2017 SPC Time & Talents Survey
"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
Stewardship is about more than just money. Stewardship is also about finding ways to use your unique, God-given talents to help others experience the love of Christ. Please tell us how your distinctive abilities and personal interests can help Shallowford spread the Good News to our congregation, our community and our world.
PERSONAL INFORMATION SECTION
Please provide your personal contact information as requested below. Then continue with the survey, choosing activities that interest you and will make your heart joyful. Please note that in most cases you may determine how frequently you participate in the stated activity. Also, you may find additional information about some of these activities on our website at
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SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP ACTIVITIES
Teach a Sunday School class.
Sunday school occurs year-round on Sundays from 9:30 am - 10:30 pm.
Help with Messy Church.
Messy Church takes place one Sunday per month from 5 pm to 6 pm. As a worship service for all ages, the very young and not-so-very young, there are lots of pieces that need putting together each month.
Be a Sunday Greeter (10:30 am -11:05 am).
This is a great way to get to know faces and names! Share your smile and a handshake or hug with worship attendees as they enter the sanctuary.
Be a Sunday Usher.
Here's another great way to get to know fellow congregants! Greet worship attendees as they enter the worship service, hand out bulletins, collect the offering, etc.
8:45 Worship Service
11:00 Worship Service
Assist with the sanctuary soundboard.
Join the team of techies! Someone to help monitor sound and microphones is needed at every service held in the sanctuary. Once the service is over, additional assistance is needed to help process the audio recordings.
Process audio recordings.
Collect attendance pads after worship.
You know those attendance sheets you fill out each Sunday? The church office uses them to update their records; but someone has to collect them first. This takes about 10 to 15 minutes after each worship service - easy!
8:45 Worship service
11:00 Worship service
Help count the Sunday offering.
Counting money is always fun! Offering counters work in teams of 2-4 and are needed every Sunday. Counting begins immediately after 11:00 worship and requires about 1 hour of time.
Bake for the Lemonade Brigade.
Show off your baking (or buying) skills! Bake for (or buy) and bring cookies to the Lemonade Brigade fellowship gathering after the 11:00 worship service.
Help prepare, set-up, and clean-up communion elements on communion Sundays.
Preparation and set-up occurs in team of 3-4 on Saturday mornings before a communion Sunday. Clean-up occurs immediately after the close of each communion service.
Prep and set-up (Saturdays)
Create flower arrangements for worship.
Explore your creativity by helping the Flower Guild arrange flowers on Saturday for Sunday worship. On Sunday, help breakdown the large arrangements into smaller ones for delivery to congregational members.
Drama Ministry Participant
Act out your faith! As part of Worship's Drama Guild sub-committee, lead and/or join others in enhancing the worship experience through occasional drama performances.
Both leader and participant
Art Guild Participant
As part of Worship's Art Guild sub-committee, lead and/or join others in arranging rotating art displays at Shallowford.
Both leader and participant
SPC STAFF APPRECIATION ACTIVITIES
The SPC staff is comprised of 17 staff members, some full-time and some part-time.
Show appreciation for the SPC staff.
Show the SPC staff how much we love them! Provide treats for staff meetings or deliver other occasional and random expressions of appreciation for staff members.
Assist with recognizing SPC staff milestone events.
Help recognize and celebrate SPC staff work anniversaries, birthdays, life accomplishments, etc.
SPC OFFICE & GROUNDS ACTIVITIES
Serve as a Church Office Receptionist.
Sit at the receptionist desk, answer phone calls, direct walk-ins, and perform light office work. Weekdays - choose one day a week or one day a month.
AM (9 am - 1 pm) - 1 time per week
PM (1 pm - 5 pm) - 1 time per week
AM (9 am - 1 pm) - less frequently than once a week
PM (1 pm - 5 pm) - less frequently than once a week
Be an SPC Office helper.
Help with filing documents, copying, stuffing envelopes, etc. on an as-needed basis.
Beautify church grounds.
Get outdoors! Help clean up church grounds on specified Church Workdays, which occur about twice annually on Saturdays. (Lunch is provided!)
Beautify the sanctuary and chapel.
Help decorate the church for various liturgical seasons, including Easter and Advent. A festive, seasonal activity!
Light up the church.
Help set-up and light sidewalk luminaries for Easter Sunrise and Christmas Eve worship services.
Easter Sunrise service
Christmas Eve services
CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY ACTIVITIES
Be a Vacation Bible School teacher, leader, or helper.
VBS runs 1 full week in June or July. Help all week or just one day.
Serve as a story-teller.
Help with snack-time.
Help in other ways.
Teach a class.
Lead a craft activity.
Lead a recreational activity.
Assist with Children's Ministry activities.
Put your name on the Helper list for various activities ranging from mentoring a child as he/she learns Bible verses to hiding/hunting for Easter Eggs.
Help plan and/or execute Kids' Night Out or Kids' on a Mission.
Kids on a Mission and Kids Night Out occur on occasional Friday nights from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Children bring their own dinner, participate in a craft or Mission project, and watch a movie afterward. Your help with supervising this Friday-Night-Fun is always appreciated!
Assist with the Acolyte program.
Acolytes serve at the 11:00 worship during certain liturgical seasons and on special Sundays. Adults are needed to help coordinate this program and help ready/supervise acolytes when they are on duty.
Help coordinate program.
Ready & supervise Acolytes-on-Duty.
Help develop a "Babysitter List".
Serve on a work group to establish a list of trained babysitters for young families.
Chaperone a youth event or trip.
You haven't lived if you haven't been a chaperone!
Cook/Serve for High School breakfast group.
