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LOVE Serves ministry opportunities

LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. SERVE OUR WORLD.

From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4:16 Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Black Rock! This bulletin is designed to help match you with a serving opportunity that caters to your passions and challenges you to grow spiritually! Look over each opportunity and prayerfully consider which one(s) might best fit you. If you can’t find an exact match, don’t worry! Sometimes we experience the most growth by trying new things and venturing outside of our comfort zones. Also, we are always available to sit with you and help you find the your best opportunity at BRC! To sign up for any of the below teams, please contact Pauline Santos at [email protected]

Café CAFÉ COUNTER SUNDAYS • TWICE A MONTH FLEXIBLE SHIFTS (BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER EACH WORSHIP SERVICE!) Foster a friendly atmosphere at Black Rock as you serve our guests, operate the register and prepare and display food in our Café.

CAFÉ COMPLIMENTARY STATION SUNDAYS • TWICE A MONTH FLEXIBLE SHIFTS (BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER EACH WORSHIP SERVICE!) If you prefer to serve behind the scenes, we need help with coffeemaking and coffee service set-up or tear down. Brew coffee firstthing Sunday morning and set up our self-serve coffee/tea stations (8am), serve during the morning to keep the coffee flowing (during each service) or help after church to clean up those areas and wash out the coffee containers (1pm).

Care Black Rock Care works closely with our ministry teams to ensure that each person receives exceptional care. We are devoted to caring for the young and not so young with ongoing and seasonal resources designed to serve everyone from families with small children to our senior adults!

CARE MEALS TEAM MONDAY-SUNDAY • MONTHLY OR AS OFTEN AS DESIRED • 1-3 HOURS Share encouragement and love as you prepare and deliver meals to those recovering from serious illness, surgery and other difficult situations.

CARE TRANSPORTATION TEAM MONDAY-SATURDAY • WEEKLY • 1-3 HOURS Encourage people as you provide transportation to church services and health care appointments (doctors, hospitals, etc.).

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PHOTOGRAPHY FLEXIBLE DAYS AND TIMES • 4 HOURS PER MONTH Use your photography skills to create great quality our photos for our publications and announcements. Often pictures send a much more powerful message than words!

GRAPHIC ARTIST FLEXIBLE DAYS AND TIMES • WEEKLY • 2 HOURS Create graphics for our services and special programs, and give input on many of our publications. In today’s culture graphics are a key way to communicate, use your skills help us stay on the forefront of this trend!

SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT FLEXIBLE DAYS AND TIMES • WEEKLY • 2 HOURS WEEKLY Assist by responding to user comments, engaging with those viewing and commenting on our live service feed each Sunday or maximizing our reach with Google Ad Words and analytic support.

Facilities Many hands make light work! Our facilities teams keep our building and grounds clean and welcoming. There are opportunities to serve weekly, monthly or for special events. This is a great way for families to serve together and to invest in being the best possible stewards of God’s property.

SUNDAY CLEAN TEAM SUNDAYS • TWICE A MONTH • 12:30-1:30 PM This team performs light cleaning duties after our worship services. Duties include: vacuuming, trash collection, wiping surfaces/tables, sweeping and making sure main areas are tidy following Sunday services.

SATURDAY GROUNDS TEAM SATURDAYS • TWICE A MONTH • 9AM TO NOON This seasonal Grounds team handles: weeding, weed whacking, leaf blowing, some mowing (bring your own lawn mowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers if available).

MID-WEEK MAINTENANCE TEAM PREFERABLY WEDNESDAYS, BUT ANY WEEKDAY OKAY • DAYTIME AS AVAILABLE Assist our lead custodian with deeper cleaning, painting and maintenance throughout the church building as well as with seasonal outdoor labor.

SPECIAL PROJECTS TEAM SATURDAYS • QUARTERLY OR PRIOR TO MAJOR HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL EVENTS 9:00AM - 1PM Volunteers assist with deeper cleaning, painting and maintenance throughout the church building as well as with seasonal outdoor labor.

Guest Services Those serving within our Guest Services Ministry provide the warmest possible welcome to our guests and help them connect with the Black Rock community. They serve across all areas of our Welcome Center and Worship Center.

