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2 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 2 WE ARE IN HIS HANDS Whether you re into numbers, words, technology, or people, God can use your gifts and skills to make a difference. There are several ways you can put your gifts to work at Mt. Rubidoux no matter who you are, or where you re from. If you ve been served by Mt. Rubidoux, whether it be through greeters on Saturday morning, teachers in RubiTown, enjoying a fellowship meal after church, clean bathrooms stocked with toiletries, security who keep our kids and worship environment safe, musicians on stage leading us in worship, or any number of other ways chances are you ve been served by a faithful volunteer giving up time and talent to serve Jesus by serving you. It takes over 200 volunteers to operate the ministries of this church every week. Are you willing to help? Our needs are as diverse as the people who attend our services. If you consider Mt. Rubidoux your church, we ask you to serve as a volunteer. By doing so, you re an essential part of helping others meet Jesus. This document will aid you in finding out how you can get involved serving others in our church community. Within this brochure is a detailed list of the many available ministry opportunities here at Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church. You will find a brief description of the position to help guide you.

3 VOLUNTEER TEAM The Volunteer Team exists to connect volunteers to service opportunities at Mt. Rubidoux. This team is responsible for helping members discover their spirirtual gifts and assimilating them into a ministry. If you are interested in service through a Mt. Rubidoux ministry, please feel free to contact us. Contact Volunteer Team Leader - Meika Nwaomah at or Also, visit our website at mtrubidouxsda.com/giving. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 3

4 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 4 1 WORSHIP MINISTRY Creative Music and Arts Ministry Music and arts play a large part at Mt. Rubidoux. CMA Ministries seek to reach, uplift and positively impact others for Christ through words, music and various art forms including drama, creative movement and visual arts. Adult Choir Adult Choir members encourage others by lifting their voices in praise and worship to God. A variety of music genres are shared with/presented to the congregation including: gospel, anthems and hymns. Praise Teams Praise Team members participated in organized groups that present special praise and worship music to the congregation and lead the church in praise and worship. Placement on a praise team is determined by audition. Drama Ministry Drama Team members use various mediums, including skits, mimes and story telling to reenact specific stories, actual or fictional with a Christian basis and theme.

5 Creative Movement Creative Movement team members perform beautiful creative dance that interprets special music, or narrations, that honor God and inspires the congregation. Visual Arts Visual Arts team members create unique set designs that enhance the environments for church services, drama presentations and special events, which assist the viewer to see and feel the desired environment/atmosphere. Greeters People need to feel welcomed when they walk through the front, side or back doors of our church. Greeters are friendly faces, who intentionally greet all who enter our church with a warm smile, and tone of voice, to make them feel welcome. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 5 Ushers Ushers greet guests/members and escort them to their seats, encourage those seated to make room for others, as needed, and distribute/collect materials as needed. Leaders and assistants plan an approach to guest/member seating, team attire and schedule ushers for church service and special events. Hospitality Fellowship is more than just an idea, it is an integral part of church life at Mt. Rubidoux. Hospitality team members participate in preparing and serving needs for church fellowship dinners and events. Leaders and assistants plan menus for church fellowship dinners/ potlucks, collaborate with ministry leaders and identify menu options, schedule hospitality team members and coordinate church/ event meals.

6 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 6 Media Ministry Technological advances provide the opportunity to use a variety of innovative media options to share the message of Jesus Christ and His love. Most positions require a basic understanding of media equipment, computers and software. Training for specific roles and equipment is available. Audio Team The Audio Department of Media Ministry focuses on sound presentation quality and recording for church services, events and CD production. Video Team The Video component of Media Ministry focuses on capturing the church service/event on camera for the sanctuary screens, closed circuit for other parts of the campus, streaming live for the internet and DVD reproduction. Positions include: Camera Operator Switcher Broadcasting Engineer Presentation Team The Visual Presentation component of Media Ministry focuses on the development of computer graphics, slides and presentation during church services and evening programs. Visual Presentation Team Member Service Director Service Directors receive program outline from production manager, manage program plan and provide direction to platform participants for church services and special events.

7 Production Management Production Management team members coordinate services needed from CMA, Media and other needed ministries/departments to create program outline, oversee service/event and communicate program outline to service directors. Leaders and assistants coordinate overall church service online and schedule production management team members for church services and events. Post Production Post Production team members edit all video content for our website, manage the archived sermons for online streaming, duplicate and distribute CD/DVD s for church services and events. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 7

8 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 8 2 DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS The Discipleship Groups at Mt. Rubidoux are environments designed for people to develop meaningful relationships with others and begin a deeper walk with God. These groups are open environments where anyone is free to attend. Men s Friday Night Fellowship Group - This group supports men of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church and the community through Bible study, prayer, and a series of events sponsored by men for men. Women s Friday Night Fellowship Group - This group supports women of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church and the community through Bible study, prayer, and a series of events sponsored by women for women. Mr. & Mrs. Ministry (3M) - This ministry support to the married couples of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church and the community through programs and events tailored to provide information for healthy Christian marriages. Adult Saturday Morning Bible Study (Sabbath School) - During this time the church meets in small groups to discuss Bible-based lessons. Wednesday Night Prayer Group - This meeting is for the entire church body and community to join in mid-week prayer and Bible study.

9 3 CHILDREN S MINISTRY Mt. Rubidoux places a high value on our children and their spiritual, emotional and social development. We are committed to sharing Jesus and His love with these precious little ones. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 9 Elementary Ministry Elementary Ministry team members build relationships with children, talk with/listen to them, support and encourage development of social, peer relationships and participation in supervised activities, which foster spiritual growth as well as social and emotional development. Leaders and assistants plan a well-rounded children s program including Bible study, peer fellowship, outreach projects and fun activities geared to promote spiritual, emotional and social development. Little Prayer Warriors Little Prayer Warriors team members encourage children to pray for their family, friends, others that need prayer, thing that are important to them and themselves. Little Prayer Warriors Ministry encourages children to identify and share answers to prayer, and pray with other children.

