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Opportunities to Serve 2017

Northminster Presbyterian Church

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. Romans 12:4-5


As the apostle Paul writes, we really are the Body of Christ in the world and it is important for each of us to take advantage of the opportunities God makes available to us to worship God, to grow in our faith and to serve God’s world.

We invite all members and friends of Northminster to prayer- fully consider how best to participate in worship, fellowship, mission, and ministry during the next year. Please complete one form per family member.

Opportunities to Serve 2017

Please fill out this form for each family member.  

Thank you.

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Worship

 Worship Committee

From choir members to ushers to liturgists, volunteers in these ministries prepare for NPC's worship to be faithful, fruitful, and joyful. The Worship Committee meets on the third Monday of every other month.

Time Commitment

  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm on the third Monday of every other month.
Volunteer Opportunity

Liturgist

Help lead in worship, including liturgy and Scripture reading (provided by the Pastors).

Time Commitment

  • 15 minutes before service begins
  • Prep time before service
Volunteer Opportunity

Sound Board

Operate sound system in Sunday worship and record the Sunday service.

Time Commitment

  • 30 minutes before service or event
Volunteer Opportunities

Usher

Distribute bulletins and direct worshippers to pews /areas of the church, take up offerings, clean up the Sanctuary after worship, and assist with emergencies.

Time Commitment

  • 30 minutes before the service one time a month
Volunteer Opportunities

Usher Captain / Co-Captain

Time Commitment

  • September through May
Volunteer Opportunities

Communion

Communion is served in both services on the first Sunday of each month and on Christmas Eve at 11:30 pm, Easter Sunday, and Maundy Thursday.

Time Commitment

  • 1 hour on Saturday for prep
  • ½ hour before and after each service for set-up and clean-up
  • Adults and youth invited to participate in preparation process
  • To serve: arrive 15 minutes early for worship
Volunteer Opportunities

Sanctuary Decorating

Time Commitment

  • A few hours as scheduled in early December and during Holy Week
Volunteer Opportunity

Advent Wreath Lighting

Candles are lit on the Advent Wreath for the four Sundays of Advent, as well as on Christmas Eve.

Time Commitment

  • 20 minutes once a year
Volunteer Opportunity

Wedding Guild

Time Commitment

  • Half hour before and after rehearsal on day before the wedding
  • Several hours on the day of the wedding for bridal prep, pictures, etc.
Volunteer Opportunity

Music Ministry

The Music Department at Northminster is an all-inclusive, full-graded choir program for Kindergarten through adults. Participants learn useful musical techniques while contributing to worship services.

Adult Choir: The Adult Choir is an integral part of worship at Northminster each Sunday and on special occasions. 

Time Commitment

  • Rehearsals: 9:45 to 11:00 am on Sunday mornings August – May
  • Extra rehearsals may be scheduled for Christmas, Easter, and other special music programs
  • Sundays 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Handbell Choir: Open to any youth or adult who can attend rehearsal on a regular basis.

Time Commitment

  • 1 hour rehearsals one night per week 
  • 90 minutes on Sunday when scheduled to play

Youth Choir: 6th through 12th graders work on vocal techniques, score reading, and singing in parts.

Time Commitment

  • Rehearsals on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • 90 minutes on Sunday mornings, once each month

Music Makers: 3rd through 5th grade children study vocal techniques, music reading, and develop motor skills through established methods. 

Time Commitment

  • Rehearsals on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • 75 minutes on a Sunday morning once every 4 to 6 weeks

Cherubs: Kindergarten through 2nd grade children develop aural and improvisational skills through movement, listening, and lots of singing.

  • Rehearsals on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • 75 minutes on a Sunday morning 4 times a year
Volunteer Opportunities

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth Committee

The Committee plans for and oversees Spiritual Growth for all ages in the church. It meets on the second Wednesday of each month.  