PARKING TEAM ASSISTANT SUNDAYS • MONTHLY • 1 HOUR (30 MIN BEFORE AND 30 MIN DURING WORSHIP SERVICE) Our parking team is instrumental in creating a welcoming atmosphere for Black Rock members and guests alike. The “Yellow Jackets”, as they are kindly called, help our guests find a parking spot quickly and easily.

GUEST CONNECTION AGENTS SUNDAYS • ONCE OR TWICE MONTHLY • 1 HOUR DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Every month our church welcomes an average of 70 guests, the Guest Connection Agents help those visiting us find their home in our church. They welcome our guests, answer their questions and help them connect to our community. If you enjoy helping newcomers and being knowledgeable about our church, this team is the place for you.

KIDS GUEST CONNECTION AGENTS SUNDAYS • WEEKLY OR EVERY OTHER WEEK • 1 HOUR DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Each week we have 2-10 new families attend our church. Our Kids Guest Reception team has the privilege to help parents connect to the Black Rock community and enroll their children in our Kids Ministry programs. If you love to interact with families and love our church, you would be perfect for this team.

GREETERS SUNDAYS • MONTHLY • 40 MIN (20 MINUTES BEFORE AND 20 MINUTES INTO WORSHIP SERVICES) Greet people as they enter the church building and help them connect with Black Rock resources. This is a crucial serving role as you are often the first person a guest encounters at Black Rock.

USHERS SUNDAYS • MONTHLY • 1 HOUR DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Greet people as they enter the worship service, provide them the bulletin and help them to be seated. This is a crucial serving role since you will be welcoming our guest to Black Rock!

RESOURCE CENTER ASSISTANTS SUNDAYS • ONCE OR TWICE MONTHLY • 30 AFTER WORSHIP SERVICES Encourage our guests’ by matching them to resources that will equip, empower and inform them. Our Resource Center Assistants suggest books, DVDs, study Bibles, event tickets and other resources that will enhance guests’ spiritual development and experience.

Kids Ministry At Black Rock we want kids to be excited to come to church to not only connect with others but most importantly to grow closer to their heavenly Father. Our Kids Ministry focuses on bringing children to a real and active relationship with God at an early age. There are volunteer opportunities on both Sundays and weekdays in areas such as Small Groups, praise and worship, drama, media, snacks, crafts, computer check-in, security, and more. If you have a passion to see children grow in their relationship with God, this is the ministry for you!

KIDS COVER TEAM SUNDAYS • EVERY OTHER WEEK • DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Greet families as they enter our Kids areas, assist with Check-in Kiosks, check security badges to welcome our families and promote the safety of our children.

KIDS COVE PRESCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS SUNDAYS • WEEKLY • DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Lead and oversee activities to teach our preschoolers about Jesus in a fun and engaging way. Promote a safe and welcoming atmosphere among our little ones. Help is especially needed with 2-4 year olds during the summer months.

KIDS COVE JR NURSERY CARE SUNDAYS • WEEKLY • DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Supervise and entertain our youngest guests. If you love to hold babies or play with toddlers we would love your help!

UPTOWN ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AND HELPERS SUNDAYS • WEEKLY OR EVERY OTHER WEEK • 8:15-9:45 AM OR 9:30-11:15 AM Be a mentor to encourage our elementary school students. Encourage our 1st through 4th grade students to grown in their faith while taking advantage of all the activities our Uptown Elementary wing has to offer.

AWANA LEADERS MONDAY NIGHTS • WEEKLY • 6:30-7:45PM OR 7:00-8:30PM Awana leaders to help kids ages 4 through 4th grade grow closer to God through Bible lessons, games, crafts, and other fun activities.

SHINE - SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY SUNDAYS • WEEKLY OR BI-WEEKLY • DURING WORSHIP SERVICES Seize the unique opportunity to help children with special needs learn about Jesus. As a shine volunteer you will be paired up with a student to become a friend and help them engage in the activities.

MID-WEEK OFFICE SUPPORT MONDAYS OR WEDNESDAYS • WEEKLY • 9:30AM-2PM Assist with the administrative tasks of our Kids Ministry. Office volunteers must be willing to do various office tasks and computer skills, especially an understanding of Microsoft Office is preferable.

