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Lanolin

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What jobs do you do in church?
Just wondering. Are you rostered to do any or is your church everyone pitches in whenever. What is your favourite job to do and which one would you rather not?
 

Dino246

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Jobs? Like volunteer roles? I serve on a music team that leads every second week, and for the last three school years, I have facilitated a music team for the junior youth. Sometimes I'll help with specific projects. How about you, Lanolin?
 
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What jobs do you do in church?
Just wondering. Are you rostered to do any or is your church everyone pitches in whenever. What is your favorite job to do and which one would you rather not?

I have moved around a bit in my 63 years, most of which I was very active in church ministry. I grew up in a Baptist church in Michigan. In the late 70's and throughout the 80's I taught children's Sun. School, Jr. High youth group, various ages in Pioneer Club, and sang in the choir, in that same church. Also in the 80's and 90's my husband and I had a ministry that included magic, puppets, chalk art, and clowning. In the early 90's I was employed by a UMC in Ohio as Youth Minister, for about 3 years. For the remainder of the 90's, about 5 years, my husband was a UMC Pastor also in OH, making me the Pastor's wife where I led a youth group, led a children's choir, and taught a ladies Bible study group. In 1999 we divorced (his choosing). I remarried in 2000 and the 2 of us taught a Pioneer group. In 2002 we moved to Maine, I ended up working most Sundays for several years so we never settled in or served in a church. I did work with mental health clients, and later with families of domestic violence. He passed away in 2017 and I returned to MI, but not an area I knew. I found a church to attend regularly, but as of yet I have not joined. I do help out with their activities. I have been struggling physically, mentally, financially, etc. since his passing and am hesitant to make any commitments. I loved our family ministry and we served in 9 states and 10 denominations. I also enjoyed working with teenagers, but they are so different now, and with my physical issues, I don't think I could handle it.
 

melita916

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Currently the violin player for the music team and the back up vocals for the back up vocals lol.
 

Lanolin

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Sorry what is UMC?

As for me...
Library, bibles in schools, church gardens, community meals.

Other projects involved in contributing to include samaritans purse and prison ministry with the angel tree but just when they need helpers.

My favourite role is getting people into reading the Bible, I helped and taught in public schools and now do full time librarian role in public schools, but library work is outside of that to, I produced a books radio program and now do community gardening too and produce a radio broadcast

My favourite roles are the ones God calls me to do..my least favourite is when Im roped in to do something just cos there arent enough people lol. I dont mind ushering, but Im terrible at counting money or tithes..or babysitting lol. I did flowers for a whole year for the church (rostered) and while I enjoyed that for while it got hard because that church refused to allow much of a flower garden. Well flowers are pretty expensive to buy we could have grown our own. So i stopped eith that commitment if they want you to do something I would rather have full support that half hearted support or have to fight church boards to get things going.
 

Lanolin

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I would love to go to a church that had a choir but many dont have one they just have a band. I have guitar but am no musician an you wont ever find me up front. I can sing along with everyone else but in many churches you just havea few singers on microphones its not really a choir like they dont make any distinction between altos, sopranos and tenors. Its just like ordinary secular music rock band with religous twist. i cant get into that.
 
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Sorry what is UMC?

As for me...
Library, bibles in schools, church gardens, community meals.

Other projects involved in contributing to include samaritans purse and prison ministry with the angel tree but just when they need helpers.

My favourite role is getting people into reading the Bible, I helped and taught in public schools and now do full time librarian role in public schools, but library work is outside of that to, I produced a books radio program and now do community gardening too and produce a radio broadcast

My favourite roles are the ones God calls me to do..my least favourite is when Im roped in to do something just cos there arent enough people lol. I dont mind ushering, but Im terrible at counting money or tithes..or babysitting lol. I did flowers for a whole year for the church (rostered) and while I enjoyed that for while it got hard because that church refused to allow much of a flower garden. Well flowers are pretty expensive to buy we could have grown our own. So i stopped eith that commitment if they want you to do something I would rather have full support that half hearted support or have to fight church boards to get things going.

UMC = United Methodist Church
 

Lynx

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I do stuff around the church.

I would go into detail, but whenever I list the stuff I do at church, I can't shake the feeling I'm bragging. So I don't do that much anymore.
 

Lanolin

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Its not bragging its just saying what you do.

Its not like saying well I SAVE PEOPLE FROM HELL cos only Jesus does that ...!
 

Lanolin

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What kind of stuff. When people say 'i just do stuff' its not really helpful. Cos what if someone actually wants to help you do stuff? How can they know how to help if all you say is 'I do stuff'. Or someone might want to do something that the church doesnt yet do.
 

Lanolin

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Currently the violin player for the music team and the back up vocals for the back up vocals lol.
Wow cool. Never heard a church violinist. Most of the churches I been to have guitars and drums and keyboards but not violinists, although one time went to one that had a celllist. Ive also yet to hear a harp being played in church I hold out hope.

To get the full orchestra, you need to go somehwere like the cathedral.
 

Lanolin

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I have moved around a bit in my 63 years, most of which I was very active in church ministry. I grew up in a Baptist church in Michigan. In the late 70's and throughout the 80's I taught children's Sun. School, Jr. High youth group, various ages in Pioneer Club, and sang in the choir, in that same church. Also in the 80's and 90's my husband and I had a ministry that included magic, puppets, chalk art, and clowning. In the early 90's I was employed by a UMC in Ohio as Youth Minister, for about 3 years. For the remainder of the 90's, about 5 years, my husband was a UMC Pastor also in OH, making me the Pastor's wife where I led a youth group, led a children's choir, and taught a ladies Bible study group. In 1999 we divorced (his choosing). I remarried in 2000 and the 2 of us taught a Pioneer group. In 2002 we moved to Maine, I ended up working most Sundays for several years so we never settled in or served in a church. I did work with mental health clients, and later with families of domestic violence. He passed away in 2017 and I returned to MI, but not an area I knew. I found a church to attend regularly, but as of yet I have not joined. I do help out with their activities. I have been struggling physically, mentally, financially, etc. since his passing and am hesitant to make any commitments. I loved our family ministry and we served in 9 states and 10 denominations. I also enjoyed working with teenagers, but they are so different now, and with my physical issues, I don't think I could handle it.
What do you finds changed with teenagers. Are they more aggressive or lonely or anxious or what? I think with millenials growing up digital natives, their attention spans are shorter. You think tv was bad influence back when it began now internet and video games is more far reaching, and with smartphones everything is literally at your fingertips.
 

Lynx

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What kind of stuff. When people say 'i just do stuff' its not really helpful. Cos what if someone actually wants to help you do stuff? How can they know how to help if all you say is 'I do stuff'. Or someone might want to do something that the church doesnt yet do.
Every time I answer one of your questions, you complain... The best thing I can think of to do is just stop answering your questions.
 

kaylagrl

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What kind of stuff. When people say 'i just do stuff' its not really helpful. Cos what if someone actually wants to help you do stuff? How can they know how to help if all you say is 'I do stuff'. Or someone might want to do something that the church doesnt yet do.
I think he gave a clear reason why he didn't want to get into what he does. I do whatever is needed and help where I can. We attend a small country church so there isn't a lot of call for needing to help with a lot. I attended bigger churches but I was away in ministry for most of the year so couldn't be involved so much with the church.
 

Lanolin

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I think he gave a clear reason why he didn't want to get into what he does. I do whatever is needed and help where I can. We attend a small country church so there isn't a lot of call for needing to help with a lot. I attended bigger churches but I was away in ministry for most of the year so couldn't be involved so much with the church.
I think he just cant answer anything. But thats ok am not interested in people who cant answer a simple question and then complain they have to answer it, well you dont have to answer if you dont even really know or explain what you do.

I find with smaller churches they sometimes need HEAPS more help than the bigger ones because there is less people to do the jobs that need to be done.
 

Lanolin

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I like helping with morning tea but not if Im needed to do ten other things as well. One job at a time! I think some churches dont understand this we are not all Martha types.
 

Lanolin

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Every time I answer one of your questions, you complain... The best thing I can think of to do is just stop answering your questions.
Good dont.
 

Lanolin

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One church I attend has the best scones ever with cream and jam every single week. One person makes them all the time.they dont have anything else for morning tea its not potluck like other churches. I reckon if you are called to do something do one thing really well then ten things half heartedly.
 
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What do you finds changed with teenagers. Are they more aggressive or lonely or anxious or what? I think with millenials growing up digital natives, their attention spans are shorter. You think tv was bad influence back when it began now internet and video games is more far reaching, and with smartphones everything is literally at your fingertips.

I find teens to be disinterested. They think all the fun silly games we used to do are stupid and for kids. They don't listen well for lessons, everything is boring. They won't sing.....we used to sing all the time. Many parents are not strict with discipline, manners, behaviors, etc. so the teens are not well behaved, hard to get control in a group.
 

Lanolin

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I find teens to be disinterested. They think all the fun silly games we used to do are stupid and for kids. They don't listen well for lessons, everything is boring. They won't sing.....we used to sing all the time. Many parents are not strict with discipline, manners, behaviors, etc. so the teens are not well behaved, hard to get control in a group.
I have this one class the oldest now year 6 and the worst behaved, the teacher has given up trying, not strict at all something really changes when they grow older I agree. But I cant compare that to how teens were years ago.
High schools was actually quite boring for me, it wasnt fun. I think teens need challenges and to stretch a bit, not coast along. