The ministries at Columbus Avenue strengthen the church family and reach out to our community according to the gifts that God has given each of us. Whatever your talents or interests may be, there’s a ministry at Columbus Avenue that needs you.  The list below shows some of the many ways members can serve.   


PRESCHOOL

Sunday School Worker:  Teach preschool birth to K each Sunday morning.  Roles include director, teaching lesson, music, and crafts.  
Extended Teaching Care:  Teach preschool birth to 3’s during the worship service.  Serve once a quarter.
Mission Friends:  Teach preschool age 3’s to K to learn about, pray for, give to, and do missions.  Meets Wednesday nights during the school year.  
Vacation Bible School:  Meets mornings for one week in July for ages birth to K.  Roles include teaching lesson, music, snacks, and crafts.  

 

CHILDREN

Sunday School Worker:  Teach Grades 1-6 each Sunday morning.  Roles include director, teaching lesson, music, and crafts.  
Children’s Discipleship:  Work with children in Grades 1-6 to encourage focused Bible Study and spiritual growth.  Meets weekly during the school year, days and times may vary to suit the needs of the group.
Girls in Action:  Missions discipleship organization for girls in Grades 1-6.  Meets Wednesday evenings during the school year.  
Royal Ambassadors:  Missions discipleship organization for boys in Grades 1-6.  Meets Wednesday evenings during the school year.  
Special Events:  Help plan, execute, and/or chaperone special one-time events throughout the year.  
Special Interest Groups:  Help facilitate a small group of children as they learn a new skill with which to serve the church and evangelize others (may include puppet team, drama team, media, creative arts, vocal groups, etc.).
Vacation Bible School:  Meets mornings for one week in July for Grades 1-6.  Roles include teaching lesson, music, crafts, recreation, and snacks.

YOUTH 

Sunday School Worker:  Teach Youth each Sunday morning.  Roles include director and teacher.  
Small Group Leader:  Lead a small group of Youth for one hour through a discipleship based study in host homes on Sunday evenings. Groups are divided by grade and gender. One year commitment.
Host Home:  Provide a meeting space for Youth small group on a Sunday evening.  Would not necessarily be a teaching role unless preferred, but would only need to have a space for students to meet an hour each Sunday evening.
Adult Sponsor:  Serve as chaperone for Youth events.  One time commitment for local and out-of-town events.  
Collide Café:  Oversee the inventory, shopping, and money handling of our resources for our Youth on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.  All profit goes into missions.
DNOW Food Coordinator:  Organize, plan, shop, and distribute food for the DNOW host homes.  Also responsible for helping get others to help.
DNOW Host Home:  Host a group of Youth for the weekend of DNOW.  Providing a meeting space for one weekend.  
Greeter:  Greet and welcome students as they come in to either Sunday morning or Wednesday night.   


COLLEGE

Sunday School Worker:  Greet and meet college students on Sunday morning.  Help lead table discussions based on the master-teacher lesson.  This ministry meets every Sunday and the commitment is open for as long as you want to serve.
Ministry Leader:  This leader will be willing to mentor one of our student leaders (Care Group Leaders) and encourage them forward in their attempts to live out their faith.  A Ministry Leader will keep weekly contact with student leaders and will help them in their ministry towards other college students.  Commitment is for one school year.  
Small Group Host Home:  This leader would be someone who is willing to open their home or to partner with someone who is willing to open up their home to a college small group every week.  Each week (day and time depend on when group can meet), this leader will fellowship with college students and encourage them as they lead their group.  Commitment is one school year.   


COMMITTEES  

Building & Grounds:  Give input and recommendations for repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to the facilities. Recommend policies to the church for building usage.  Typically meet monthly.  Serve a three year term.
Children’s:  Work with the Children’s Minster on programs and policies for the Children’s Ministry.  Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.  
Finance:  Work with staff and ministry leaders to develop a church budget.  Monitor giving and expenses monthly.  Promote stewardship and share stewardship information with the church throughout the year.  Typically meet monthly.  Serve a three year term.
Leadership Enlistment:  Work with the staff to provide volunteer leadership for all church committees, ministry teams, and program organizations.  Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.  
Long Range Planning:  Work with the staff in developing vision-driven goals for the future of the ministries of Columbus.  Work with the staff and church leadership to promote developed goals and help to facilitate their achievement.  Typically meet monthly.  Serve a three year term.
Missions:  Provide opportunities for the church to get involved in missions (local and global).  Oversee the mission houses owned by the church.  Typically meet monthly.  Serve a three year term.
Personnel:  Work with the pastor and supervisory ministerial staff in seeking, selecting, and recommending ministerial staff to the church.  Monitor staff responsibilities, benefits, and policies.   Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.
Preschool:  Work with the Preschool Minster on programs and policies for the Preschool Ministry and Weekday Ministries.  Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.  
Senior Adult:  Work with the Senior Adult Minster on programs, trips, and events for Senior Adults. Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.
Youth:  Work with the Youth Minster on programs and policies for the Youth Ministry.  Typically meet every other month.  Serve a three year term.   

