Serving Opportunities

Central United Church has numerous serving opportunities with different time commitments and a variety of ways to share your skills. Volunteers are the foundation of Central United Church and we value your service. Browse through the categories below to find a serving opportunity. If you find something you are interested in, send us an email at info@centralchurch.ca or call us at 403-269-3701. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Children’s Ministry

Sunday School Volunteer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Ensure a friendly, creative and faithful environment for the Children. Assist with the Sunday School Activities. Helping with cleaning up is optional. You can Volunteer as often as you like.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
One Adult for each Sunday.
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday mornings 10:30 to 11:30ish

Children's Time Storyteller
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Telling the children a 3-5 minute story during "Children's Time" in the morning service based on the scripture reading for the day. The story can be one that you come up with or one you glean from other sources.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
3-4 adults
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday mornings 10:30 to 10:50

Teen and Young Adult Volunteer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Ensure a friendly, creative and faithful environment for the Teens and Young Adults. Assist the Teens and Young Adults to further develop their relationship with their Church. Introduce the Teens and Young Adults to the history of the Church, the other Volunteer opportunities, the special Volunteer opportunities and the special faith enhancement programs at Central.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
One or two Adults for each program.
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday mornings 10:30 to 11:30ish

Sunday School Sign-In and Registration Volunteer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Be welcoming and friendly. Assist parents and Guardians with Sunday School Sign-in and Registration. All supplies will be provided and a more detailed duties description is available.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
One adult each Sunday.
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday mornings 10:15 to 10:45

Evening Service Children’s Activity Table
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Ensure an approachable, friendly and fun environment for the Children. The 'quiet activity table' is located in the sanctuary and activities are provided by the church.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
One adult each Sunday.
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday evenings 5:45 to 6:15ish

Communications

Communications Writer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
We have so many great stories to share here at Central. Do you love to write? We are looking for a few gifted writers to join our team to write for our newsletter, Heartbeat, as well as a few other areas.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1-2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Communications Photographer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Photographers provide event and promotional coverage for worship services, baptisms, church sponsored community events, and ministry events. Images are used in social media, church publications, and as part of in-service graphic elements.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1-2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Communications Advertising / Resources
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
This opportunity is weekly on Friday, for approximately an hour.  Candidate would be responsible for updating bulletin boards and filling newsletter stands located in the church with supplied materials.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Fridays

Communion

Communion Preparation Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING

This team member is responsible for preparing communion on the Saturday of communion weekend. This entails: filling all the juice trays, portioning out the communion wafers in their trays and placing the juice and wafer trays in the Sanctuary. You're not responsible in this role for ordering supplies but you are asked to report back on what the supply levels are after each service. Serving Time: Random Saturdays
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Communion Server
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING

This team member is responsible for serving whenever communion will be served (approximately 4x/year). This entails acquiring the elements (wafer and juice trays) at the time of communion in the service, teaming with the person assigned to you to pass down the elements in assigned rows. Serving Time: Random weekends on a monthly basis. Serving Time: Random Sundays
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
Many!
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Occasional Sundays

Communion Clean-Up Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
This team member is responsible for cleaning up the communion trays after the Sunday 10:30 service. This entails: collecting all the trays from the Sanctuary and back hallway, cleaning all the trays and returning trays to their storage place. This is a great ministry for families. Serving Time: Random Sundays
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
3-4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Occasional Sundays

Community Impact

Concession Operator
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Setting up and selling water, pop, chocolate bars, etc. at public concerts held at Central and all clean-up that is required after the event. One of the bonuses of this position is that you get to hear great concerts for free! All money raised goes to the Creative Arts Ministry.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Varies

Operation Christmas Child Coordinator
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Coordinate, organize and plan the annual Operation Christmas Child shoe box distribution and collection for Central. Serving Time: Random days in October and November.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Varies

Sandwich Making for Drop-In Centre
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Making sandwiches to be picked up by the Drop-In Centre for their clients. Serving Time: Second Thursday of each month from 9 - 11 AM
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
2nd Thursday morning each month

Congregational Care

Care Callers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Calling people who are shut-in, have had a hospital stay, have an illness or disease, who are grieving, who have been absent from church for a few weeks.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8-10
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Card Ministry
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Sending cards (get well, thinking of you, anniversary, birthday [85+], sympathy, children’s birthday, graduation, etc.) to Central’s church family.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
6
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Your choice!

