Volunteering

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give.  St. John’s offers many opportunities to volunteer, and below are a few of these opportunities.

Taking Part in the Sunday Services

With fewer people comfortable attending worship in person right now, Sunday morning ministries that once rotated between 8 or 10 people, may find themselves with only 2-4 people available these days. If you are able to attend in person right now, even once in a while, please consider offering your time in one or more of these roles. Training and support are enthusiastically provided, and it’s a great way to get involved!
  • Altar guild (setting up the sanctuary for worship)
  • Lector (reading the lessons)
  • Usher (guiding people through worship, especially if they’re new)
For more information about getting involved, please contact Rev. Liberty about Sunday morning worship roles, and she can point you to the right person, transitionpriest@stjohnsbangor.org. 

 

The Tech Team

Interested in learning about our YouTube streaming channel that provides live and on-demand viewing of our Sunday services? The Technology Team has settled into a standardized setup for streaming and are now actively recruiting volunteers. Requirements include familiarity with using a Windows 10 computer, a time commitment spanning one half hour before to one half hour after service, shadowing a trainer for one Sunday, and remaining in the front pew to control the YouTube stream, camera, and organ/congregation mic during the service. These duties may slightly interfere with the volunteers’ worship experience, but still allows for complete participation. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Eric Boberg at stewardship@stjohnsbangor.org.

 

Weekday Mornings at the Reception Desk in the Parish House

The Parish Office is always looking for volunteers. We currently have an opening on Wednesday mornings from 10 am to noon that we are looking to fill. If you aren’t able to commit to a weekly time, how about being on our substitute list? What does the office volunteer do? The office volunteer is the first person that someone calling or coming into the office encounters. A cheerful greeting is a great way to make people feel welcome. The office volunteer directs visitors and calls to the proper staff person. Some weeks, a volunteer may be asked to proofread the bulletin or a letter, fold a mailing, or fold the bulletins. Other weeks it may be quiet, and the volunteer can catch up a few chapters of their book between calls. If you have any questions about this important volunteer position, or if you are interested in being an office volunteer, please contact Vanessa at the office at 947-0156 between 10am and noon Tuesday through Friday, or email her at admin@stjohnsbangor.org.

 

Serving at the Salvation Army

At the Salvation Army, our group has made a commitment to cook and serve on the 4th Tuesday of each month for approximately the last 40 years.  We’ll be cooking and placing the food in to-go boxes which the Salvation Army staff will then serve from the truck. We will be practicing social distancing and masks are required, so please bring one.  We look forward to seeing you on the 4th Tuesday between 9:00am and 12:30pm at the Salvation Army at 65 S Park Street in Bangor.   Click here for more information about the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen.

 

Serving at Second Saturday

FREE meal offered monthly from noon – 1:30 pm for any in need of food and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome and needed from 11:30am-1:30pm!  Second Saturday serves a monthly, hearty lunch and desert in addition to take home PB&J sandwiches and if there are leftovers, take home “seconds” to 40 to 70 guests. New guests are often surprised by the variety and quality of our lunch. Second Saturday serves a vital purpose however the number served varies quite a lot because Second Saturday can occur anywhere from the 8th to the 14th. Food stamp cards are loaded around the 12th so sometimes Second Saturday happens when people have few alternatives and some months cupboards are stocked.  We will be masking when we are inside the building, and will be serving meals to go (weather-permitting, we’ll set up tables to host some of our guests outdoors, too).   We are currently preparing food in the Church Undercroft.  To get to the Undercroft, go down the wooden staircase to the right of the main church entrance.  At the bottom of the stairs, enter the double doors on the left.