Serve on a team
One of the best ways to feel like you’re truly part of church life is by helping out, and it’s a great way
to get to know people better too.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
At UPC we have a Children and Families Minister, Hannah, who heads up the children’s teams. She would love to see more children and families be welcomed in and discipled by like minded people who love God and His people but for that to happen we need more volunteers! There are plenty of things to get involved with and many more in the pipeline… Let us know if you could be involved!
Outside of Church
- Toddler Group on Wednesday mornings – there are opportunities to help with set up, refreshments, welcome, chatting, reading stories, singing and pack up.
- Vision (after school youth club for Years 5 & 6) on Wednesday afternoons – we’d love helpers to join rota and we’d love to have more visitors to tell us about their Christian faith or spiritual gift.
- Sparks (Monday lunch club for Infants) – if you have a passion for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, this is for you! We’d love someone to present the bible in engaging ways while giving the children opportunities to respond creatively.
- Big Questions (Tuesday lunch club for Years 3 & 4) – these mini philosophers love getting their heads around the big questions of life and faith. If you could help for 25 minutes every Tuesday, get in touch.
- Parenting Courses – From time to time we run parenting courses and these may be in the mornings, evenings or full days. Could you help serve refreshments? Aid discussion? Help with the child care?
- Annual parties like Pancake Parties and Pumpkin Parties – These events are great for those helpers who can’t commit to anything regular but would like to be involved somehow. Could you help us in the thrilling task of setting and packing up? Or possibly running a game or two? Would you be more comfortable serving food and drinks or maybe running a creative activity?
- Creche – We have a glass-fronted creche at the back of church where families before, during or after the service. It’s currently not a drop-off style creche but if this is something you’d be interested in, let us know. We’d love some more helpers to give the toys a good clean from time to time and to update the toys when they’ve been loved too much!
- Bubbles (The Sunday service Junior Church break out group for ages 3 to 7) – This group is growing and we would love some more helpers to come on board and share in the fun! If you see yourself more of a helper than a leader then that’s great too!
- Splash (The Sunday service Junior Church break out groups for ages 7 to 11) – These inquisitive youngsters have a thirst for learning and throw themselves into everything. To lead or help with this group will be fulfilling and a great privilege. Could that be you?
- Explore Together (This Sunday service takes place on the second Sunday of every month) – Although not exactly children’s work being on the Explore Together team would entail thinking of the best ways to engage all ages from young child to the elderly. Made up of 6 zones of worship, helping to plan, prepare or set up these zones would mean coming to the church at 9.15am, ‘hosting’ a zone and staying behind to pack away. This is our newest endeavour and we will be trialling it until the summer. If this is something you are passionate about carrying on, please get in touch to help out.
‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’ (1 Timothy 4:12)
We are in the process of advertising for a new Youth Minister so in the meantime we are incredibly thankful for the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. It is exciting that we have many opportunities for new helpers in all areas of our youth ministry though and would love to welcome you!
Outside of Church
- Energize (Youth club on Tuesday evenings for Years 7 to 11) – Here there are opportunities to become the group leader or to come on board as a helper. This group are hilarious and inquisitive and would love more direction and wisdom from older, experience Christians. Does this sound like you?
- Encounter (Small group for 16 to 18 years olds) – These young adults love getting together and there is never a dull moment. If you have a heart for this age group and would love to know more, get in touch.
- Annual events such as Youth Weekends Away and day trips – These events are great for those helpers who can’t commit to anything regular but would like to be involved somehow. Could you help us in the thrilling task of setting and packing up? Or possible running a game or two? Would you be more comfortable serving food and drinks or maybe running a creative space?
- H2O (Sunday service break out group for ages 11 to 14) – This group is small but mighty! They would love some fresh faces to come on board to either plan, lead or help. It is at this crucial age that young people often decide the fate of their faith so providing them with Christian role models is vitally important. It sounds like a tall order – are you up for the challenge?
- Empower (Ecumenical, youth led, Sunday night service) – This joint endeavour from UPC, Croftlands Community Church, Emmanuel Christian Centre and the Methodist church is a fantastic opportunity to be around and get to know young people from Ulverston and beyond. The services are three times a year and there are chances to set up, welcome at the door, serve refreshments and be a part of the young ministry team.
‘Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.’ (Romans 15:7)
Being one of the first faces that someone sees as they walk through the doors of church is a pivotal role as we all make a decision about whether or not we like a place within 3 seconds. Whether you’ve come to church for 50 years or you’ve come 5 times you are qualified to be part of the welcoming team – all you need is to be able to give a smile, hand shake or hug (depending on how charismatic you are)! The welcome team normally serve every six weeks. Get in touch if you think this is a way that you could serve God.
Tea & Coffee
‘Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.’ (1 Peter 4:8-9)
Have you ever made a hot drink before? Yes? Great – you have all the skills required to serve on this team! What’s stopping you? There is no stringent criteria, entrance exam nor is there a minimum church membership time to serve on this team. All are welcome to help set up, serve tea and coffee and pack away. We always provide tea and coffee after our 10.30am service on Sundays and before our 6.30pm service on Sunday evenings. Contact us if this is up your street.
‘…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…’ (Ephesians 5:19)
Do you have a passion for making music and leading others to worship? Can you play an instrument, sing or would you like to learn? We would love to hear from you! Here at UPC we have opportunities for people to get involved in the worship bands at both our 10.30am and 6.30pm Sunday services. If you have a passion for making music with a specific age group let us know as there are chances to play at children’s, youth and adult events too.
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‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’ (Colossians 3:23-24)
We are looking for volunteers to help with the tech side of the church services. This is a great opportunity for someone who already has some techy skills or someone willing to learn their way around a sound desk and use a simple computer program. Members of this team will required, on a rota basis, to meet before a service and set up the PowerPoint, projectors, TVs, microphones and speakers and would be responsible for packing away at the end. If this sounds like something you could help with, we would be thrilled to chat to you.
‘Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.’ (James 5:16)
Talking to God in prayer can be done in many different ways – there is no ‘proper’ way of praying. If you are comfortable praying to God out loud, in front of other people and for other people then we would love to welcome you on to the prayer team. As a church, we are fuelled by prayer and love to hear what God is saying to people so often we ask the prayer team to give us feedback about what God has been saying to them in times of collective prayer. If this sounds like something you would like to learn more about or be more involved in, get in touch.
‘Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.’ (Genesis 1:11-12)
We are stewards of God’s creation, particularly on Wednesday afternoons when the gardening team meet to work in the church grounds! Green fingers or not, if you would like to spend an hour or two a week helping to maintain our beautiful quiet garden, please contact us.