Living our Faith: “A Priesthood of all believers, every member a minister.”
We are all gifted, called to serve and can make a difference within our congregation. Featured below is a sampling of volunteer opportunities at FBC. For more information about how you can make an immediate, positive impact, please contact Cherron Saad, Volunteer Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-630-7199.
GAIHN: During the year, FBG hosts families for one week through our partnership with GAIHN (Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network). Along with many other churches in the area we house homeless families until they are able to get into transition housing, ideally within 2 to 4 weeks. Thanks to these churches, last year the GAIHN community welcomed 76 families, comprised of 104 adults and 181 children (285 total individuals). Forty-eight families found permanent housing during their sojourn with GAIHN. Please visit this link for additional information. Thank you for your interest and willingness to make a difference in our community.
Annie’s House: A collaboration between Sustaining Way, First Baptist Greenville, and a number of local and state partners, Annie’s House is an interfaith initiative demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of living more simply and sustainably. The house serves as an education center and as a base of operations for the Annie’s Coordinator in working with the surrounding community to proliferate sustainable practices. A second house on-site serves as transitional housing for GAIHN families. Volunteer opportunities are focused in Nicholtown and include something for almost any skillset or interest (including gardening, landscaping, construction, youth mentoring, etc.). For more information see http://sustainingway.org/
Garden Friends: Perhaps you have noticed new flowers at doorways and areas of enhanced grounds maintenance around the church. A group of over 15 volunteers was formed last Spring. The vision was to enhance FBC hospitality by providing our entrances and grounds with a more welcoming environment. In 2014 work sessions provided over 650 service hours for this purpose. Flowers were planted, major areas were cleared and pruned in coordination with the Property Committee. If you enjoy nature, gardening or would like to help in some way in 2015, contact Janice Johnson at email@example.com for more information.
Youth: Assist with set up and other preparations for Sunday’s programming in the youth department. Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings, approximately 1 to 1.5 hours each week.
Audio/Visual: Coordinate and fulfill Sunday School class requests for Sunday morning AV needs including projectors, laptops, TV’s, speakers, etc. Thursdays or Friday mornings, approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs each week.
AYMC: Greet visitors, check in members, etc. by serving at the AYMC Welcome/Help Desk. Monday-Friday opportunities, 2 hours per shift, one day a week.
Senior Adults: Transport members in church buses or vans on Senior Adult trips. CDL especially helpful. Monthly outings, time frame based on length of trip.
Elementary Education: Gather, deliver and return elementary books from the Media Center to supplement Sunday School lessons. Can be done any day of the week, approximately 1 hour each week.
First Friday: Assist with reminder telephone calls to Senior Adults regarding First Friday events. Needed one week before each first Friday of the month, approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
Sunday Set-Up: Help with set up for Sunday events including distributing rolls to Sunday School classes, preparing the Sanctuary and platform, and placing Orders of Worship and The News around the church. Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings, weekly. Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.