Connect Group Host Training
Safe Sanctuary Training
Usher & Greeter Training
Congregational Care Training
Hospitality Team Training
Do you remember your first visit to Christ Church? Maybe you felt at home right away or maybe it took a few visits to feel plugged in. We are assembling a group of 'Connectors' to work with the greeters and ushers to make that happen. Nearly every Sunday new faces join us for a reason. Do they want a church home? Looking for a way to serve others? Maybe a small group? Whether you are a new to CUMC or a 50 year member, come to our training on Wednesday, August 15 from 6-8pm and be part of the connection. All are welcome to this “safe sanctuary” and leaders training: we want to continue to keep Christ UMC healthy for all, especially for our children and vulnerable adults. So all who serve in this church as a volunteer are invited. A make up training (if you cannot attend the 15th) will be September 15th from 10-noon.
Sunday School Teacher Training
We have a big shift coming that we think will put a lot of parent’s minds at ease and be a joy for our Sunday school teachers. Right now, we all love our children’s lessons in the service, but the struggle is that guardians are asked to release their child to the Sunday school teachers at 9:15 without having formally checked in at the classroom. Plus, Sunday school teachers barely have time to get through the lessons and get to know the kids with the 35 minutes they have left.
We are trying a new thing: families will drop off children for the start of the 9 am service. They will have an alert system in place (through a buzzer and texting) to quietly tell them if there are any needs in the Sunday school room or nursery. The kids get to find home with their classmates and teachers for a full hour, and parents get to settle them in and pick them up in a more secured fashion.
One more shift: our first Sundays of the month will be “Kids first” Sundays. This first Sunday of the month, when we have communion (as my youth call it, “snack Sunday”) the kids will be a huge part of leading the service. We will not have Sunday school, because the kids will be singing and speaking and have activities and get to both lead and participate in worship in intentional ways.
We are excited and grateful for your help and participation with this shift: let us know if you have any other questions. We’ll launch this process August 26! Peace, Pastor Katy and the Children, Family and Youth leadership board