 Time Commitment

  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month
Volunteer Opportunities

Children's Education

  • Classes for ages 3 years old through 5th graders meet each Sunday from 10 to 11 am.
  • Worship & Wonder – during the 11:15 am worship service, younger children leave together after the Children's Moment to learn the day's Bible story in a child-friendly way
  • Way Cool Sunday Night – NEW group for 3rd-5th graders once a month on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Time Commitment

  • Sundays 10 to 11 am to teach / facilitate Sunday School
  • Sundays 11:15 am to 12:15 pm to teach / assist in Worship & Wonder
  • Planning time for teachers /leaders /assistants
  • Preparation time for worship bags
  • Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 pm once a month to facilitate Way Cool gathering
  • Varied times to host or babysit for parent gatherings
Volunteer Opportunities

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Every summer for one week, kids Preschool – Grade 5 get to have fun, learn bible stories, and discover God in very creative and hands-on ways.

Time Commitment

  • Mornings 9:00 am to 12:30 pm one week during the summer
  • One or more preparation meetings may be required
Volunteer Opportunities

Nursery

Volunteers work with the paid workers in the baby and toddler nurseries on Sunday mornings and other events as scheduled.

Time Commitment

  • Coordinator: 1 to 2 hours per month
  • Volunteers: a one hour shift on Sunday mornings and other events as scheduled
Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Education

Classes for youth grades 6-12 are held each Sunday morning.

Time Commitment

  • Sunday 10 to 11 am to teach /facilitate Sunday School
  • Planning time for teachers/leaders/assistants

Adult Education

Classes are held each Sunday morning.

A Small Group Class is offered for adults during Children and Youth choir rehearsals each Sunday evening.

Time Commitment

  • Sunday mornings 10 to 11 am to teach /facilitate Sunday School
  • Planning time for teachers /leaders/ assistants
  • Sunday evening 5:00 to 6:00 pm to facilitate a Small Group Class
Youth

Youth (6th grade to 12th grade, NPC members and non-members) gather on Sunday nights with their friends and adult leaders. Each Sunday night includes sharing dinner together, participating in games / energizers, listening, and discussion of a spiritual-led program and final sharing in small group time (grade level based). It is a place to be together where everyone is accepted and can find a place to grow in their relationship with God. It is also a time to connect and make new, long-lasting friendships.

Youth Trips and Mission Projects include trips within Atlanta and the local community, Montreat Youth Conferences (both MS and HS), ski trips to North Carolina, and mission trips to New Orleans, Ashville, Charlotte, Honduras, etc.

Time Commitment

  • Youth Group meets from 6:00 to 8:15 pm on Sunday evenings
  • Chaperoning time depends on duration of activity
  • Meal providers - prepare and serve a meal
  • Organizing and coordinating require varying amounts of time
  • The Youth Committee meets from 7:30 to 9:00 pm once a month on a Wednesday determined by the Committee
Volunteer Opportunities

Welcoming and Care

Membership Committee

Insure that each person who enters the church receives a warm welcome, that they are invited to attend Inquirer classes, and that New Members become well connected in the life of the congregation during their first year of membership. The Committee meets on the second Thursday of every other month. 

Time Commitment

  • Varies by ministry
  • Online Directory – approx. 3 hours per month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month
Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters 

Greeters welcome members and visitors as they enter the church before services.

Time Commitment

  • 20 minutes before the service approx. once every 3 months
Volunteer Opportunity

Pound Cake Bakers and Takers

Home-made pound cakes are delivered on Sundays after worship to first-time visitors.

Time Commitment

  • Baking time once every 3 months
  • Driving time to first-time visitor once every 6 weeks
Volunteer Opportunities

Welcoming New Members

Time Commitment

  • Membership Classes – 3 Sundays per quarter
  • Sponsors – time varies
  • Blue Bags – 1 hour every month
Volunteer Opportunities

Congregational Care

Provide support and encouragement in several ways to NPC members and friends.The Committee meets on the second Thursday of every other month, 

Time Commitment

  • Time varies depending on ministry activities
  • Committee meets 7 to 8:30 on the second Thursday of every other month
Volunteer Opportunity

Care Ministers

Make monthly visits to NPC members who are unable to attend services or activities on a regular basis. Visit on your own or with another Care Minister.