Connect with the future! A small group of local high-school-age students (6 to 15) meet each Friday morning before school for breakfast and devotion. Breakfast is served at 6:30 and students leave for school at 7:30 am.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE ACTIVITIES
Become a Care Minister to visit the ill and shut-in.
Training available - this is a more significant but very meaningful opportunity.
Serve communion to a shut-in (must be an Elder).
Accompany a pastor and fellow-elder in visiting shut-ins to serve them communion.
Assist with Funeral/Memorial Service receptions.
Help set up, clean up, or serve at receptions held after a funeral or memorial service at SPC.
Any combination of the above
Join the SPC Prayer Network and pray for different SPC members each month.
This requires a commitment of 1-year but you can do this anywhere and at any time of day or night! Pray for 3 members on average each month.
Knit Prayer Shawls for those in need.
Workshops are available to learn knitting and crocheting.
Cook/deliver a meal to a family in need.
Church members who are ill, grieving a death, or celebrating a new life are always appreciative of some help in the kitchen! Sign up for the "Take Them A Meal" email list.
COMMUNICATIONS & WRITING ACTIVITIES
Photograph the faces of Shallowford.
Share your photography skills by taking pictures at church events.
Write articles for Sacred Space magazine (quarterly) or help edit them.
Be a Social Media Ambassador.
Help spread the word about SPC by sharing posts from SPC's Facebook page, etc. Or - post your own!
Share posts from SPC's Facebook page, etc.
Create posts for Social Media.
Write Thank-You Notes.
Help write thank you notes to those who have made memorial donations to the church or to those who have pledged financial support to SPC.
Memorial donations (avg 3 per month)
Stewardship pledges (about 40 total from Nov-Jan)
SHALLOWFORD PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Help in the SPS office.
Read in a classroom.
Find your favorite children's book and read it to a class.
Be a substitute teacher.
"Share your Light" with Shallowford School students.
Have a special skill or talent? Share it by demonstrating to the students!
Be a Shallowford School "Angel".
Contribute to the SPS Tuition Assistance Program.
SPC Food Pantry
The SPC Food Pantry is open to the pubic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm. Volunteer 1 hour of your time every week or twice-monthly to bag groceries. (Timing for this activity is flexible but must be done outside of public pantry hours.) Or, volunteer 2 hours of your time each month to register clients and distribute food to them.
Bag groceries (outside of pantry hours).
Distribute food (during pantry hours).
INSPIRE is run by Shalom International Ministries on school days from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. It is an after-school initiative for about 20 refuge middle school aged children. Assistance is needed with homework tutoring, leading a class in sports or crafts, and regular donations of snack.
Help with homework.
Lead a sports class.
Lead a crafts class.
Any combination of the above
Shalom Children's Ministries
This program runs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month from noon to 5 pm. Donations of lunch items as well as classroom assistance with a lesson, craft or sport are needed.
Donate lunch or lunch items.
Teach a lesson.
Lead a craft activity.
Lead a sport activity.
Any combination of the above.
Attend fundraiser at SPC to generate Montreat Youth Conference scholarships for the refugee youth at Shalom International Ministry.
Indian Creek Grandfriend Program
Read to a classroom weekdays during school hours. Must coordinate with Indian Creek classroom teachers.
Tutor elementary school Latino children. Program runs from 3:30 pm to 5 pm on Mondays and Fridays during the school year on Shallowford premises.
Stop Hunger Now
Join one gigantic assembly line to bag meals for communities experiencing food shortages. Occurs on a Sunday afternoon/evening in January (1 time annually). Fun for all ages!
Habitat for Humanity
Join other churches in building a home for a family. Work construction or provide meals for workers.
Walk a 5K to raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
HAITI Mission Trip
Support SPC's partnership with St. Francis School and Church through a week-long trip to La Gonave Island with partners from Trinity Presbyterian Church. Occurs twice annually in Spring and Fall.
Serve as a receptionist, volunteer in the NETWorks Food Pantry, and/or pray with neighbors. Assistance is needed from 10 am - 1 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. NETWorks is located in Tucker.
Food pantry helper
NETWorks "Faith & Finances Ally"
Assist attendees of this Financial Stewardship class by sharing experiences and offering economic advice. This program runs twice annually in April and October.
NETWorks School Readiness
NETWorks helps community children get ready for school in their reduced-price school supply store. The store, located in Tucker, is open in June and July.
Donate school supplies.
Work in the school supply store.
NETWorks Taste of Tucker
Help NETWorks run this music and food festival fundraiser, which occurs one-time annually in late October.
TRUNK-or-TREAT for the SPC neighborhood
If Halloween is your thing, this is for you. Decorate your car trunk and provide candy for neighborhood and church community trick-or-treaters! Occurs the Saturday before/of Halloween.
Christmas Angel Tree
During the Christmas season, purchase gifts for a specific immigrant or refugee family. Attending the related Christmas party, where the gifts are distributed, is optional.
"Pigs on Fire" Meat Chef
Demonstrate your cooking skills by preparing a meat dish for the annual Stewardship luncheon. Event occurs one-time annually on Sunday after church in late October.
Wednesday Dinner Money-Taker
Collect dinner fees from Wednesday night dinner attendees and prepare a count sheet for the SPC Finance coordinator. Wednesday night dinners occur weekly September through May.
Youth Kitchen Stocker or Cleaner
Help keep the Youth area kitchenette stocked and cleaned year-round.
Financial Review Participant
The PCUSA requires that each participant have accounting knowledge since this activity involves performing audit procedures on the church's books. This activity occurs once annually on a Saturday in April, May or June (10 am-3 pm).
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