Using Your Skills in the Church
Modified on: January 11, 2016
One of the best ways to connect with our church is to share your talents. Whatever your skills and interests, you can find a place for them in our congregation. You are important to our ministry in the areas of Lifespan Faith Development, Worship, Social Justice, and Caring. The opportunities for service are endless. UUCS is volunteer powered. Share your talent and energize our program.
If you like or are interested in:
- Writing – Be an in-house writer for the newsletter or the website
- Singing or playing an instrument – Join the choir. Contact our music director firstname.lastname@example.org
- Playing the guitar – Perform at the monthly Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse
- Dramatic performance – Perform at the Coffeehouse.
- Art or computer graphics – Design logos and flyers for church activities
- Children and Youth – Join our Lifespan Faith Development teaching team, help out with youth groups, or help in the nursery
- Gardening Help with yard maintenance, bring flowers for the sanctuary or special occasions
- Interior decorating. Give us some ideas to make our church more attractive; make a banner
- Photography – Take some pictures of church events and submit to the newsletter or website Send to email@example.com with Unison or Web in the subject line
- Crafts – Teach the children how to make beads, masks, mandalas; or make something to sell at the Auction
- Cooking – Prepare food for Coffee and Conversation and special occasions
- Dancing – Contribute a lesson to the Auction or perform at a special service
- Hiking or Cycling – Ask around, you’ll find plenty of folks to walk or ride with
- Helping people – Visit the homebound, volunteer at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic. Help persons recuperating from an illness: sending cards, making meals, providing transportation to doctors
- Yoga or meditation – Teach a regular class
- Handyman work – Help fix up, paint, repair the church
- Astrology or Tarot cards – Do a chart or a reading as an auction donation
- Social Justice – Attend our Social Justice events on the fourth Wednesday of each month to find out what you can do in this area
- Office duty – Volunteer to answer the telephone or do clerical work
- Computers – Contribute an hour of computer maintenance or training to the Auction
- Sound systems – Help out at the coffeehouse, worship service, or special events
- Creative ideas – Give your ideas for fundraising, RE classes, and other things that need doing to the appropriate committee chair or church officer
Building Community through Social Events
Getting together for a church-wide social event is another way of increasing community. Every year we have two combination fund-raisers and socials (the Auction and the Annual Fund Kick-off) and two major socials (the Congregational Dinner and the Congregational Picnic). The Souper Sunday is also a combination fund-raiser and
social. Additionally there are other potlucks, lite bites, parties, and sometimes a Thanksgiving dinner at the church.
Auction Dinners and Events
Members and Friends sign up to buy tickets for dinners or other events sponsored by donors. A donor might volunteer to prepare an Oriental meal in his/her home for ten people; or to organize a bike trip in a local park or car trip to a horticultural park or museum.
Our Congregational picnic is held in early summer. It is a family potluck held lately at the Girl Scout Camp, which features a swimming pool and shady pavilion. The picnic marks the beginning of our minister’s two-month summer vacation.
Once a year, during the winter months, we have a congregational potluck dinner. We depend on volunteers to coordinate the dinner, with plenty of help from participants who enjoy this annual event.
Sunday Morning Snacks and Coffee
What is a UU Sunday without Coffee and Conversation! Every Sunday the Hospitality Committee provides coffee and a few snacks from 10:00 to 11:00 as well as following the worship service. Please feel free to add to the snack table any Sunday. Moreover, join us for a good cup of Fair Trade Coffee and lots of good fellowship and conversation.
Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse
Our coffeehouse is in its seventh year and is a popular event which takes place each month on a Saturday (with summers off). The first portion of the evening is open mic. It’s not just for musicians: story tellers, poets, comics, crafts people with an interesting presentation, and others are welcome. The second part of the evening features a headline act from within the church or the community. Check our calendar each month to see which Saturday the Coffeehouse will occur.