Volunteer Opportunities

Current needs for volunteers at Robertson-Wesley

Position: Incoming Board Chair

Role:

The role of the Incoming Board Chair is to support the Board Chair as needed, and to develop the experience and knowledge of the church, its mission, and its ministry that are needed for upcoming terms as Board Chair and Past Board Chair.

Duties:

The Incoming Board Chair shall:

  • Assume the duties of Board Chair in his/her absence or as appointed by the Board Chair.
  • Attend (all) Board, Executive and Board of Management meetings.
  • Update the Board Manual as needed.
  • Become Board Chair at the end of term as Incoming Board Chair.
  • Undertake additional duties as requested by the Chair.

Term:

The Incoming Board Chair will be a one year term with a three year commitment. This three year commitment consists of one year term as Incoming Board Chair, one year term as Board Chair, and a one year term as Past Board Chair.

Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Good listener
  • Ability to identify skills and resources in the congregation
  • Communication skills and basic computer skills
  • Basic budget understanding
  • Basic understanding of parliamentary procedure

Position: Board Chair

Role:

The role of the Board Chair is to manage the church, ensuring the activities of the church and the mission and ministry of the church and congregation reflect the mission and ministry of the United Church of Canada.

Duties:

The Board Chair shall:

  • Chair all regular and special Board, and Board of Management meetings.
  • Call and chair Executive Meetings when required.
  • Chair Congregational Meetings.
  • Act as the liaison between the Board, Congregation and Ministers.
  • Give guidance and advice, when required, to Committee Chairs and Pod Coordinators.
  • Attend Committee and Pod meetings at his/her discretion.
  • Meet at least once annually with each Committee Chair and Pod Coordinator.
  • Ensure that all proposals in the minutes are acted upon.
  • Represent the congregation at public functions.
  • Act with the ministerial staff, as official spokesperson for the Congregation.

Term:

The Board Chair will be a one year term as part of a three year commitment. This three year commitment consists of one year term as Incoming Board Chair, one year term as Board Chair, and a one year term as Past Board Chair.

Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Good listener
  • Ability to identify skills and resources in the congregation
  • Communication skills and basic computer skills
  • Basic budget understanding
  • Basic understanding of parliamentary procedure

Position: Past Board Chair

Role:

The role of the Past Board Chair is to support and advise the Board and Board Chair as needed, helping ensure church activities reflect the mission and ministry of the church congregation and the United Church of Canada. The Past Board Chair also ensures continuity of church practices and procedures.

Duties:

The Past Board Chair shall:

  • Be a member of the Board, Executive and Board of Management.
  • Act in an advisory capacity to the Board.
  • At his / her discretion, serve on a committee or pod.
  • Be responsible for Board orientation.

Term:

The Board Chair will be a one year term as part of a three year commitment. This three year commitment consists of one year term as Incoming Board Char, one year term as Board Chair, and a one year term as Past Board Chair.

Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Good listener
  • Ability to identify skills and resources in the congregation
  • Communication skills and basic computer skills
  • Basic budget understanding
  • Basic understanding of parliamentary procedure

Volunteering in the Church

The Church is continually in need of volunteers to take part in the many facets of our Ministry. This is partly because we take turns: no one is expected to do a job for ever. It is also because the church is continually expanding its mission, growing into the promise of an ever-blossoming future. So we invite everyone to reflect deeply, seeking to discern their call to discipleship.

The opportunities described on this page are only a few of many. If you would like to talk further about what might be right for you, please feel free to talk to one of the Ministers at any time.

Nominations

At the Annual Congregational meeting in February of 2015 the congregation voted to set up a nominations committee. Presently, John Fleming, Garnet Thomas, and Karen Hansen are serving on this committee and we are seeking 2 more members. The committee is working on job descriptions for the elected positions in the church and will be actively seeking people to fill the open positions.

We would ask all of you to take some time to discern whether God is calling you to the position or if you know of someone in the congregation that may have the skills and passion for the positions listed below. We encourage you to have conversations with your friends and with the members of the nomination committee as we seek to fill these positions. We ask for your prayerful consideration.

A Challenge from Your Nominating Committee

Could you become a prophet among us, carrying the message we need for our times? Or a Saint -- impossible perhaps, and you might have to be dead. Could you be ready though for some more practical leadership role, moving us usefully forward in some area? Most of us aspire at least to be faithful followers. We know we should help perhaps, to keep the church community energized, as others have done for us in the past. All of us probably want to continue being useful; perhaps bringing hope to others and keeping the teachings of Jesus fresh in our hearts.

So, we will be challenging you to think about taking on what might be for you, a new role. Presbytery Rep. One more is needed and this is possibly an exciting task as our city-wide Presbytery undergoes changes. Incoming Board Chair? Can you run a meeting? Are you able to help the Board team vision and implement effective organization? Now may be your time to step into this leadership role. Treasurer? Perhaps you have the skills to handle the flow of money at Robertson-Wesley, continuing Robert Mah's great work. Trustee? Are you more of a holder-in-mind of the great past and the hopeful future of our church? You might make a good Trustee.

Do not hold your light under a bushel! If this might be your time, come forward! We want and need you! Your Nominating committee includes, Karen Hansen, Garnet Thomas, Ted Blezzard, John Fleming, and Ron Soans.

Bissell Sandwich Coordinator

Every year in the month of May we gather volunteers from the church to make approximately 600 loaves of sandwiches over a period of 4-5 weeks. Volunteers come to the church on Tuesday mornings in May from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm to prepare sandwiches in our kitchen. We are seeking a person to coordinate this outreach program.

What it involves: the coordinator picks up supplies weekly on a Monday (Bread, Meat, Cheese and condiments). They ensure that volunteer sign-up sheets are prepared and posted. They write up a call for volunteers in our various media publications. They coordinate set-up and clean-up and weekly delivery of the sandwiches to the Bissell Centre.

A vehicle is required for this position. If you are interested in taking on this leadership role, please speak to Rev. Karen Bridges for more information.

Worship Committee Chairperson

Role

Chair Worship Committee meetings 4 to 6 times per year.

Areas of Oversight

  • Worship schedule
  • Scripture readers
  • Communion and Baptism
  • Life passages
  • Ushers and Greeters
  • Sanctuary furnishings
  • Annual budget
  • Communications re worship