Volunteer for Light of the World!
Volunteers give teachings and witness at the retreats. Leaders for the small faith sharing groups that are part of the retreat. Needed are people to set up the environment for the retreat, work registration, prepare and serve the meals during the retreat, set up and maintain liturgical environment; take hours of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament during the retreat, tear down the environment, clean up, store retreat items; facilitate the formation of new small faith communities after the retreat, provide ongoing support for the small faith communities; assist with the retreat sign up weekend by taking registrations, handing out brochures, answering questions and witnessing before the parish community.
1. Evangelizers/Teachers: called by God to this ministry; exhibit some ease speaking in front of others; willing to share God’s work in their personal lives with the retreatants.
2. Witnesses: called by God to this ministry; willingness to share God’s work in their lives with the retreatants Shepherds: willing to listen to the retreatants, facilitate respectful sharing among the members of their small group, willingness to share God’s work in their personal lives with their small group if needed; committed to praying for the members of their group Environment: physical strength to set up chairs, tables, heavy curtains, move other furniture as needed to “set up” the retreat setting. Ability to “take it all down” and put it away when retreat is over.
3. Liturgical Environment: ability to be present for the entire retreat; “dress” table for the Monstrance for adoration; move table when needed, light and extinguish candles, set up “side altars” in conference room; ability to carry statues of Sacred Heart and Blessed Mother, set up many candles. If retreat is in the school gym, ability to “set up” the adoration chapel – dress table for the Monstrance, set up chairs, put out rosaries, Bible and adoration prayers. Phone all those who volunteered to pray an hour before the Monstrance to remind them of their commitment.
4. Hospitality: some knowledge of food preparation, cleanliness; ability to stand for 2 hours, prepare salads, & other foods, clean off tables, replenish the drinks, willingness to serve the meal and clean up afterwards. Ability to oversee the other volunteers who come in to prepare and serve each of the meals.
5. Registration: on Friday evening, check retreatants off registration list when they arrive, give them materials to make their own name tag, collect registration fee and give receipt if necessary. When retreat begins, count the money and deposit in safe. Adorers: ability and willingness to spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament during the retreat to pray for the retreatants and those ministering as evangelizers and witnesses.
6. Candle ceremony: ability to work during the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday by giving out lit candles and song sheets to the Light of the World alumni who come to surprise the retreatants at the end of the Mass.
7. Small Faith Community Formation Coordinator: couple willing to dedicate a couple of hours weekly for up to six weeks to explain the Light of the World small faith community and facilitate the formation of such a community by the retreatants who wish to pursue this. Must be members of a small faith community themselves and comfortable relating to people in a small group.
8. Light of the World Parish Core Team: willingness to serve 2 years on this team which meets three times a year to discuss the retreats, small faith communities, study list provided by the pastor, current ministry involvements of Light of the World (ex. Common grounds/ Information Center) and explore possible future ministry for Light of the World participation. Positions are: Grow and Persevere Coordinator which provide a yearly 1/2 day of reflection for the LOTW alumni and a social for the LOTW alumni. Small Faith Community Coordinator which visit all of the small faith communities during the year and host one meeting of the small faith community contact persons where upcoming events, ministries, changes and updates to the study list, “what works” in their community are shared.