Serving in the Church

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

While serving is a tangible way to Love God and walk in obedience, it’s also great way to demonstrate one of our values Others > Us. God has created each individual in our Real Life community (Yes, that includes you!) with unique skills, interests, and gifts to equip the body of Christ.

We value the way God has created you, and don’t want you to be on the sidelines missing out on spiritual growth! Search the list below to see the large array of volunteer opportunities and email that individual to let them know you're interested in learning more or jumping right into serving and we'll connect you and see if it is a fit to where God may be leading you to plug in.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Special Needs Buddy This role works within the children and student ministry to be a buddy to those with special needs. This person provides 1-on-1 assistance and attention to children and students who need extra support on Sunday mornings. The Buddies program helps every child and family feel cared for, regardless of how much care they need.

Teacher Assistant Teacher Assistants help the main classroom teacher by corralling children and walking with kids through the assigned craft and lesson illustration provided.  This is an easy entry and greatly needed role for Children’s Ministry.

Greeter The Greeter on Sunday mornings greets families, making them feel welcome and walks them to class so they know where to go and where to pick up their children.

EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Tina Goodwin tgoodwin@reallife.church

STUDENT MINISTRY

Special Needs Buddy This team works within the children and student ministry to be a buddy to those with special needs. This person provides 1-on-1 leadership and attention to children and students who need extra support on Sunday mornings.The Buddies program helps every child and family feel cared for, regardless of how much care they need.

Can’t wait to see you Now that we know who is coming to our Student Ministry and Children’s environments, we have an opportunity to help those students and children feel welcome even before they set foot in the door. This person will be responsible for connecting with children and students before they attend the Sunday gathering that they registered for.

Small Group leader coach As a coach to our SGLs and Transit leaders, we need you to both manage and shepherd the small group leaders in your care. You win when small group leaders feel known, trained, and celebrated so that they can do for their few what you do for them.

Postcard Writer This person loves to write! At the beginning of the month they are responsible to write to each student in our ministry with a birthday during that month.

EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Mike Johnson mjohnson@reallife.church

GENERAL MINISTRY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Outreach Opportunities Leader This role needs someone passionate about reaching people who don’t attend church regularly contacts local and worldwide missionaries to let them know we are thinking of them and ask if there are any needs we can help with.  Help us contact schools, local organizations and ministries to create awareness and plan service events. Must be relational and organized. Ability to dream is a plus!

Property/Grounds Worker(s) Throughout the year our church property/grounds needs work.  Planting flowers, trimming tree limbs, mulching, removing debris, spreading rock, etc.  All materials are paid for by the church but we need someone who will take this role on and help us make our property look excellent.  

Construction/Project Volunteer Are you gifted at building and completing projects?  We are always needing someone or a team of people to work on projects around the church for various ministries and special events.  This person will serve on an as-needed basis. If we need something build, a display put up, you would be on a team we would contact.  

Touch Up Painter Our building appearance really matters to us. To keep our building in top condition we need touch up painting done about every 6 months to cover scuffs and scrapes

Decoration Coordinator and oversees the execution of seasonal/photo-booth/special event decor. 

Set up/Tear Down of Tables/chairs This person is responsible for setting up for events/groups that use our building. This primarily includes setting up chairs, tables, and removing unneeded pieces of furniture. This would be an as needed position with opportunities coming up a few times a month.

EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Our Admin Team info@reallife.church

Welcome and Connect Team

Young Adults Community Launcher/Leader Has a heart and passion to see young adults (18-20 somethings)connected in community and discipled. This could start out as a community group, but this person would desire to grow the influence and community Real Life has with Young Adults- looking to establish a young-adults gathering. (Approximately: 4 hours, weekly)

Coffee Brewer This person ensures that there is coffee ready to go each Sunday morning. This would entails having the coffee prepped and brewed by 8:30am. And then the Welcome Team would take it from there. Can serve 1 - 4 times a month.

Coffee Clean Up This person cleans and puts away all the coffee supplies following the start of 2nd service. This would entail collecting the coffee urns, washing them out, and resetting the kitchen for the next Sunday. Can serve 1 - 4 times a month.

PiN (People in Need) Ministry Food Deliver This person would be responsible for delivering the PiN lunches to the PiN offices in Virginia Beach. We make lunches for PiN roughly every other month.

PiN (People in Need) Food Pickup Bimonthly pick up a large order from Sam's Club and deliver it to the church kitchen.  All items are ordered and purchased by the church.  We need someone to scheduled that would pickup food and deliver to the church.

Military Liaison/Organizer Brainstorm and implement ways to help those who have transferred into the area to connect with real life. Also, systemize ways for the church to know when a spouse is out on deployment and check in/ find ways to support the remaining spouse during deployment. (Timeframe= heavy at first in getting a system down, then weekly check-in and emails to team (10 min)

First Time Guest Card Writer This person would write a personal note to each person who comes to Real Life for the first time. They would receive a list each week and would be provided with stationary and postage.

EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Joshua Shaw jshaw@reallife.church

Speaker, Message Prep, Visual Elements, Arts

Sermon Artist Available for both services on infrequent weekends to provide artistic expression to the sermon. Would work with whoever is preaching the message to conceptualize an idea and use artistic skills during the sermon to enhance the message. (once or twice a quarter during all services)

Art/creative team Would work with a team and the teachers to hear about the overarching themes and specific topics of sermons to think creatively about the weekend experience and elements that can be brought in to creatively enhance the message. (once a quarter meetings)

Sermon researcher Work with our Lead Pastor, Drew, to find out sermon topics and research information, compiling succinct and pertinent information for the sermons. (a few hours each sermon series depending on how much you want to research)

Sign language Ability to sign the weekend gatherings during the service. We don’t yet have a deaf population, but we know there are a handful (ha-ha) of signers in our congregation, and if we were able to provide signing we may be able to reach the deaf. (weekly during one of the services)

EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Drew Froese dfroese@reallife.church

Worship/Broadcast/Tech Teams

Worship

o  Sunday AM Stagehand.  We can always use assistance in serving our Sunday morning experience. Responsible for moving podium, mic stands and other furniture as needed during weekend service

o  Slide Operator (Training Provided)

o  Lighting Operator (Training Provided)
        ⁃ Trigger light cues during weekend services (Training Provided)

o  Camera Operator (Training Provided)

Photographer Are you a skilled photographer with your own equipment?  We consistently deploy photographers to capture live action crowds, events, and website photos.

Hospitality Greenroom snack/water/coffee stocker – this role serves biweekly or weekly to make sure green room is ready for Sunday by replenishing snacks, water bottles and coffee supplies from onsite stock - report low stock to our office admin.

Poet On an as needed basis, occasionally a poem would be a great fit for a sermon series or a worship night

In service/on video narrator/reader Occasionally an in service reading or video narration. If you enjoy elements that enhance the worship experience, reach out –this is for you.

 EMAIL TO LEARN MORE

To learn more or sign up to serve in any of these roles contact: Josh Combs jcombs@reallife.church