Missions Global outreach is part of the very DNA of Black Rock Church. Since 1933, Black Rock has been sending missionaries around the globe in response to the Great Commission of Christ in Matthew 28:18-20. Over the past 80 years, our missionary family has grown to over 60

families and individuals serving in 30 countries. This list includes 13 “creative access” countries where there is limited freedom of religion, and Christians risk persecution for their faith.

WEEKDAY OFFICE SUPPORT WEEKDAYS • FLEXIBLE TIMES • 2-3 HOURS PER MONTH Support Black Rock’s Global Missions Program and our missionaries, global partners, and local partners by helping in the office with various administrative tasks.

Spiritual Development We are dedicated to helping people of all ages grow into high impact Christ-followers through our Spiritual Development process of Worship, Community, Serving and Ownership. Volunteers help Black Rock members and guest take their best next step of growth.

PRAYER TEAM SUNDAYS • MONTHLY • 10-15 MINUTES • 25 PEOPLE NEEDED Pray with Black Rock members and guest before the 10am service and pray with people in the Worship Center following Sunday services. Connect those who ask for prayer to to additional spiritual support.

MARRIAGE MENTOR TEAM ONCE A YEAR • 6-8 WEEKS PER YEAR Share life lessons with and advise couples who are considering marriage. A marriage mentor team is a couple who has been married at least 10 years and is in a healthy marriage relationship. They will be trained to use an assessment instrument (FOCCUS) as a guide for their discussions with couples.

COMMUNITY GROUP LEADER FALL, WINTER OR SPRING TERMS • WEEKLY • 8-9 WEEKS PER TERM Lead discussions, ask questions and share personal experiences to establish a welcoming small group environment that encourages members to grow closer to Christ and closer in community. New facilitators needed in various local areas (Fairfield, Shelton, Trumbull, Westport, Milford, Stratford, etc.). Commitments of one year are preferred; day of the week is dependent on the group.

COMMUNITY GROUP HOST FALL, WINTER OR SPRING TERMS • WEEKLY • 8-9 WEEKS PER TERM Open up your home to a community group during each term. A host creates a warm, caring atmosphere and has enough comfortable seating that is distraction-free for the group members. New hosts needed in various local areas (Fairfield, Shelton, Trumbull, Westport, Milford, Stratford, etc). Commitments of one year are preferred; day of the week is dependent on the group.

MOMS OF THE ROCK CHILDCARE WORKERS 2ND & 4TH TUESDAYS EACH MONTH • SEPTEMBER-MAY • 9:30-11:30AM Care for babies and preschoolers while moms meet to grow in their faith and receive support. Help on one or both Tuesdays each month. No experience required but must love children – training provided.

Student Ministry Student Ministry at Black Rock offers exciting and challenging opportunities for students to encounter God and develop meaningful relationships. We desire for students to gain ownership of their faith and truly experience how much fun it is to live the life God intended them to

live. We are exploding with growth during our mid-week programs and would welcome your involvement in this life-changing ministry.

MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERS WEDNESDAYS • WEEKLY • 7-8:45 PM Hang out with our middle school students, build relationships, and co-lead a small group discussion. Allow God to use you as you pour into the lives of these extremely moldable youngsters. Female leaders are especially needed!

HIGH SCHOOL LEADERS TUESDAYS • WEEKLY • 7-9:15 PM Hang out with high school students, build relationships, and co-lead a small group discussion. You will partner with another adult leader as you pour into a specific grade and gender small group of students.

WEEKDAY OFFICE SUPPORT WEEKDAYS • FLEXIBLE TIMES Empower our students by helping prepare and organize the many initiatives Student Ministry has for them. Helping with the office work component of this ministry is a great opportunity for those who are gifted administratively and/or would like to help during weekdays or flexible hours.

SUNDAY CHECK-IN ASSISTANT SUNDAYS • 30 MINUTES, 1-4X MONTHLY • 11:15AM Help our students feel welcomed and ensure they are efficiently checked into our Sunday Morning classes. No previous technology experience necessary.

SUNDAY CLASS ASSISTANT SUNDAYS • 90 MINUTES, 1-4X MONTHLY • 11:15AM Assist our Student Ministry staff during the 11:30am Sunday classes for our middle and high school students. Help run activities, group discussions and provide presentation support.

tech If you are interested in technology and have a desire to create engaging services and media this is a team for you! If you prefer to use your talents to serve behind the scenes, we can use your help. Many positions have job training so no previous experience is needed! Positions are also flexible, so you can chose how often you serve each month.

