Serving
How to get involved

Jesus Came to Serve & Calls Us to Do the Same

The local church, or “the monastery”, is a unique place where believers lovingly and joyfully serve one another. Serving the monastery is an outward expression and stewardship of Christ’s love, grace and mercy, that we have experienced for ourselves. As we serve, we do so in a manner that is humble, generous, and hospitable. Every Sunday, it is the seemingly small and behind the scenes works of service by faithful volunteers that help Terra Nova fulfill its mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. We hope all our volunteers know how grateful we are for their service.

If you attend Terra Nova regularly we encourage you to serve regularly and connect with others in the process. We hope our volunteers are able to serve on a team where they may utilize the gifts God has given them.

Service

Serve Terra Saratoga

Atmosphere

Description

Each week one person is scheduled to set up and tear down any needed atmosphere supplies and communion elements. They arrive at the church forty five minutes before the start of the service. Pictures are provided of the current atmosphere arrangement, if any set up is necessary.

Is this for me?

This team’s purpose is to creatively arrange an environment that helps to usher people into worship. While there is opportunity for team members to contribute to the seasonal designs, no creativity is necessary in order to set-up and tear-down— just an eye for detail, and an ability to arrive early and stay late about once a month.

Specifics
Serve Time
8:15 - 8:45am, 10:30 - 10:45
Frequency
Once a month

Audio Team

Description

Each week, one volunteer is scheduled to oversee all sound and lighting for the service. Team members arrive at 7:54am to get set up and EQ through the worship rehearsal.

Is this for me?

On Sunday morning, there is always a person who is helping to ensure that the preaching, music, and visual elements help usher people into worship as effectively as possible. Experience is great, but not required (we can train you). However, a good ear for this kind of things is essential.

Specifics
Serve Time
7:30am through the service time
Frequency
Once a month

Counting

Description

Each week two volunteers are scheduled to count the offering. Those serving will collect the pails after they have been passed around at the end of the service. They will then count the money in a designated area and fill out a spreadsheet. Counting typically takes about 15 minutes.

Is this for me?

We are looking for individuals* who are comfortable handling large amounts of money and are willing to stay about 15 minutes after the end of the service to count. We ask that these individuals are detail-oriented and able to keep in confidence the giving of others.

*This role is typically reserved for those who have been doing life with us at Terra Nova for a while.

Specifics
Serve Time
For 15 minutes after the service
Frequency
Once or twice a month

Door Watch

Description

Each week we schedule a person to monitor the front door to welcome any late arrivals and act as a buffer to our Terra Kids’ program during the service. Volunteers on this team can be upstairs for the first part of worship, and then head downstairs to the lobby around 9:10am to relieve the hospitality team, remaining there for the rest of the service.

Is this for me?

We ask for men to fill this role given the protective nature of the task. This role is both important for directing late-comers (who are often new), as well as offering some peace-of-mind for our Terra Kid’s volunteers and families. Members of this team serve no more than once a month – typically less.

Specifics
Serve Time
During the service
Frequency
Once a month, or less

Handyman

Description

If you have a knack for fixing / building things, there are often projects that we’d like to get done. This is a behind-the-scenes way to help ensure that ministry happens as seamlessly and effectively as possible at Terra. There is no set regularity to this role, but these volunteers will be presented with needs that the church has as they come up. 

Specifics
Serve Time
On an as-needed basis

Hospitality

DESCRIPTION

Each week two people are scheduled to hand out Guidepages while welcoming people to church, serve communion, and answer questions at the Welcome Desk after the service. They arrive twenty minutes prior to the start of the service and stay at the Welcome Desk for about twenty minutes afterwards.

IS THIS FOR ME?

The hospitality team is the face of Terra Nova on a Sunday in many ways. Team members will likely be people’s first and last impressions, and no one else on a Sunday will have contact with as many people as the members of this team. You don’t have to have all the answers, but people skills and a willingness to guide and direct newcomers is important.

Specifics
Serve Time
Arrive at 8:40am & Stay about 20 minutes after the service
Frequency
Once or twice a month

Facility

Description

Since Terra Nova rents its worship space, each week there is a volunteer who arrive one and a half hours early to set up before the service, and stays for about 30 minutes afterwards to tear down. These volunteers are in charge of setting up all tables, chairs, signs, rugs and anything else that Terra uses during the service. This team is essential to Sunday services. They very practically help to create a space for both our adults and children that is conducive to worship, learning, and growing together.

Is this for me?

We are looking for volunteers who can arrive one and a half hours before the service and who we can depend on to be there on time and work in an efficient manner. An aptitude for organization and an eye for detail is very helpful. Volunteers should also know that there will be minor heavy lifting involved.

Specifics
Serve Time
7 - 8:30am; 10:15 - 10:45am
Frequency
Once a month

ProPresenter

Description

Each week there is one person scheduled to run ProPresenter, advancing the song and sermon slides during the service. They arrive an hour and a half before the service (during the worship rehearsal) to familiarize themselves with that Sunday’s worship set and to make any necessary edits to the slides.

Is this for me?

We are looking for volunteers who can arrive early once a month, have an eye for detail, and are generally comfortable navigating their way around a computer. No need to already know how to use the ProPresenter software— we can teach you.

Specifics
Serve Time
Arrive 7:30am and serve during the service
Frequency
Once a month

Terra Kids

Description

Each week in our Terra Kids a number of people serve our children in a variety of ways in our Children’s space. This includes, teaching, assisting, cleaning, greeting and serving as a door watch.

Is This for me?

We would love for people who are willing to serve the generation of the church join us as we care for our ever growing Kids program.

Specifics

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