Sunday Morning Serving Teams
Part of the purpose of a church greeter is to help prepare the way for a person to encounter God in the worship service.
A friendly welcome, a helpful attitude, and a loving word may help someone feel a real sense of care and connection. Greeters play a vital role in forming not just a visitor’s first impression of Desert Palms Church but for some, their first impression of Jesus.
What do greeters do?
- Greeters welcome all who come in the door on Sunday mornings.
- Greeters help newcomers navigate the campus, pointing out the restrooms, hospitality station (for coffee, doughnuts, and water), and if visitors have children, where to find the nursery.
- Greeters give out worship service bulletins.
Greeters also serve as key connectors, helping to pair new visitors with established DPC members as well as the pastor and staff.
A greeter can expect to serve one Sunday every four to six weeks.
The word hospitality is derived from the Latin word “hospes” meaning visitor or stranger. In practice, hospitality is the generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests to Desert Palms Church. Hospitality volunteers greet and serve between the Sunday school hour and the beginning of church (10:00 to 10:25 a.m.) and follow the simple outline church planter Tony Merida recommends: “Greet warmly. Engage sincerely. Say goodbye thoughtfully.”
- Greet warmly. Hospitality volunteers offer warm, kind, and authentically gracious service as they provide drinks, snacks, and engaging conversation with our visitors.
- Engage sincerely. Hospitality volunteers maintain an environment that is open, friendly, and sociable, helping visitors to make meaningful connections with others.
- Say goodbye thoughtfully. Hospitality volunteers seek to help visitors transition from being new to being known. When it is time for the church service to begin, they help visitors connect with others where they will be welcomed and cared for throughout the rest of their time on campus. The thought is that from beginning to end, a visitor feels comfortable and knows he or she is cared for.
A hospitality volunteer can expect to serve one Sunday every four to six weeks.
The Bible instructs Christians to give tithes and offerings to the church. In so doing, we are acknowledging God as provider, the one who meets all of our needs. We are in effect saying that we are mere stewards of the many gifts he gives us.
Therefore, we at DPC have offering ushers who help collect the tithes and offerings each week during the church service.
- Offering ushers work in teams to pass collection plates during the offertory in the Sunday morning worship service. They then bring the collection plates to the pulpit, where the offerings remain until the completion of the service. Deacons remove the offering plates and complete the counting and deposit of any monies collected.
An offering volunteer can expect to serve once every six weeks.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a means of grace from God to believers. The Lord's Supper is a sharing in the sacrifice of Jesus, publicly professing our faith in him and reliance on his grace. Thus, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly. To accomplish this each week, we ask teams of two to prepare the communion elements prior to the service.
What do Communion prep teams do?
- Communion prep teams arrive before or during the Sunday school hour to divide the elements (bread and wine) onto trays. The bread, wine, grape juice, communion cups and all supplies are kept in the kitchen, and there is a detailed checklist to ensure that all communion prep teams know exactly what to do.
- Communion prep teams take the prepared elements to the altar prior to the beginning of the church service, then remove the remaining elements after church is done, disposing of any unused elements.
A communion prep team volunteer can expect to serve once every six weeks.
The worship environment is dynamic, not static, and therefore requires someone with a skill for observing, hearing, and adjusting in order to ensure that the message of the music, sermon, and visual additions are most effectively seen and heard. Above all, though, a sound and tech team member must have a heart to serve the pastor, the worship leader, the musicians, and the congregation with whom he or she will be working closely each week.
What do sound tech members do?
- Sound tech members arrive by 9:45 a.m. each Sunday to work with the musicians, worship leader, and pastor to ensure the sound board, cameras, and slides are ready and that preliminary sound and light tests have been done.
- Sound tech members work throughout the church service to ensure that the music and the message are heard and experienced in the best way possible. Team members advance slides, adjust sound on the sound board for microphones and musical instruments, diminish sound feedback, and check throughout the sanctuary to ensure best sound and light.
- One sound tech member will also edit and upload sermon videos to YouTube each Sunday after the church service.
A sound tech volunteer can expect to serve on a rotation for six weeks (or longer, if desired).
Throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we’re told to sing to God. Psalm 100:1-2 says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (ESV). And Paul exhorted the Ephesians to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:18-20 ESV).
We believe that as we worship the Lord with gladness and singing, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, we are honoring him and giving him the praise due his name. Thus, singing is an integral part of our Sunday worship experience.
Not only is God glorified when we worship him with music and melody, but we as his people are changed. Hymns and spiritual songs are designed to take what we know to be true about God and the Gospel and to massage those truths into our hearts. Songs give passage to our minds and hearts that is different from the spoken word. It is through song that we adore, praise, and worship and it is through music that we are transformed.
What do musicians do?
- Those who play a musical instrument or those gifted in singing may audition to sing and play with the worship team on Sunday mornings.
- Musicians must attend 9:30 a.m. practice on the Sunday mornings he or she is to play.
- Special choir pieces (including children’s choir) are performed throughout the year, and for those, musicians are asked to practice as a group at an established time outside of Sunday morning practice.
A musician can expect to serve on an ongoing basis, and individual experiences are based on our Music Director’s schedule for songs and choir.
Desert Palms Church provides a nursery on Sunday during the church service for infants up to age four. We do have a seasoned staff member who knows CPR and first aid, and she is consistently there to care for the children in the nursery each week. In addition, we have a rotating volunteer schedule so that DPC members can help serve in this valuable way.
What do nursery workers do?
- Nursery workers serve as assistants to our staff nursery worker, helping to play with and care for the needs of the young children during the church service.
- Nursery workers volunteer from 10:15 to approximately 11:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
- Nursery workers must agree to a background check, and it is recommended that you be certified in CPR as well, although this is not required.
A nursery worker can expect to serve once every six weeks.
Sunday School Teachers/Helpers
Sunday school is a time where we teach about the Christian faith in a more interactive environment, with discussion time and questions and answers for adult classes. For children, Sunday school includes a structured curriculum, visuals, songs, games, and sometimes crafts. This is a place where children can learn from trusted adult believers, where kids can make connections with other kids in a fun, safe environment, and where kids learn they are loved by God.
What do Sunday school teachers and helpers do?
- Sunday school teachers and helpers teach assigned curriculum and assist in crafts, songs, and games for kids.
A Sunday school teacher can expect to serve each week for a semester, either in the fall/winter or in the summer/spring.