Christmas and Easter Flower Deliverers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Delivering poinsettias, roses and lilies to shut-ins, hospitals, care centres and homes.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday morning or evening during Advent and/or on Easter Sunday

Flower Deliverers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Delivering flowers to members of Central.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sunday morning or evening

Visitation Coordinator
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Matching up the visitor with the one being visited, providing address, phone number etc. to the visitor, communicate with Congregational Care Coordinator
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Visitors
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Visiting people in hospitals, hospices, homes, lodges, care centres.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4-6
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Creative Arts Ministry

Sanctuary Choir Member
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
The Sanctuary Choir rehearses every Thursday from 7:00 – 8:45 PM and is the cornerstone of music ministries at Central. Singing diverse styles, from contemporary to gospel, this choir sings twice a month from the middle of September until the first Sunday of June and occasional special services. Previous experience &/or ability to read music is beneficial but not mandatory. No audition required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get!
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Thursday evenings, Sundays

Possibility Singers Member
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Sing in the Possibility Singers ensemble once a month during the morning service as well as the early Christmas Eve service. The Possibility Singers sing more difficult or sensitive contemporary music. Previous experience &/or ability to read music is expected. Audition or invitation required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
Maximum 16
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Thursday evenings, Sundays

Christmas Choir ("Voices of Central") Member
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Every year in mid-December the Christmas Choir (Voices of Central) presents a full service of music accompanied by a full orchestra. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7 - 8 PM from mid-October to December. In 2016 rehearsals are from October 20 - December 15 with the presentation during the morning service on December 18.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get!
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Thursday evenings (October 20 - December 15), Dress Rehearsal December 17 and performance on December 18

Heartsong (AM Band) Instrumentalist
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Playing in the morning band for congregational worship. (guitar, piano, bass, drums) Auditions required. 10:30 AM service twice monthly, monthly Saturday rehearsal.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
6-8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Saturdays, Sundays

Instrumentalist
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Playing an instrument (primarily guitar, bass or drums) with the choir as needed. Auditions required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4-6
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Music Librarian
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Serve the Choirs by distributing, collecting and filing sheet music.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Whatever day works best!

Music Assistant
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Helping the Music Director manage the mounds of music that gets reviewed each year. This includes data entry, filing and sorting music.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Drama

Drama Actor
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To rehearse and perform in drama or video. Audition or interview required. Some performing experience would be an asset. Occasional dramas, Sunday services, special events.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8-10
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies...

Drama Creative Writers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Creative writers collaborate to create scripts to be presented creatively through onstage drama or creative videos. Submission of writing samples and/or interview required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
3-4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Facilities

Facility Odd-Job Squad
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Come and show off your handyman repair skills!  We are looking for a team of volunteers who can meet as needed to work on various repair projects to keep this old building in good repair! Projects can include painting, building and other repair or upgrade projects. Use your passion for handyman work to positively affect people coming into our church for services, mid-week groups or concerts.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8-10
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Facility Room Set-up Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Looking for teams of 4-6 volunteers to help with setup tables and chairs for special events or luncheons, such as Annual Congregation Meeting. We could use your help for approximately 1 hour on random Saturdays after 11 AM.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Facility Room Clean-up Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Looking for teams volunteers to help wiping off tables, re-stacking chairs & tables and putting them back to where they belong in the church - approximately 30 minutes.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4-6
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Hospitality

Sunday Greeters / Ushers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To greet people as they enter the building, offering a warm smile and handshake; providing directions if required. The friendly faces of our Greeters play an important part in making people 'feel at home'. Many Greeters also take up the offering. Serving times: Sunday 9:45 AM.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Weekday Greeter / Security
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To greet people as they enter the building through the alley door for noon hour meetings during the week, offering a warm smile; providing directions if required. Greeters are often the only face of Central that the hundreds of people that come through our door during the week see.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
5-10
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Weekdays, Monday to Friday

Resource Centre
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To provide assistance and a warm welcome to anyone who comes to the Resource Centre for help. Before and after services. Times for serving: Sunday 10:15 am and 11:30 am or 5:45 pm and 7:00 pm
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Emergency Response Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
The role requires this person to be on call during the Sunday service they regularly attend on a rotational basis in the event of a medical emergency that may arise during that service. This person needs to be currently certified at a minimum of Standard First Aid Training and CPR.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Funeral Reception Coordinator
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Duties are to order the sandwiches, squares, and any other food required. Train any new leaders. Email / call leaders and members when funeral receptions are requested.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Funeral Reception Team Leader
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Duties: guide and oversee the reception team members for each funeral reception as to what needs to be done on the day of. Arrive 60 minutes prior to the service starting and begin preparations.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Funeral Reception Team Helper
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To assist in the preparation of the funeral reception. Duties include: cutting sandwiches and setting them on platters, putting out squares, slicing pickles, making coffee, tea, punch and filling water jugs. Arrange plates, napkins and centrepieces on tables provided. Setting up cups, cream, sugar and stir sticks. Arrival is usually 60 minutes prior to the start of the service and then stay for clean up when the majority of the people from the service have left.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
10-12
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

Library Volunteer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Library Volunteers are responsible for shelving incoming items, check-in and check-out, and general customer service. Volunteers are required for Sunday, after the 10:30 am service.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Morning Pre-Service Coffee Hosts
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Meet in the Fellowship Lounge and share coffee and conversation with anyone who drops in.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays from 9:30 - 10:15 am

Morning Post-Service Coffee Hosts
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Serve coffee to people after the morning service.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Office

Bulletin Folding
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To fold and put inserts into Sunday Morning and Evening Bulletins
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Fridays

Graphic Designer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Designing posters, brochures and promotional materials for upcoming events. Designs will be used in the weekly bulletin, future monthly newsletters (both hard copy and email), as well as all promotional material and advertising on our website and Facebook.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Your choice!

