The programs at Parkwood Gardens Church exist and thrive because of volunteers.
Many volunteers are needed to continue and to expand these vital programs.
For more information or to sign up, click on the appropriate link.
Volunteers operate the sound board and visual presentation equipment during Sunday worship services, special events, weddings, comedy nights, funerals etc. The team of volunteers serve based on a rotating schedule.
An aptitude in both operation and problem solving is required and training is provided.
We have a vibrant and exciting children’s ministry that thrives on volunteers to operate and grow. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in the way of different age groups, different activities and different events. A Police Report is required by all Children’s Ministry volunteers. Applications for Police Reports are provided by the Children’s Ministry Pastor.
Responsible for presenting and promoting the ministry and values of the church, the Communications Team’s responsibilities include web site management, internet and telephone services, outdoor signage, graphic design and advertising and promotion.
We invite volunteers to join in decorating the sanctuary for weekly services as well as for special celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
If you love to meet new people, be part of a team and see the gifts of the spirit exemplified, then we are looking forward to having you join our ministry.
The men of Parkwood Gardens do an amazing job hosting the annual Good Friday Breakfast. Over 35 volunteers are needed for set up, cooking, serving and cleaning up.
The Hospitality Committee supports group events at the church where the kitchen or kitchen related events are involved.
We also keep the kitchen stocked with things such as paper plates, plastic cutlery, napkins, cups, coffee, tea, sugar, dish soap, storage containers and anything else that may be needed or used in the kitchen.
This is a team oriented ministry so the more people on board, the less work for everyone. The committee meets at the church as events occur.
Volunteers in the church library maintain the book collection in the areas of acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, shelving, expanding the shelves, and new book displays.
The volunteers of the Meals Ministry provide meals during times of need, such as when a new baby arrives, when there is an illness or surgery, or when there is a death.
Requests for meals are made through the co-ordinators and we use an electronic sign-up system so volunteers can sign up to prepare and deliver a meal as their personal schedules allow them to.
As these needs can be high we require a large volunteer base.
Adults who have had initial training are available to mentor people who are looking for guidance and growth.
A mentor is someone with life and spiritual experience who will come alongside you to encourage you in your spiritual or life walk. Mentors are not counselors, but are experienced people who can help you to grow and develop life and leadership skills.
A vital part of our youth ministry is having godly adults who are willing to spend time with teens. Mentoring is a relationship between two people, one of whom is a little further along on the Christian journey, in this case an adult and a teen.
There are specific requirements and guidelines for mentors. We have a mentoring manual and you will be coached through the process by our Youth Pastor.
Volunteers who serve on Parkwood’s Mission team are those who have an interest in local and world mission efforts.
Quarterly missions meetings are held to review and update mission’s efforts, assist in preparation of annual mission budgets, and assist in the annual review and distribution of undesignated mission funds.
Outreach Team – For info or to sign up click here.
The Outreach team plans events and strategies to promote missional living through Parkwood Gardens Church members individually as well as church wide events.
The team also supports and collaborates with groups within the community such as the Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group.
Typical events include Comedy Nights, a Carol Sing at Ecott Place, and Winterfest along with other events throughout the year.
There is something new every year! Event planning takes place throughout the year on an ongoing basis. New members are always welcome. For further info or to submit ideas, please contact the church office.
The property team takes care of maintenance of the physical church property inside and out. These include landscaping, painting and repairs. The property team also oversees the contracts for snow removal, janitorial, A/C and heating, and lawn cutting.
Our volunteers offer a wide variety of skills. Some look after on-going needs and others are called upon seasonally or according to the needs that arise. New members are always welcome to join the property team.
Our Tellers count the offerings given to Parkwood on Sunday mornings.
Tellers work in pairs (unrelated people) with one pair assigned each Sunday. The Tellers count the offerings from both services (usually during second service after the offering is collected), record all of the donor information on the computer, prepare the bank deposit, and deposit the money.
Training is provided. Depending on the number of Tellers currently in service, Tellers are usually on duty about once every four weeks. Scheduling is flexible.
UB Camp is held at Hidden Valley Camp in Paisley, Ontario. It is an overnight camp for children in grades 3-12. Camp runs from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon for 3 weeks in August. It is a time designed to develop and deepen the spiritual life of each camper through bible exploration, music, prayer, swimming, campfires, crafts, and recreation. Check out the Camp website here.
The weekly sessions are for the following age groups:
Junior High Camp, Grades 7-8, August 6-11, 2022
Junior Camp, Grades 3-6, August 13-18, 2022
Teen Camp, Grades 9-10-11-12+, August 20-25, 2022
Staff per camp week
2 – Directors
6-8 – Counsellors
1 – Worship Coordinator
3 – Recreation
2 – Crafts
10 – Kitchen staff
1 – Photographer
2 – Handy Persons
2 – Speakers
A total of 34 volunteers per camp week are required.
Each service we have one volunteer at the front and back doors to greet people on the way into the building and to help newcomers find the resources they need. Greeters also have guests sign the guest book at the welcome centre and provide them a gift.
For each service there are two ushers at the sanctuary doors. They greet everyone with a friendly smile and a handshake and hand out the church bulletin. The greeters and ushers also collect the offering and response cards.
A schedule is prepared so volunteers will know well in advance the dates they are are on duty. We require 8 volunteers each Sunday. Our goal is to maintain 40 volunteers on the roster.
Celebrating and lifting high the name of Jesus through choir, dramatic reading, scripture reading, testimony, dance, special music, drama and other visual and creative arts.
Volunteers should exhibit gifting and talent in their areas of interest. Volunteers need to be available to meet on Sundays prior to celebration times. In some areas where practice is required, a rehearsal time is scheduled at a time convenient to those participating.