are ready when we grow or when we need a substitute. There is training in Godly Play each summer for those who want to join the team in a big way. There is a need now for occasional persons to be part of the Godly Play team or the pre-school classroom. Please sign up if you would like to help. Safe Church training is required.
CE Wing Welcome Ministry Team
The welcome team in the Christian Education wing is there to welcome anyone who walks by, old and newcomers alike. If a child arrives early, one becomes a companion til the Music Gathering time begins. If a child arrives late, one can take the child to class so that interruptions are softened especially for Godly Play. There may be other duties as well during that Sunday school hour. To help periodically, please sign up.
Vacation Bible School Ministry Team
From June 6 to 10, we will have Vacation Bible School for 4 year olds to 10 year olds. For a week of mornings, 9am to 12noon, Monday through Friday, we will live the theme, “Making a Village”. There will be learning, singing and worshipping, playing games, and eating healthy snacks. We will built a community centered in the love of God where peace is spoken and everyone practices understanding and listening to each others feelings and needs. Would you like to help make VBS 2011 happen? Safe church is required.
Summer Children’s Sunday School Ministry Team
During the summers, we have a small informal, multi-age gathering for 3 year olds to fifth graders. We will have two Sunday summer field trips on June 26 and July 17.We have a mission emphasis for our program. If you would like to be part of next summer’s children’s sunday school, come on and help create the fun! Safe church is required.
Fun Activities with Children Ministry Team
We would love to have quarterly or monthly activities for our children. It could be putt-putt, cooking together, visiting elders, bowling, pizza and an evening of games or some other fun activity. If you would like to help create some fun for our kids, please join this team! Safe church is required.
Acolyte Mentors Ministry Team
We have an acolyte team that lights the candles in 11:00 a.m. worship. We would like to extend that team to include 3rd through 9th graders. Presently Lynda Gale Laroussini is their supervisor with assistance from Hannah Detherow. Are there others who would like to expand this ministry to include some fellowship, a celebration and a deeper understanding of worship. Perhaps a team could create a fuller experience for our acolytes. Safe church is required.
Youth Ministry Chaperones and Helpers Ministry Team
Through the year in Sunday school, at sleepovers, on retreat trips, raising money for trips and other times, we need adults who want to support and/or spend time with the youth. If you would like to put in a few hours to a whole weekend on occasion, join this team. You will be blessed by our remarkable youth. Safe church is required.
Monthly or Weekly Fellowship/Outreach Events
Lena’s Place Coffee House
The second Saturday of every month, one of the finest coffee houses in Atlanta convenes at Central. Live music, with proceeds going to the Lena Werking Fund which supports outreach and service. Schedule and program updates at Lena’s Place. Contact person is Mary Ellen Myers. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up.
A non-profit day program for older adults, Plymouth Harbor was originated by Central and has operated continuously for more than 20 years – providing a safe and stimulating environment for participants, respite and support for caregivers. Plymouth Harbor meets at Central each Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 to 3. The director is Helen Frederick, LCSW, [email protected]. There are lots of ways to volunteer, sign up if you are interested.
Fellowship of the Grape (FOG)
Fellowship of the Grape or FOG as it is known, is an opportunity for Central members, new, longtime and future – to gather for wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and good conversation in a memberʼs home on the first Saturday evening of each month. Join the team if you can help with this ministry. Each person brings a bottle of wine according to the theme of the month, and sometimes a dish to add to a buffet of hors d’oeuvres. The gatherings are hosted in people’s homes usually with a wine theme for the month. For more information, please contact Paula Emde ([email protected]) and sign up to if you are interested in hosting or more information.
Retired Men’s Breakfast
The door is open welcoming all men to the retired men’s breakfast. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. for great food and good conversation. We have a full breakfast and a short program with a speaker. We look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a friend or neighbor. Please contact Truman Moore for information.
Womenʼs Fellowship meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in the FellowshipHall. Lunch will be served at Noon followed by a program. Women’s Fellowship is the umbrella organization for the small groups, Priscilla Circle and Pilgrim Circle. The Priscilla Circle will meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the church. All are welcome. The Pilgrim Circle will meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Any women who are interested in getting to know fellow church members and enjoy a time of fellowship are cordially invited to attend either meeting! Please contact Dawn Hamer for more information.