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES

Day Camp Bus Drivers:  CDL bus drivers for Day Camp trips. The commitment is every Friday from early June to late August.  
Internationals:  Every Thursday morning from September through May Columbus Avenue offers classes to individuals from all over the world. These classes range from English to sewing to piano.
Kid’s Hope:  Columbus Avenue partners with Brook Avenue Elementary in providing individuals who will commit to mentoring one child, once a week during the school year.
Pathways/Benevolence:  Columbus Avenue provides short-term help for people in need of immediate assistance. This is done through weekly food distribution, monthly utility assistance, and packaging of snack sacks for the homeless.  
Upward Sports:  Looking for volunteers to coach (head, assistant, and cheerleader), referee, keep score, and work the concession stand. Also looking for Prayer Partners to pray for the league daily for 100 days.  Basketball and Cheerleading practice begin in November and games run January thru February.  Time commitment for coaches is 2-3 hours per week.  Time commitments for other tasks vary.   


CHURCH MINISTRIES

Baptismal:  Assist with baptisms in all three worship venues.  
Café Central:  Volunteer to help with food preparation, set up, serving, and cleanup for the Wednesday night meal each week.  
Deaf:  Work with deaf members and guests during Sunday School, worship service, and special events.
Decoration:  Facilitates the purchase, upkeep, and implementation of our Christmas decorations.  While purchasing can occur throughout the year, the main responsibility is decorating our church during Thanksgiving week and taking the decorations down after the New Year holiday.  As you can imagine, this is a big task and we are always looking for more people to help in this area.
Guest Central:  Serve at entrances to the church on Sunday mornings to welcome and direct people.
Historical:  Help maintain historical records of the church.
Homebound:  Develop relations with homebound members.  Make regular visits to homes and nursing homes of those who cannot get out.  
Hospitality Team:  Volunteers that help with the preparation and serving at church fellowships.  
Library:  Help in the church library by organizing books and helping those that visit the library find books.
Men’s Cook Team:  Cook and serve food at various church and community events.  
Photography:  Photograph church events (baptisms, special programs, etc.) to use for church promotions and publications.
Prayer:  Equip, coordinate and/or mobilize others in prayer strategies as well as actually praying!  
Short Term Missions:  Participate in national or international mission trips.  Trips could be focused on construction, VBSs, sports camp, or medical clinics.
Spanish:  Help with Sunday School, worship, or other activities of the Spanish Ministry
Sunday School Teacher (Adults):  Teach on rotations as needed in several areas such as our Internationals Class. This can be your mission field!  
Women’s:  Help lead planning and communications for women’s ministry events such as monthly social night for ladies and event or conference planning once or twice a year. 


MUSIC & WORSHIP MINISTRIES

Preschool Worship Arts (age 3-K):  Meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year.  This program teaches kids to be lifelong worshippers by exposing them to singing, movement, playing instruments, drama, and visual art.  Participation can be started at any time, but most are a part of the group for the entire school year.
Children’s Worship Arts (Grades 1-6):  Meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year.  This program teaches kids to be lifelong worshippers by exposing them to singing, movement, playing instruments, drama, and visual art.  Participation can be started at any time, but most are a part of the group for the entire school year.  
Messengers Youth Choir:  Fun group of teenagers who learn what it means to be a lifelong worshipper.  The group rehearses on Sunday afternoon and goes on a mission trip each year.  Participation can be started at any time, but most are a part of the group for the entire school year.  
Adults:  Adult choir, orchestra, band, handbell choir, and vocal ensembles are always looking for new members. These groups rehearse once during the week at various times.  The time commitment varies in each group.  Some members participate for special seasons and most participate all year.
Senior Adults Choir:  Senior Adult choir meets every other week during the school year and enjoys singing in our community.  Participation can be started at any time, but most are a part of the group for the entire school year.  
Media & Broadcast:  Volunteers help during worship services and special events with video production, camera work, audio mixing, lighting design, and stage crew.  Participation can be started at any time and most serve on a rotation of volunteers which calls them to serve most weeks (but not every week).   


POTENTIAL MINISTRIES

Divorce Care:  A friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside those going through separation or divorce.  Weekly sessions include video seminars with experts and group discussions.
Grief Share:  Helps to support those facing challenges from the loss of a spouse, child, family member, or close friend.  Weekly sessions include video seminars with experts, group discussions, and personal study.
Recovery Ministry:  Bible study based program to help those struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.
Drama Ministry:  Looking for all ages to help with drama productions.
Marriage Enrichment:  Help organize events to enrich marriages within the church and community.  
Men’s:  Help lead planning and communications for men’s ministry events such as events and conferences for men.   


OTHER

 If you have ideas for other ministries, please let the church staff know.