10 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 10 Leaders and assistants plan and schedule opportunities for children to get together to share prayer requests, pray and share answers to prayer, lead in discussions about prayer and pray with children encouraging them to make it a daily practice in their lives. Adventurers Adventurer team members meet at designated times with children, and act as an instructor or assist them to learn specific skills, participate in and supervise outings (camping/field trips, etc.) for children in grades 1-4. Middle School Ministry Middle School Ministry team members build and grow relationships with children, talk with/listen to them, support independent thinking, discusses reasoning and rationale for decision making skills, fosters peer relationships and interaction. Team members participate in and supervise activities that support spiritual, emotional and social growth and development. Leaders and assistants develop and plan a comprehensive program which includes individual Bible study, group study and discussion, peer fellowship, outreach projects and fun activities that foster spiritual, emotional and social growth and development. Children s Sabbath School Children s Sabbath School team members share Jesus with children through Bible stories, singing and weekly activities at church in age specific classes. During the week, team members prepare materials for distribution and use in the classroom. Cradle Roll (age 0-3) Kindergarten (age 4-6) Primary (age 7-10) Juniors (age 11-12) Early Teen (age 13-14)

11 Children s Choir Children s Choir team members participate in praise and worship to God through learning and singing songs that share Jesus love with others. Nursery Ministry Nursery Care Givers provide love, care and nurturing to babies and toddlers during church services and designated events. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 11

12 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 12 4 YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY Mt. Rubidoux Youth Ministries strive to engage young people spiritually, socially, and emotionally. Our commitment to the next generation begins now. High School Youth High School Youth team members develop relationships with youth, engage youth in conversation and group discussions, participate in and supervise youth in incentives that promote fun fellowship, spiritual development and ministry improvement. Youth Choir Youth Choir members participate in praise and worship to God through sharing music and words that inspire others, especially their peers. Youth Sabbath School Youth Sabbath School team members participate in active discussions about current events, issues and challenges and problems youth face on a daily basis. Leaders and assistants develop relationships with youth, address topics, which address youth issues, and problem solve with realistic solutions by fostering critical thinking and principled decision making skills.

13 Pathfinders Pathfinder team members meet at designated times with children and act as an instructor or assist them to master skills (carpentry, sewing, cooking, archery, etc.) and participate in supervised outings (camping, field trips, hiking, etc.) for children in grades 5-9. Young Adult Ministry Young Adult Ministry team members participate in small groups ministry/mission based outreach projects and fun fellowship activities. Leaders and assistants plan and coordinate and lead groups, programs and activities that are Christ centered. Young Adult Sabbath School Young Adult Sabbath School team members participate in individual study/topics during themed and active weekly group discussions regarding issues young adults are facing. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 13 Leaders and assistants plan study and discussion topics and lead/ facilitate group discussions.

14 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 14 5 OUTREACH Impact Riverside Jesus made it clear that one of our responsibilities is to help those who are hurting and in need. Our Outreach Ministry, known as Impact Riverside, is specifically designed to impact those in our community. We accomplish this by partnering with and providing resources to community agencies and non-profits that are making a difference in the five Impact areas we have identified. We invite you to join us in making a difference in one of these five areas: Ending homelessness - This group works inside and outside of the church on various initiatives to target and end homelessness in the community. Community Services - This branch of the Outreach team provides food, clothing and other resources to community members in need. Health and Wellness - Health Ministry leaders work to provide relevant information regarding proper nutritional standards for members and community members. At-risk Youth, Mentoring and Education - Persons on this team partner with community organizations to ensure that at-risk youth are mentored appropriately. Additionally, many students are eligible to receive tutoring and scholarships.

15 Education/Scholarship Ministry Education/Scholarship Ministry team members provide information to students regarding preparation for college, beginning in elementary and middle school and recognized educational achievements including graduations at all levels of study. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 15

16 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 16 6 ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTRY Administrative Ministry contributes to and supports the overall church and ministry programs. Communications Communications team members write and edit news pieces highlighting church information to be shared via , mail and newsletters. Leaders and assistants plan and coordinate information to be shared with the church, including time schedules and communication methods. Clerks The clerk and assistants maintain the membership and business record for the church. They record the official minutes of church board and business meetings, and provide meeting notices and necessary written information in advance to church board and business meeting attendees. Deacons Deacons provide access to and closure/security of the church property, monitor the building and grounds during church services, meetings, activities and special events. They provide support and encouragement to those attending the church and in the community.

17 Deaconess Deaconesses minister to the needs of church attendees and the community by calling and visiting the sick and shut-in to offer encouragement and support, assist with providing comfort to bereaved families and participation in the preparation for and serving of communion. Volunteer Team This group serves to assist persons interested in serving in a ministry at Mt. Rubidoux to discover their talents and abilities, then connect with a ministry for service opportunities. Finance Team The finance team works with the Church Board and Administrative Pastor to plan and manage the fiscal matters of the church. VOLUNTEER GUIDE 17 Building Committee The building committee make sure that the grounds of the church are cared for, secure and functioning adequately.

18 VOLUNTEER GUIDE 18 7 PASTORAL CARE Visitation Team This group serves to visit and assist persons who are ill in medical facilities or their homes. Bereavement Team When persons have lost loved ones in the Mt. Rubidoux Church community, this team provides assistance to the family in various capacities of service preparation and support. Pastoral Care Team The Nurturing Pastor and Pastoral Care Team also provide Family Assistance and Counseling services when available. Although these are not ministries that volunteers can generally join, everyone can apply to receive the services.

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