How Can I Help?
There is ALWAYS a need for volunteers in ministry. People wonder what they might be able to contribute or sometimes, they may feel they have nothing to offer. Well, everyone has something to offer! Youth Ministry needs volunteers in all kinds of ways – small, medium and large size ways! Here are a few areas where we can use some help right now. We need:
- Shoppers! That’s right – shoppers! People are willing to purchase snacks, office supplies, etc. and bring them by the youth center. We will give you the money up front or you can submit a receipt for reimbursement. If God so leads you, donations are always accepted as well.
- Chaperons (you must be at least 21 years old for this position) – Every event, we need responsible adults who can help us supervise students during activities.
- Jr. High and High School Youth Group Leaders – training is provided, safe environment requirements must be met (criminal background check, volunteer applications, etc.), and you must be willing to commit for at least 6 months during the school year (Sept. to June).
- Teen Leaders for both Jr. High and High School – that’s right – teens can volunteer to be on core for their age group. Just like the adult leaders, training is provided and the student must be able to commit for at least 6 months during the school year. More information will be given upon interview for training.
- Social Media – are you good at Twitter and Facebook? Want to help our office keep these pages and postings up to date? Then let us know and we’ll get you started!
- Prayer Partners – Our teens need prayer more than ever before. They struggle with tremendous peer pressure and other social issues. Our youth ministry will benefit from your constant intercession for God’s guidance, the gifts of his grace upon teens and leaders, healing for those in need and so much more.
- Bakers – Are you willing to provide a home made treat for our Youth Group kids once or twice a year? Let us know!
- Bulletin boards – there are a couple of bulletin boards in the youth center that would need to be updated with reminders and fliers, which are provided. This would take about 10 minutes once a month
- Cleaners – This is a GREAT one for TEENS! At least once a month, we would like to have about 5 teens who can come to the youth center at least 45 minutes ahead of youth group time to dust, sweep, vacuum and clean in the rooms that are used the most in the youth center. Many hands make for light work AND – we’ll fee you a nice supper of pizza too!
- Drivers/Chaperons for Kid’s Cafe – The first Monday of each month from Sept. to June, our kids from Ste. Marie head over to Salvation Army on Cedar St. in Manchester to participate in a mentoring program called Kid’s Cafe. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to put the Corporal Works of Mercy in action. We meet in the small Wayne St. parking lot at 4pm and leave by 4:30 to head over to Kid’s Cafe. We return at 7pm.
- Confirmation Program – This program runs with a Coordinator and a team of at least 8-10 parents. The parents who volunteer are asked to do the following at each class: Set up prior to 4pm Mass, take attendance at church, supervise student’s behavior during Mass and class time, clean up after supper in the school cafe, help close up after classes. More information will be given at the Parent/Student Information and Registration meetings each year.
- Fund Raising! This is a KEY factor in our non-profit programming! Since there is no charge for Youth Group and all fees for Confirmation are used for those students class expenses, fund raising is an important element of what we do. Our fund raisers are simple, easy and do not demand a great deal. If you are interested in being on a committee of 10 people with a commitment to work ONE fund raiser a year, then please contact us.
For those of you who choose to work in our ministry dealing directly with children on a regular basis, you are required by the State of NH and the Diocese of Manchester to complete Safe Environment “Not on My Watch” Training and paperwork. When you contact our office to volunteer, we will give you all the necessary paperwork. The Not On My Watch training is an easy, online option. This online training takes approximately 75 minutes to complete. Simply follow the instructions below and thank you for your time to this important training. It is very much appreciated!
1. Go to: www.nhchildsafety.org
2. Click on “Register Here.”
3. Enter the Registration Code: child safety
4. Click on “Next” and complete the registration information.
5. You are now ready to complete your online training!
There are other small ways to volunteer – such as: making phone calls, sending out email reminders, doing administrative tasks and other miscellaneous needs. If you are able to help our ministry in any way, please call our office at 603-624-1509 or send us an email at: email@example.com and we’ll chat with you to see how God might use your gifts and talents in this worthwhile ministry.
Thank you for your time! God bless you all!
Terry Bolduc, Director of Children and Youth Ministry