My Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer in RE
10. Learn new skills in a team setting. Each team has at least two experienced volunteers and one or two who are new to volunteering. And I offer coaching to on how facilitate groups of children and youth. New volunteers assist an experienced volunteer a few times before they lead a session themselves.
9. Grow in your own faith. Sunday school is a place where everyone can deepen their sense of being at home with the universe; where they can think about their own experiences and explore what meaning other stories have for them; where they can express joy; and learn skills to carry their values to the wider world.
8. Snacks. Pause for time to gather with the group to enjoy a healthy and tasty snack, relax and chat
7. Have fun with children and youth. Some parents enjoy volunteering in their own child’s class; others volunteer with children older than their own, to get a taste of what things will be like in the future. Some volunteers enjoy working with the youngest children; others enjoy hearing from and guiding older elementary children and youth.
6. Attend Sunday morning religious services too. The REC and I are looking to lighten the load so that each team members can count on volunteering usually twice a month, sometimes once a month.
5. Be a part of a well-organized program. I have an orientation for first-timers in August. Teams organize themselves about who will lead and who will assist each Sunday using a google doc I create. Each Tues I send a reminder to each group about who is leading, who is assisting, and what session is coming up. Each Thurs I send an email to all the volunteers with announcements, and a short, inspirational message.
4. Have an opportunity to be creative, if that’s your thing; or follow a plan, if it’s not. If you are arts and crafty, you can bring those skills to the group. If not – no worries. The Tapestry of Faith program that we use for most of the groups has several activities each week for volunteers to choose from; I also offer to help volunteers plan their sessions.
3. Create caring communities for children and youth that are unlike any other that are available to them. Sunday school can be a place for each person to bring their whole selves, and be invited into a group where compassion and equity is fostered by trusted adults
2. Participate in our ”village”. Parents count on our religious community to help them to equip their children and youth with skills they need for a lifetime as religious people.
And the top reason to volunteer in RE is…
– to change the world. You’ll change lives; you’ll save lives – yes, children and youth need our safe and sacred places to survive – and you’ll plant seeds of compassion, wisdom and courage that will make the world a better place.
Ready to sign up? Use the sheet on the Sign Up Site in Channing Hall or email me or give me a call. Want to take a peek at what we’re offering? Here is the list of curricula. http://members.albanyuu.org/wp/dre-blog/315-2/religious-education-2014-15/
As always, I’m happy to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.