Time Commitment

  • Varies: one session of visiting per month plus a monthly check-in
  • 1½ hours orientation with more as needed 
Volunteer Opportunities

Caring Cards

Send hand written cards to NPC members with words of love, support, thanksgiving and encouragement.

Time Commitment:

  • Varies
Volunteer Opportunities:

Meals

Volunteers provide home cooked or store bought meals for those in need or crisis.

Time Commitment

  • Meal prep or shopping and delivery
Volunteer Opportunities

Funeral Care Ministry
Coordinates receptions following Memorial or Funeral services at the church. Requests are sent out for donations of food, supplies, and/or money as well as for volunteers to assist at the reception. Arrangements may also be made for someone to stay at the home of the family during the funeral and reception, if requested. This volunteer opportunity is on an as needed basis.

Time Commitment

  • 1 hour the day before a reception
  • 1½ hours before funeral to set up delivered food
  • 2-3 hours to serve and clean up
  • Any amount of time before, during, and after receptions as needed 
Volunteer Opportunities

Missions

Missions Committee

Manage and participate in the mission opportunities at NPC. The Missions Committee meets on the first Monday of each month. 

Time Commitment

  • Time varies depending on mission activity
  • 7:00 to 9:00 pm on the first Monday of each month
Volunteer Opportunities

Yellow Bag Ministry

This Ministry assists organizations that address various poverty issues in North Fulton County. Each month, we will feature a different component of care needed by the community.

 Time Commitment  

  • One to two hours per month for delivery to organizations
  • Weekly needs at NPC – One hour or less
  • Monthly planning needs – two hours or more
  • Publicizing the mission at NPC events – one hour per event
Volunteer Opportunities

HomeStretch

This program is designed to help families transition from homelessness to independent living. It provides low cost housing and life skills counseling. NPC sponsors two families, providing mentors, financial counseling, furniture, as well as help at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and special occasions.

Time Commitment:

  • Varies
Volunteer Opportunities

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)

NFCC is a non-profit human service agency dedicated to preventing homelessness of individuals residing north of the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County. NFCC assists families with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities, clothing, and adult education classes during short-term emergencies. Northminster supports NFCC with monetary donations and food items several times per year. 

Time Commitment

  • Varies 
Volunteer Opportunities

Family Promise of the North Fulton/DeKalb Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

The Interfaith Hospitality Network is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families facing homelessness try to get back on their feet. NPC has signed on as a host site supporting this ministry with our hearts, hands, and facilities. Families stay with us for one week at a time, four times a year.   

Time Commitment

  • Varies depending on volunteer activity
Volunteer Opportunities

The Drake House

This is a residential assessment center for homeless women and children in Roswell offering housing and programs to provide stability while working toward self-sufficiency. 

Time Commitment

  • Varies 
Volunteer Opportunities

Weekend Mission Trip

Typically occurring in late September, this annual weekend of service is for children and adults. This all-ages weekend get-away is close to home so you can maximize your time in fellowship and service. 

Time Commitment

  • One weekend per year
Volunteer Opportunity

Honduras Mission Trip
This is our annual one week Mission Trip to Rancho Paraiso in Central Honduras. While there, we partner with a village and undertake construction projects throughout the village, conduct Bible School with the children, make house visits, have a fiesta, and learn about our Honduran brothers and sisters.

Time Commitment

  • Away Team – travels to Honduras 
  • Home Team – supports Away Team with prayers, fundraising efforts, and helps to gather items to donate for the trip
  • Language Teacher – teach Spanish to the Away Team
  • Prayer Partners – before and while the Team is in Honduras
Volunteer Opportunities

Gatherings

Fellowship Committee

These volunteers take the lead for the "social connection" of the congregation. Our goal is to provide every member with the opportunity to engage in an NPC social function at least once a month. We provide direction to stimulate a broader "social" calendar. The Committee meets on the second Thursday of every other month. 

