Here are just a few of the areas where there are always openings, and where you might flourish:
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Reading the Bible aloud - help people to hear and understand the Bible, by clear well-prepared reading
Leading public prayer - help people to bring their shared concerns to God
Music ministry - includes playing musical instruments, singing, being the song leader, being a regular music-team co-ordinator
For those who are mature Christians with demonstrated commitment to Warragul Anglican Church, there may be opportunities to lead services or preach; these ministries require the permission of the rector, and if you are keen to participate in them regularly, there are training and licencing requirements set by the Diocese of Gippsland.
Small Group ministries:
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Home group host - are you willing to have a group meet in your home, and provide a bit of supper?
Home group leader - undertakes to prepare and lead Bible studies; groups cater for enquirers, those seeking to learn more, those with particular interests like social justice or mission, and may also cater for specific demographics, eg. young adults, families with children, etc.
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Leading a children's SALT Club group (age ranges are 2 to 4 years, 5 yrs to Grade 2, Grade 3-4, Grade 5 to Yr 7)
Assisting with a children's SALT Club group (as above)
Teaching Scripture in a local primary school (this ministry requires training and registration with ACCESS ministries)
Assisting with Scripture teaching in a local primary school (as above)
This can be involvement in a formal group or activity for youth, or simply getting to know the young folk who are part of our church, pray for them and include them in the activities of the wider church. Everyone who works with youth at Warragul Anglican Church is required to undergo a National Police Record Check, Working With Children Check, and Safe Ministries Training.
Youth leader - undertakes to prepare and lead Bible studies and activities for youth
Youth ministry assistant - helps with youth group activities
Youth mentor - commits to get to know one or more of the youth and pray regularly for them
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Welcomers - greet people as they arrive, hand out weekly newsheet, help people to feel welcome
Stewards - prepare the building for services by turning on lights, heating or fans, opening doors etc; collect offering
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'Watchers' - help to track attendance so we can follow up if someone might be unwell or in other trouble
Pastoral Care committee - meet twice monthly to pray for members of the church and share concerns, plan how to help people with various needs
Pastoral carers - get to know a group of people, with an eye for their well-being
Meals - be available to cook meals for individuals or families in need
Visitors - visit people in hospital or at home, for practical help or prayer
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PA operator - operates the sound desk during Sunday services
Data projector operator - runs the data projector from a laptop during Sunday services
Technical support - a range of activities shared among different people, including creating powerpoint slides for weekly notices, creating powerpoint slides for the services, troubleshooting computer and sound problems, mending sound equipment, etc.
There are lots of odd jobs that happen to keep the church functioning - changing light globes, fixing doors, building shelves, hanging pictures - you name it, there's nothing more handy than a handy person!
Keeping the place looking good makes it more pleasant for regulars, safe for kids, and welcoming for newcomers. There are lawns to mow, weeds to deal with, shrubs to prune, and for the more creative, gardens to plan!
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