Did you know there are over 100 unique roles filled by volunteers each month? In this series, Cindy Ziemba will be sharing stories of some of our wide range of volunteers at Ward Church, all serving to lead generations to live and love like Jesus!
Gail Elliott enjoys people, but her daily work situation keeps her contacts limited. Serving in Guest Services as an usher is so enjoyable for her, that she goes above the norm and volunteers for two worship services on Sunday mornings.
What has been your serving history at Ward? I began attending Ward in 1971, but became part of the founding team for (daughter church) Grace Chapel. I attended Grace for 10 years and led the deacons there. When I returned to Ward, I was part of the deacon team, and helped serve communion, but then for quite some time was required to work on Sundays. My work situation changed, and since I was known from serving communion, some Guest Service friends occasionally asked me to help usher. From helping occasionally, I signed up to help consistently. When told that there was a need for help in both services, I volunteered to do both. I enjoy seeing people, greeting them, and I’m getting to know those who come in to my area consistently. I’ve been asked to be a team leader, and I’m a little nervous, but considering it. I want to do a good job.
Why would you encourage someone to volunteer at Ward? It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s a wonderful group of people you serve with, all of us focused on the same thing. It’s peaceful and without conflicts.
Our usher team usually serves one service hour, one Sunday per month, unless you enjoy it so much that you serve two services like Gail!
Visit ward.church/serve to review volunteer slots, or contact Ward’s Director of Volunteer Engagement, at email@example.com or visit Cindy at the Groups + Serving area in the main hall on Sunday mornings.