At St. John, there are many opportunities to serve. Check out the information below and sign up to serve in a way that best suits you!
An Acolyte is typically a 6th – 8th grade confirmand/student that assists the Pastor during worship and religious services, but high school students are also welcome to participate. Volunteers will:
- Arrive for worship 15 minutes before the service begins.
- In the choir room, put on your robe and cross necklace. Take a moment to pray and reflect on your service.
- 2 minutes before the service, ignite the candlelighters, proceed to the alter and light the candles.
- Be seated in the front pew and participate in worship service.
- After the sermon, assist with the passing of the collection plates, by taking them from the alter and giving them to the ushers. Receive the collection plates in return, and deliver to the Pastor for praise and thanksgiving.
- During Holy Communion preparation, receive the Body and Blood of Christ at the Communion Rail, then assist with collection of communion cups, distribution of grape juice.
- After communion and final hymn, return to the choir room, retrieve candlelighters, use the snuffer bell to smother candles.
The Altar Guild members serve in monthly teams, behind the scenes, to set the Altar for Communion (Early Service Teams) or wash and put away the Communion vessels after services (Late Service Teams). Volunteers will:
- Work in the Altar Guild Room (left front of Main Sanctuary) which usually takes 10-15 minutes
- Early Service Teams arrive at 7:30am
- During Communion, replenish wafers and wine and pray for the communicants
- Choose which service you wish to serve at (Early or Late) and the month
- Obtain a substitute if you need one due to scheduling conflicts
- Serve with experienced members and receive detailed instructions in advance of your serving
- Visit the Altar Guild Room before or after any service to talk to our members or to see our handbook and photos
The Assisting Minister takes on the role of assisting minister as written in the liturgy used during the 11am service. The Assisting Minister serves in a 2 month rotation, serving approximately once every 2 months. Volunteers will:
- Receive training from Pastor Mariola Bergquist
- Provide scheduling conflicts to scheduler via email
- Prepare for assigned Sunday by familiarizing with chanted/spoken sections of the liturgy
- Prepare prayer petitions
- On day of participation, be early and robed at the start of the service
Sunday School Helpers
Sunday School Helpers lead Sunday School lessons weekly from 9:30am –10:30am for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade. Volunteers will:
- Get to know children and their families
- Have fun teaching lessons about Jesus and the Bible
- Show up at 9:00am on Sundays for fellowship and morning directions
- Assist other Sunday School Helpers
- Volunteer on a monthly or semester basis
A Choir Singer attends Wednesday night choir practices and sings in the choir. Choir singers will:
- Be available to practice on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:40pm in the Sanctuary
- Have the ability to sing on pitch
- Attend the 11am Sunday service
Church Picnic Volunteer
Church Picnic Volunteers help at the annual church picnic event, usually held in the month of October. We need volunteers for:
- Ticket Sales
- Site Preparation
- Tear Down
- Clean Up
- Game Warden
- Train Engineer / Conductor
Communion Server / Communion Assistant
Communion Servers and Communion Assistants help to distribute bread and wine during Holy Communion. Volunteers will:
- Serve on Sunday mornings and at occasional weekday services
- Show up when scheduled
- Know the words to say:
Wine: “The Blood of Christ Shed For You”
Bread: “The Body of Christ Given For You”
- Know the words to bless children who do not commune
Emergency Response Ministry Volunteer
Members of the Emergency Response Team are trained church volunteers that provide protection and assistance to the congregation of St. John in the case of any emergency. The Emergency Response Team consists of:
- A Coordinator who is the main person in charge of the ministry
- A Team Leader who is second in charge of the other team members
- Command Center Monitors that man radios and surveillance monitors
- Door Monitors that monitor entrances during all services and events
- A Medical Leader who is the main point of contact for any medical emergency that arises
- Rovers that provide extra coverage and patrol the church campus, interior and exterior.
Growing Hope Ministry
The Growing Hope ministry provides an opportunity for you to “Make Jesus Known” and share the gospel, through one-on-one mentoring, with families in our community.
Service Opportunities include:
- Writing cards/notes of encouragement
- Appointment reminder calls to clients
- Bi-Monthly calls to families – dialog will be provided
- Graphic design – newsletters/flyers
- Special Projects Coordinator – monthly/holidays
- Mentors for families in need
- Back up Mentors when Mentors are unable to deliver to their client
- Back up logistics person – help load unload and allocate products for families
- On Call drivers – on occasion we many need to drop off boxes if the client cannot make it to the distribution
A Handbell Ringer attends practices on Thursday nights (not every week) and plays with the bell choir. Volunteers will:
- Be available to practice on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
- Have the ability to count.
- Be able to play rhythmically and “on time”
New Member Sponsor
As a New Member Sponsor – part of the New Member Care Ministry – current members have the opportunity to assist new members as they grow in their relationship with God and to
welcome them to their new church family. Volunteers will:
- Attend one or more new member classes to connect with a group of new members
- Answer new member questions about St. John Lutheran church.
- Introduce new members during Sunday gatherings.
- Explain and invite new members to our church programs and activities.
- Suggest opportunities for which new members can use their talents to serve.
- Attend the service of induction with their new members.
- Maintain close contact with new member as they grow in the church family.
Operation Christmas Child 2022
Operation Christmas Child is a way to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. OCC is a mission of Samaritan’s Purse. Volunteers can:
- Pack a box and drop off at SJLC during Drop-off week
- Donate money! Donations go to directly support the collecting, processing, shipping, and other project costs
- November 14-21 – Assist with manning the church during the OCC Box Drop-Off times
- November 21 – Load the cartons into a truck
SonShine Team (Greeter)
SonShine Team members provide a warm and welcoming environment for each and every guest and member attending St. John’s worship services. Volunteers will:
- Greet all guests and members with an open door, welcoming smile and warm handshake
- Direct all attendees needing assistance to find their destination by escorting them to that location
- Provide information from the Info Desk (when scheduled) by becoming familiar with all StJLC personnel, activities, schedules, special events and building layout
- Provide Visitor Packets to all first time visitors as they are identified
- Be available to start 30 minutes prior to your assigned worship service
- Pray that you will be a blessing to each person you greet by making them feel welcomed to worship our Lord at StJLC
Sunday Breakfast Team
The Sunday Breakfast Team makes sure the coffee is on and the food is ready in the
Family Life Center. Volunteers will:
- Arrive at 7:45am to help prepare food and drink so it is ready by 8:45am.
- Serve attendees until 11am
- Clean up tables, serving area and kitchen at 11am
- Work with other team members to plan timing, so that each person is able to attend worship
- Pray that the food and fellowship will bless all who partake
Ushers provide a warm and welcoming environment for each and every guest and member and enable the Pastors to conduct an organized worship service. Volunteers will:
- Be available to start 30 minutes prior to your assigned worship service
- Greet and provide bulletins/information to all guests and members entering the Sanctuary
- Direct all attendees needing assistance to find seating by escorting them to that location
- At appropriate times, the ushers will collect Prayer Cards, collect Offerings, and usher attendees to the Altar for Communion
- Count attendance in the Sanctuary, blast!, Narthex, and Nursery
- Pray that you will be an instrument in making every worship service a blessing to all in attendance
Wednesday Night Shepherd
A Wednesday Night Shepherd helps lead Wednesday night youth activities and co-leads a small group youth Bible study. Volunteers will:
- Arrive by 6pm on Wednesday to have fellowship with the youth over dinner
- Lead or assist with activities starting at 6:30pm and with small groups starting at 7pm
- Shepherds will be provided teaching materials, but are encouraged to use their creativity as they lead and build relationships
- Must agree to a background check and Ministry Safe protocols
- Regularly pray for the students and families
- Report to Family3 Ministries
Wild Game Dinner Volunteer
Wild Game Dinner Volunteers help at the annual charity event. In 2023 it will be held on Saturday, April 29th at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne. Volunteers will help with:
- Selling Sponsorships/Contacting Local Businesses
- Coordinating Donations
- Ticket sales
- Raffle preparation
- Event set up
- Ticket collections
- Event Clean up
- Other duties as needed
We are also looking for two Donation Coordinators!
We will need a two person team to coordinate church members that are contacting potential donors and record information on confirmed donations. These two people must have basic experience with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact Richard Wagner directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yard Sale Volunteer
Volunteers will be needed to help with:
- Promotion of event
- MOVING TEAM: Moving of large, heavy items
- Organizing items before the sale
- Pricing of item
- Set-Up of tables and Items
- Selling during the event
- Event clean-up
- And other duties, as needed