CAMERA CREW SUNDAY MORNING • AS OFTEN AS DESIRED • 1-3 HOURS Do you like to be behind the camera? Come join our camera crew! Direct and call the cameras to broadcast our services on LIVE Stream and on televisions in our building so that all can experience our great services. All skill levels welcome, training provided.

PROJECTION ASSISTANTS SUNDAY MORNING • ONCE MONTHLY • 1-3 HOURS Work on with our computer programs to display lyrics, videos, pictures and other media during each service. All skill levels are welcome and training is provided. No previous experience necessary.

SOUND ASSISTANTS SUNDAY MORNING • TWICE MONTHLY • 3 HOURS Learn to operate our soundboard and balance the sound needs of our Worship Team, media, pastors and speakers for each service. All skill levels welcome, training provided. No previous experience necessary.

LIGHTING ASSISTANTS SUNDAY MORNING • TWICE MONTHLY • 3 HOURS Run and create the lighting designs that compliment our Worship sets during each service. Entry level and advanced positions available, training provided.

VIDEO PRODUCTION FLEXIBLE DAYS AND TIMES • 5 HOURS PER MONTH Create, produce and/or edit videos for our services and programs. Projects will be randomly assigned as needed. If you are interested in producing, directing, scripting, shooting and organization, now is your chance to be part of a team that will have an active role in our journey for years to come.

Worship If you have a heart for connecting people to God through music our Worship Team is the place for you. With two different service styles, Traditional and Contemporary, vocalists and instrumentalists to lead our congregation into God’s presence in the worship style with which they’re most comfortable. Desired skill levels vary and many positions require an auditions process. To find out more about auditions, go to www.blackrock.org/auditions.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP TEAM SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE • SUNDAYS 8:30AM-12:30PM, WEDNESDAY 7-9 PM Play or sing with our Contemporary Services band and lead our church to connect with God through music. Vocals and instrumentals positions available, auditions required.

TRADITIONAL SERVICES BAND SUNDAYS & THURSDAYS • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE • SUNDAYS 7:45-9:30AM Play with our Traditional Services band and lead our church to connect with God through a traditional style of music. Classical instrument positions available, auditions required.

ADULT CHOIR SUNDAYS & THURSDAYS • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE SUNDAYS 7:45-9:30AM, THURSDAY 7-9 PM Sing with our Traditional Service adult choir, every week or arrange a flexible schedule with the director. All experience levels welcome.

STAGE CREATION TEAM FLEXIBLE DAYS AND TIMES • 4 HOURS PER MONTH Help create new sets for sermon series and programs using props, lights and light construction. If you have experience in painting, graphic design and construction, please look to serve in this new role.

SERVING ONBOARDING PROCESS Ready to serve at Black Rock? We have an onboarding process just for you! This process is required of all volunteers serving in any capacity at Black Rock Church and is designed to not only help you find the best serving opportunity for you but also to equip you serve well. Our quick, three-part Serving Onboarding process includes a Serving Seminar, a Background Screening and the SafeGuard Training. Find out more about each part below:

SERVING SEMINAR Also, please join us for an orientation seminar where we will talk about using your gifts, heart, experiences, and personality to serve at Black Rock. Whether you have never served at Black Rock before or are looking for a better fix, this seminar will open your eyes to where God might be leading you in serving. Orientations happen monthly and we ask that you sign up on the Serving page of at the Next Steps Kiosk or through our app under "connect". (blackrock.org/serve)

SAFEGUARD TRAINING All Black Rock volunteers are required to complete SafeGuard From Abuse Certification before serving. This online training focuses on best practices to protect children and vulnerable adults in our midst from abuse. As Black Rock volunteers we are mandated reporters of child abuse by the State of Connecticut and this training is designed to educate and protect our community. Volunteers may take it before or after the volunteer orientation class but must complete it before beginning to serve.

BACKGROUND SCREENING As part of the onboarding process, all Black Rock volunteers read and sign a Background Screening Consent form. If you have any questions regarding the volunteer screening process please email [email protected]