Service Opportunities in Christian Education & Youth Ministries

 

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1420 S 6th Street, Brainerd, MN  56401
218-829-5147

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Service Opportunities in Christian Education & Youth Ministries

We love our volunteers!
  • Whether you enjoy being with kids or working behind the scenes, - you will be a valued and important part of our ministry. We have many, many opportunities to suit various ages and gifts. If you have any questions about volunteering, email Jordan Gades or Pastor Hans Anderson or call 218-829-5147.

  • Parents volunteering for Sunday School may indicate their interest on the same form they use to register their children.    Individuals without children or who want to help in a different area may email Jordan Gades or Pastor Hans Anderson or call 218-829-5147.

Adult Education

1. Adult Education Teacher

  • Lead or help facilitate a study based on a specific topic or curriculum ideas, which are available from the Pastors or the Director of Educational Ministries.

2.  Library Committee

  • Select and process additions to the library. Maintain Trinity Library and records.
  • Meet 9:30 – Noon, the 3rd Monday of each month. September – November, January - May

Sunday School 

Sunday morning religious education for people aged three through adult. 9:30 am Sunday mornings, September through May.

1.  Elementary Class Shepherd

  • Oversee a group of students grade 1st – 4th in music and then as they travel weekly through various Sunday School rotation workshops. Take attendance and assist Rotation Leaders as requested.
  • One hour of teaching Sunday mornings. One teacher meeting at start of school year, with one-two additional meetings.

2.  Elementary Rotation Leader

  • Help children discover God’s truths through creative, media rich workshops. Teach the same lesson for four weeks, making age appropriate adjustments for 1st – 4th graders.
  • Approximately one hour of teaching, clean up, and set up for four consecutive Sunday mornings. One leader meeting prior to start of the rotation.

3.  Middle School & Senior High Team Teachers

  • Lead interactive games, facilitate engaging discussions and love the kids.
  • One hour of teaching Sunday mornings. One teacher meeting at start of school year, with one-two additional meetings.

4.  Mission Projects Coordinator

  • Select and plan 3-4 (with Director of Educational Ministries) mission projects to involve the Sunday School students and the congregation. Various local and work missions may be included.
  • One meeting at the start of the school year and approximately 1 – 2 hours per month.

5.  Music Accompanist

  • Accompany the Music Leader and children for songs during Sunday School music time.
  • Approximately 40 minutes on Sundays at 9:30 am, September through May.

6.  Music Leader

  • Lead Children in learning Christian music and Christmas program music.
  • Approximately 40 minutes of teaching on Sundays at 9:30 am, September through May.

7.  Pre-School Teacher

  • Teach children simple bible stories or middle school or senior students, following curriculum for that particular year.
  • One hour of teaching Sunday mornings. One teacher meeting at start of school year, with one-two additional meetings.

8.  Substitute Teacher

  • Teach as needed for the 9:30 am Education hour.
  • As available

9.  Sunday School Superintendent

  • Help the Director of Educational Ministries supervise and assist with Sunday School by charting attendance, finding supplies, collecting offering, etc. on Sunday mornings
  • Sunday mornings 9:15 – 10:30 am. September through May.

10.  Teacher Assistant

  • Help the Sunday School teacher or Class Shepard with projects and activities each Sunday.
  •  One hour of teaching Sunday mornings. One teacher meeting at start of school year, with one-two additional meetings.

Children’s Ministry

1.  Advent Festival

  • A fellowship event for all ages held the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. Advent volunteers are needed to plan and supervise various activities.
  • One to three meetings October – November, plus two hours during the festival.

2.  Children’s Ministry Team

  • This team works with and acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Education Ministries in planning activities for three year olds through 5th graders
  • Three to four meetings per year.

3.  Christmas Program

  • Support is needed by volunteers in selection, planning and preparation, including help with costuming, scenery, etc. Presented the second Sunday of December.
  •  Three to four meetings, October through program time, plus scheduled rehearsals.

4.  Day Camp

  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade aged children sttends a summer Christian Day Camp led by counselors of Luther Crest Bible Camp. Volunteers are needed to assist counselors.
  • 8 am to noon for four days in July.

5.  First Communion

  • Fifth grade students receive their First communion during worship in March following instruction. They decorate their chalices, and the Saturday prior to First Communion, fifth graders bake Communion bread and prepare banners.
  • Help with chalices: 15 minutes on Sundays January through March. Help prepare banners: two to four hours in March.

6.  Lenten Festival

  • A fellowship event for all ages held during the Lenten season. Adult volunteers are needed to plan and supervise various activities.
  • One to three meetings, January – February, plus two hours during the festival.

7.  Seder Meal

  • Fifth graders and their families celebrate a modified traditional Jewish Seder on Maundy Thursday. Volunteers are needed for set-up, food preparation and serving. Instructions provided.
  • Various four-hour shifts for set-up and serving on the day of the meal.

8.  Vacation Bible School

  • VBS is a five-day summer Christian experience offered to four-year-olds through 5th graders in August. Older students and adult volunteers are needed to teach and lead crafts, music and recreation, as well as snack preparation and serving.
  • Leaders attend 2 - 3 planning meetings, helpers attend 1 training session.

Confirmation Programs

An education program for 6th – 10th graders that nurtures the baptized individual through Word and Sacraments, focusing on learning and faith development.

1.  Adult Mentor

  • An adult who is intentional about having a relationship with, caring for, and praying for a 9th grade Confirmation student.
  • Mentors and students meet at agreed upon times throughout the student’s 9th grade year, and attend the confirmation worship service in the fall of 10th grade.

2.  Confirmation Guides

  • Adult volunteers are needed to guide small groups of confirmation students, and lead discussions after the Confirmation message.
  • One training meeting before Confirmation begins, and Wed. evenings, 6:45 - 8 pm, September through April.

3.  Confirmation Retreat

  • Tenth grade Confirmands gather for fun, fellowship, and writing their faith statements at a two-day retreat in September. Trinity’s Pastors and other adults lead the activities.
  • Volunteers are needed to chaperone, coordinated through Trinity’s Pastors.

4.  Field Trip Chaperones

  • Join the 9th graders as they visit various organizations, learning to put their Christian instruction into practice.
  • Three trips are planned each year to Duluth, to Minneapolis, and within the Brainerd community. Coordinated through the Director of Educational Ministries.

5. Fun and Fellowship Nights

  • Middle School Students, 6th - 8th grades attend fellowship centered activities that aim towards getting to know each other more and forming a tighter community.

  • Adults plan and lead activity, Three wednesday nights a year. 6:45pm to 8pm

5.  EPIC Nights

  • Middle School students, 6th – 8th grades attend "fun centered" planned activities. These are for inviting friends and getting a big group together to do something exciting and fun.
  • Adults plan and lead activity. Three Wednesdays a year, 6:45 – 8pm.