How Can I Contribute To St. Stephen's
Youth or Children's Programs?
Parents of youth group members are asked to sign up to bring breakfast
for the group at least twice during the year. The breakfast program
is very important as it entices the youth to come on time, provides
a good social experience for them, and gives them energy for their
lessons and discussions.
It is also important that young people bond with adults other than
their parents and feel free to have open discussions. For these
reasons, parents of youth members are rarely asked to volunteer
in youth programs. We would however, be very pleased if you would
be interested in volunteering for one of our Children's ministries.
Some of the volunteer positions are listed below...
15 Minute Commitments
We need adults to supervise the playground from 9:45-10:00 am on
Sunday mornings. It is a very important job because it enables our
Sunday School teachers to get their supplies put away and get themselves
to Church on time. We like to schedule people to assist with this
job for a month at a time.
Occassional Teaching Commitments
Substitute for a Sunday School teacher or Youth Leader that is unable
to be present. Each of our classes has at least two teachers so
you would most often act as an assistant to the teacher who is present.
On occasion you could be asked to lead, in which case a lesson plan
would be provided. You would usually be contacted several days to
several weeks in advance to see if you would be available.
Children's Chapel Teacher
Bettie Downing and Susan Bek usually officiate at the Children's
Chapel Service. Your job as a Children's Chapel Teacher would be
to "tell the story" which is to read the Gospel during
the part of the service designated for the Gospel. Following that,
you will give the sermon (discussion). The curriculum we will provide
for you works very well with the service. Chapel teachers are also
asked to choose a brief activity from those suggested in the curriculum.
This activity should provide some fun for the children while reinforcing
the ideas learned in the lesson. You would be asked to teach approximately
once every six weeks.
Bettie Downing and Susan Bek lead the Chapel Service. Your job as
a KinderChapel teacher would be to attend that service and assist
with KinderChapel children as necessary. KinderChapel teachers work
in teams. Your team would teach approximately once every six weeks.
One Time Commitments
Bring-A-Friend Sunday Coordinator
Your job as Bring-A-Friend Coordinator would be to lead a special
activity for the children. This is a one-time commitment that provides
fun for our children and a break for our Sunday School Teachers.
Bring-A-Friend Sundays include Orientation/Continental Breakfast
(September), Children's Sabbath Pancake Breakfast (October), All
Saints Day (November), Epiphany Pageant (February), Carnival (May),
and Beginning of Summer Party (June).
Bring-A-Friend Sunday Assistant
Your job as Bring-A-Friend Sunday Assistant would be to assist at
a special activity for the children. This is a one-time commitment
that provides fun for our children and a break for our Sunday School
Teachers. Bring-A-Friend Sundays include Orientation/Continental
Breakfast (September), Children's Sabbath Pancake Breakfast (October),
All Saints Day (November), Epiphany Pageant (February), Carnival
(May), and Beginning of Summer Party (June).