Time Commitment

  • Set up and clean up for each event
  • 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month  
Volunteer Opportunities

Other Skills / Abilities Needed:

Presbyterian Women

A church-wide organization whose membership is open to all women of the PC(USA) who choose to participate. Activities include: Bible Studies, Annual Spring Retreat, and quarterly Gatherings.

 PW Coordinating Team (CT)

The leaders and moderators meet monthly to oversee the management of the organization.

Time Commitment

  • Meetings – 2 hours per month
  • Additional time required varies based on position 
Volunteer Opportunity

Circle Bible Study Groups

Rebekah and Ruth Circles meet monthly from September through May and provide an inclusive, caring community of women who use PW resources to strengthen and enrich this community of faith. Rebekah Circle meets on third Tuesday evening of each month at 7:00 pm; Ruth Circle meets the third Wednesday morning of each month at 9:45 am.

Time Commitment

  • Circle meetings – 2 to 3 hours per month 
Volunteer Opportunities

JOY Bi-Weekly Bible Study 

This group meets at 9:45 am approximately twice a month on Wednesday mornings (during the school year) for Bible study by authors such as Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer.

Time Commitment

  • 2 hour class twice a month
Volunteer Opportunity

Men’s Ministries – Thursday Morning Group

This group meets weekly at 7:30 am on Thursday mornings for breakfast, coffee, discussions, and fellowship.

Time Commitment

  • One hour per week
Volunteer Opportunities

Men’s Ministries – Tuesday Night Group

This group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in a member's home for interesting discussions of current events of biblical proportion.

Time Commitment

  • 1½ hours per week
Volunteer Opportunities

Men’s Ministries – Men in Aprons

This ad hoc group comes together a couple of times a year to cooks pancakes and bacon for our congregation.

Time Commitment

  • Varies according to prep, cook, and clean up needs
Volunteer Opportunity

Prime Timers

Seniors (members 55 and up) meet on the second Thursday of each month and occasionally at other times for lunch, an outing, or ministry work.

Time Commitment

  • Lunch on the second Thursday of each month
  • Occasional outings to places of interest
Volunteer Opportunities

Behind the Scenes Ministries

Business & Facilities Management Committee (BFMC)

Oversees the Church's Facilities, Personnel concerns, and Finances.This Committee meets on the second Monday of each month (except in July)

Time Commitment

  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm the second Monday of each month
  • Other meetings as scheduled
Volunteer Opportunities

Other Skills / Abilities Needed

Stewardship Committee

Plans for NPC’s annual giving campaign, including congregational communications and celebrations of God’s gifts to our lives and our church family. The Committee meets once a month on a Wednesday night.

Time Commitment

  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm one Wednesday per month
Volunteer Opportunities

Facilities Committee

Maintain the physical property of the church, both inside and out. This Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 

Time Commitment

  • Work days, 2 hours every 6 weeks
  • 2–3 hours two Saturdays a year
  • As needed for repairs / projects
  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm the 4th Wednesday of each month
Volunteer Opportunities

Other Skills / Abilities Needed

Communications & Technology Committee (CTC)

Works with other committees to insure NPC information is shared effectively to members and the community. Maintains the northminster-atl.org website content. Maintains NPC computer. This Committee on the first Thursday of each month. 

Time Commitment

  • Time required to send updates to web site as needed
  • 6 to 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. 
Volunteer Opportunities

Outreach Committee

Creates a presence for NPC ministries in the community, seeks ways to let people who we are and the gifts this congregation is willing to share with those around us. This Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Time Commitment

  • Varies depending on activity
  • 7:00 to 8:30 pm the third Thursday of each month
Volunteer Opportunities

Office Volunteers

Time Commitment

  • 2 hours a week to collate or count
  • 3 hours a week to answer phones / greet visitors
  • 1½ hours a week to collate bulletins or organize sanctuary
Volunteer Opportunities

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