Ministry of Sustainability
Building Maintenance Team
There is a lot to do to maintain our beautiful building. It calls for lots of people with varying gifts. If you would like to help create a team who would support the Trustees in their ongoing work, please contact the Chair of Buildings and Grounds, Mike Granish.
We have a lot of beautiful grounds here at Central UCC. The grounds have been divided up into small segments so that anyone can get to know and root themselves in a small piece of Central’s forest and gardens. The goal is only to weed, trim and mulch as needed in each area. Beyond that we have begun to reclaim our beautiful woods. Being on this part of the team says that you are interested in helping to create the vision and plan for sustainable gardens and woods at Central. For more information, please contact Ron Smith.
A group of folks are increasing the amount of recycling happening at Central. We presently recycling paper and cardboard. Soon we will also add plastic, metal and glass. We are working on being a more environmentally friendly church. Beth Herndon is the contact person. If you would like to help our team, sign up today.
Ministry of Hospitality
Caregivers Support Group
A Caregiver Support Group is meeting now at Central and is open to anyone who is a caregiver – from Plymouth Harbor, Central or the community. It meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 10:30a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Fireplace Room. The Facilitator is Sue Kahn, a Licensed Professional Counselor, former caregiver, and member of Central. Please avail yourself of this wonderful opportunity if you are caring for a loved one, or mention it to friends, neighbors, or co-workers who might be interested. For more information, please contact Helen Fredrick ([email protected]). Sign up for more information.
In this age of immediate communications, Central folks are working to find the best combination of communication pathways to get the word out to the community and within the community. If you have a passion for this work and would like to contribute your time and talent, please sign up for this team. Email [email protected]
Through all the ways we use technology to support our church communications, help is needed. If you would like to contribute your gifts to this work, mostly in web-based information technology, we would appreciate your place on the team. Email Bill Harrison
Guest Desk and Welcoming Ministry Team
Our ministers of hospitality on Sunday morning greet newcomers and old timers, young and old. You can stand near the door or sit at the guest desk, welcoming is more than shaking hands, it is the invitation into the life of a Sunday morning at Central. Would you like to join this team? Contact Lesley MacFarlane.
On the bulletin board near the main doors to the church, we have a sign up list for Sunday flowers. On special holy days, we invite people to give in honor or in memory of loved ones. If you would like to give flowers for worship, please contact Margaret Rogers, the Office Manager.
Ministry with the Hearing Impaired
Two Sundays a month, we have a signer for the hearing impaired. Are there more ways we could support this ministry? Are there ways we could raise funds for a signer to be here every week. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, then here’s the team for you. For a conversation, please contact Steve Siminski
Ushers are part of a team of six that helps in worship for a month at a time for a total of three months of the year. Would you like to be a part of this 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning ministry, then here is a team for you. If you would like to join, please email Mary Mathis
Presently Active Outreach Ministries
Decatur Cooperative Ministry: Hagar House – www.decaturcooperativeministry.org
At DCM’s Hagar House, an emergency shelter for homeless mothers and children, Central is one of the area churches who prepare and serve an evening meal for residents, on a rotating schedule. [email protected] www.decaturcooperativeministry.org If you would like to help prepare and/or serve a meal, please join this team! Safe church is required.
The Elsie Moe Soup Kitchen
Twice each month, we prepare and serve lunch for residents of the Women’s and Children’s Emergency Shelter at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. If you would like to grocery shop, prepare meals or serve the meals occasionally or once a month, this might be the mission for you. Contact Alison Mawle or Liz Joyner for the first Tuesday or second Thursday Soup Kitchens respectively.
Equal Exchange (Fairly Traded Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa) – www.equalexchange.com
Fair Trade coffee. tea and chocolate are available for purchase every Sunday in the Commons area at Central. Member volunteers manage ordering and selling. Sign up if you want to join this team! Please contact John and Cindy Hoover for more information.
Prison Visit Transportation Ministry
On the first and third Saturdays of the month, we provide our short bus and a Central-member driver to caravan with other churches and bring Atlanta families to visit family members incarcerated in Milledgeville or Oglethorpe. Please contact Geneva Benoit for more information.
Toco Hills Community Alliance – www.tocohillsalliance.org
Central is one of eight area churches who cooperate to make available emergency financial assistance to families at risk of losing shelter or utilities. We also bring food to church each week to give to the THCA Food Pantry. Please contact Debbie Spearman for more information.