Holiday Office Coverage
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To cover the office (answering phones, photocopying, general office help) as needed for Vacation days or time off
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Fridays

General Office Coverage
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To help in the office - answering phones, photocopying, general office help
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1-2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
1 or 2 afternoons a week

Prayer Ministry

Online Prayer Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
The Online Prayer ministry serves as a web based prayer chain for the purpose of getting emergency prayer request
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
It varies…

After Service Prayer Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
This ministry requires a spiritual/emotionally and physically mature person to pray with and in some cases give very minor and suggestive (only) counsel to people who come for prayer following a service. This person must feel comfortable praying for people in public.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4-6
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays after each service

Recovery

Trusted Servants
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To greet people as they enter the building, offering a warm smile and handshake; providing directions if required. The friendly faces of our Trusted Servants play an important part in making people 'feel at home'. Trusted Servants also take up the offering. This is a screened position. Serving times: Sunday 5:30 PM.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as we can get
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

 

Technical Ministry

Projection Operator (using MediaShout)
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
MediaShout operators have a unique task, in that they lead worship from the tech booth using a laptop! This role is pivotal in creating a focused service because the screen is so big and impactful, that it can have the power to draw or detract focus forward. The goal is to create an environment that gets people to a place of worship, and screen plays a significant role in that. Training is provided.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays from either 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lighting Technician
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
It's fairly obvious to understand why we need lighting technicians; we need people to see! Lighting technicians are critical because they add an element of emotion and art to the service. It's a place where the artistic and technical worlds meet; there is some artistic license allowed and technology is required to execute it. Lights are one of the key tools in maintaining focus throughout the service, as they allow people to visually see what we want them to focus on, and what to ignore. By maintaining focus and flow throughout the service with lighting, we are able to allow people to focus on the one thing; the word of God. Training is provided.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays fro either 9:30 am - 11:30 am or 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Videographer
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
The Videographer is part of the Tech Team on the weekends and is responsible for recording the message at one or both of the two services. Training is provided.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
8
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays from either 10:15 am to 11:45 am or 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Video Camera Operator - Live Feed
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Camera operators are responsible for having a ‘live-feed’ on the screen for baptisms and other special events.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
2
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Occasional Sundays at either service

Sound Operator
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
The Sound Operator is responsible for operation of our 32-Channel Personis Digital Soundboard for the two regular worship services as well as other services as needed (remuneration is provided for additional services). Operators are responsible for set-up and tear-down of equipment, as communicated by the Director of Music. Training is provided.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays and other dates

Worship

Service Preparation
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
To prepare the Sanctuary for worship. This would involve filling candles with oil and lighting them, roping off pews as needed, filling the font for baptism, etc.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1-4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays at 9:30 AM or 5:00 PM

Scripture Readers
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Reading the scripture (as provided to you) during the service. Microphone training and public speaking training required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as possible
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Making Announcements
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Preparing a script for the Sunday announcements that the staff has determined need to be highlighted. Microphone training and public speaking training required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
1-4
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Service Leader
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Participating in the service by leading the congregation in the various service elements based on that week’s scripture & theme (Invitation To Worship, Opening Prayer, Morning Prayers). These could either be provided to you, written by you, or a combination of both. Microphone training and public speaking training required.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
As many as possible
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Worship Service Clean-Up
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Volunteers would spend 10-15 mins following a service straightening the Sanctuary. Take pride in God's house by picking up and disposing of any left behind coffee cups, water cup/bottles, bulletins, misc. paper. Straighten and/or organize offering envelopes and contact cards. This is a great way for families to become involved in serving! We need 2 or more people following each service.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
4 or more
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Sundays

Worship Planning Team
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Volunteers would meet to brainstorm ideas for morning worship services. Special attention is made to ‘special’ services / seasons (i.e. Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, etc.). Those involved currently meet during the day as needed, however this team is hoping to expand with those interested in making a real impact to the environmental / visual impact of the Sanctuary as well as suggesting videos, reading, music, drama, etc. for inclusion in the service.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO WE NEED
Many!
WHAT DAYS WOULD YOU BE NEEDED
Weekdays (during the day)

 

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