A Call to Action for St. John the Baptist Church!
We have been blessed to become a part of the interfaith community of Washington County churches that serves homeless children and their families through Family Promise. Homeless children and their families are identified and come into the Family Promise Program. Safe haven and good food are provided as well as important skill training for the parents. There are a total of 12 local churches that are hosting families. Our church participates by hosting families two times during the year for one week at a time. Training classes for volunteers are provided on a regular basis.
Volunteers Needed for our Upcoming Family Promise Week of December 15th, 2019 – December 22nd, 2019
All volunteers that will be in contact with the families need to attend a one time training.
- Monday, November 18th, 2019 7-9pm at St. John
- Saturday, December 7th, 2019 9-11am at St. John
When our Family Promise hosting week is here, we would like ample volunteer coverage so that the work needed is shared. Take this opportunity to see that our community’s displaced children and their families are provided a place of hospitality and love.
Set Up Crew – need 4-6 strong men, women and teenagers
Assist with unloading the truck, setting up the North Fellowship Hall by moving furniture and assembling and setting up room dividers, preparing “the bedrooms” with by setting up rolling beds and putting on bed linens.
Meal Provider – need 1-3 volunteers
Provide a meal for 16 guests. (Check the week before to see the ratio of adults vs children for meal planning purposes.)
Saturday Morning Cooks – need 2 volunteers & 3 helpers
Prepare a nice breakfast on Saturday morning like pancakes and sausage for this one special day of the week. Their usual breakfast fare on weekdays will be breakfast bars and fruit, things they can eat on the go as they will be leaving the Church each morning by 7:00 a.m. and going to the day center where the children will depart for school.
Dinner Host – need 2/3 volunteers
Eat and have fellowship with the families.
Activity Hosts – need 2/3 volunteers
Prepare a craft or fun activity, read to younger children, play a game, and help with homework after each hosting dinner.
Overnight Hosts – need 2 volunteers
We need a couple or a man and woman to stay overnight each night and make coffee and out out breakfast the following morning.
Tear Down Crew – 6 volunteers
Assist in taking down the room dividers and loading the rolling beds and dividers into the FP trailer.
Trailer Driver – need 1 volunteer
Deliver the trailer to the next host site. (need a truck that can pull a trailer or be willing to drive the Family Promise van)
Clean up Crew – need 4 volunteers
Follow behind the “tear down crew” to make certain the facilities are ready to be used by our parish.
Philippians 4:17. Paul says “I am not trying to get something from you, but I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving.”
With that scripture in mind, Family Promise is offering a special on blessings! Can you think of an easier way to be of service? If you are interested in volunteering, please contact one of the following coordinators or simply sign-up.