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Why Volunteers?

It's significant that the Bible speaks of the church as a "body" and not as a collection of individuals or even families, each doing their own thing. Rather, like a human body, our identity resides in how we are connected together for a common purpose. Specifically, just as a body needs different parts with different tasks to function together for the good of the body (e.g., the eyes see and the ears hear for the benefit of the whole body) so, too, does a healthy church need many people in many different roles working together.  There's no other way for us to become what God wants and needs Community to be. Here at Community that means that, in addition to staff, we rely heavily on volunteers. It's not only the pastors, elders and deacons who do the important stuff. If you're a long-term member of this body, this church, then you will have volunteered in many different ways at Community. If you're a new member then you'll come to know more about God, yourself and the people that are Community only by volunteering. Volunteering in this way is crucial to being a Christ-follower, to being a Christian.

Current Volunteer Needs

One of the great things about volunteering at Community is that you're never doing it on your own. Other parts of the body, other members of the church, have done what you're volunteering to do. They are more than willing to help you and to teach you what needs to be done. Inexperience, in other words, is not an excuse for avoiding to volunteer. (Beyond this way of overcoming inexperience, all volunteers undergo mandatory training in disability awareness, safe church policy, abuse prevention practices and emergency/fire safety; see Mandatory Volunteer Training below.) Since volunteering is putting into practice what God calls you to do it'll mean that a lack of time is rarely an excuse as well (e.g., volunteering helps you to sort out what should be your priorities). Overcoming inexperience and a lack of time are challenges which other volunteers have met and learning how you can as well is another great benefit that you receive when volunteering.

Please keep these things in mind when considering the following volunteer opportunities. Each position below is linked to more information about that position. If you are interested in any of these positions please email the church office at office@ccrc.on.ca or at the ministry address provided.

GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Saviour) Please email gems@ccrc.on.ca.

  • Position: GEMS Counsellor. Time Commitment: 2 hours/week from September-April. Short Description: The basic responsibility of a GEMS volunteer is to develop a loving, nurturing relationship with girls in her club and to point them closer to Jesus. A counsellor is the primary mentor for a group of 6-8 girls, leading small group time.
  • Position: GEMS Craft Leader. Time Commitment: 2 hours/week or 2-3 nights a year from September-April (can be discussed based on availability). Short Description: The basic responsibility of a GEMS volunteer is to develop a loving, nurturing relationship with girls in her club and to point them closer to Jesus. A Craft Leader plans and prepares crafts for club night and directs girls through the crafts.
  • Position: GEMS A/V Leader. Time Commitment: 2 hours/week from September-April. Short Description: The basic responsibility of a GEMS volunteer is to develop a loving, nurturing relationship with girls in her club and to point them closer to Jesus. An Audio/Visual Leader prepares slides and songs and then makes sure the microphones are on and operates the projection during our opening and closing worship time. She also mentors the older girls by teaching them how to use the technology.
  • Position Name: GEMS Prayer Partner. Time Commitment: 2 hours/week from September-April. Short Description: The basic responsibility of a GEMS volunteer is to develop a loving, nurturing relationship with girls in her club and to point them closer to Jesus. A Prayer Partner commits to praying for leaders and girls in club, and may be available to pray with and for girls during club. 

Mandatory Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training usually takes place at Community during the month of September, before the ministries begin their year.  The training covers the areas mentioned in the section above.  If you are new to volunteering and were not able to attend any of the September training sessions please contact Pastor Carel at carel@ccrc.on.ca.

There are several significant documents with which volunteers must be familiar.  These can be found on the Accessiblity, Forms and Policy page since they are applicable to not just volunteers but to everyone who attends Community.