See What God Can Do Through You
How can I get more involved in my church? This is a common question among churchgoers. The first place to start in answering this question is to find out the specific needs of your church body.
Something else to consider is your personal skill set and spiritual gifts. Are you an encourager? Do you enjoy interacting with people of all ages or a specific age group? Do you enjoy organizing and leading or would you rather be working “behind the scenes”? Do you have a busy schedule in your day to day life or do you have time to spare that could be given to your church body? Our age and health can also be a contributing factor but, in most churches, there is an opportunity for everyone to be more involved!
And always remember:
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." Colossians 3:23
Here are just a few of the ways to become involved at Gibbsville:
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
1. Attend worship
The most important part of being involved in your church is simply being present. While we should all be involved in more ways than one, we often undervalue the simple act of showing up and joining in corporate worship.
By doing this simple act, you are not only bringing worship, praise, and honor to your Heavenly Father but Hebrews 10:25 tells us that by meeting together we are also encouraging and building up our brothers and sisters.
We all have our routines, and taking time away from our families to attend one more extra activity can cause frustration. But we need to start looking at these activities as opportunities to grow and serve. It is through these small group activities that the details of our personal lives come to light. This is where we learn about each other and build friendships that offer opportunities to serve one another - which is, in turn, serving our church as a whole.
3. Be a Greeter or Usher
There are three very easy ways to serve here at Gibbsville.
One is volunteering to stand at the door to shake hands and welcome people as they come through the doors with a kind word and a smile.
The second way is to help people find someplace to sit and hand them a bulletin. These are both great ways to make contact with those you already know and a wonderful way to make a new friend.
The third way to serve is a more unofficial way. Rather than walking in and claiming your seat, walk around the room offering a warm smile and a handshake or hug. Make a point not to linger with friends. Talk with people you don’t know and make them feel welcome.
Using Your Gifts
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
4. Be Aware and Available
Be aware by simply watching for and listening to the needs of those around you. This might mean volunteering to hold babies in the nursery, or teaching or assisting in children’s classes. This could mean spotting a young mother with full hands and offering to help carry something. Perhaps there are college students who could use a mentor or single parents who need a free babysitter. Maybe there is someone who could simply use a ride to the grocery store once a week.
Being involved in your church body may mean meeting a need outside of the church building. This is how a church body becomes a church family - by living life together and being available to one another.
Here are some areas that you can use your gifts to serve God:
For most of us helping with Sunday School or DVBS seems extraordinarily overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to help with Sunday School or DVBS without being front and center. If you’re artistic, ask about helping with decorations. If you like baking, ask about preparing homemade goodies for the kids. If you’re musical, ask about helping teach the kids new songs. Extra hands are always appreciated, and what better way to serve your church body than to invest in the future leaders.
Have a passion to help the older kids? Like to have fun? Help is always welcome in the Middle School and High Scool ministries as well.
If God has gifted you with a pleasant voice and a desire to sing his praises, why not have fun using those gifts for his glory. There are many opportunities to serve, or perhaps you can think of some new and unique way you can serve musically, we would like to hear about it!
Are you a gadget person? A geek? A music guru? Well, there is always an opportunity to serve in the Media ministries here at Gibbsville. Sound technicians, Video recording, presentation graphics all are important parts of worship here. You don't have to be an expert, just willing to learn and serve and we will teach you the rest.
Are you a handyman? A jack-of-all-trades? An electrician, or carpenter? We have projects to fit your skill level. As with any building, there are always things to be done, all we are looking for is willing hands to serve as part of a team of dedicated people.
A gift of a kind word and a warm meal can go a long way to encourage someone who is going through a tough time. What better way to use those culinary gifts to share the love of God.
Artistic / Creative
Everything from graphics creation to decorating the church can be an outlet for the artistic or creatively gifted person. Join others with complimentary gifts to keep things fresh and inviting as we decorate for the seasons, to illustrate a sermon, or just giving things a facelift.
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
5. Be Hospitable
We live in a time where social media keeps people content with socializing from afar rather than actually engaging in personal relationships. One of the most important ways to serve in your church body is to be hospitable. Invite people into your home. This doesn’t have to include a Bible study or awkward spiritual conversations.
You would be surprised how uplifting it can be for someone to simply be invited into a home and fed a nice home-cooked meal accompanied by friendly conversation. If your home is not conducive to hosting guests, an invitation to eat out is almost always welcomed too.
6. Make a Meal for Someone in Need
Offering a meal to a family after death or hospitalization is very important for the family who is trying to cope with a new reality. This meal not only offers them physical nourishment but it also offers them spiritual nourishment, as they are surrounded by people who love and care for them.
Most of us have eaten a funeral meal and never stopped to think about all the hands that made it happen. Someone must purchase the food, prepare the food, serve the meal, and then stay afterward to clean and put everything away. This is often a thankless task, but it is also a humbling task and a very significant and meaningful way to serve.
7. Send Notes of Encouragement
These days we do most of our communicating via text and email, but most everyone enjoys receiving a handwritten note in the mail. Send birthday cards to the young children or notes of encouragement to the older youth. Send anniversary cards with a word of advice to young married couples or letters with prayers and encouragement to those who have gone away to college. Sending sympathy cards, get well cards, or cards of congratulations are always appreciated.
An unexpected handwritten note is sure to brighten anyone’s day, especially those who are alone, shut-in, a prisoner, or just going through tough times.
We can also send notes of encouragement to our pastors, staff, and teachers. So many are quick to criticize and let them know what they don't like or what went wrong. How much these servants need our encouragement to bring the light of Christ into thier day.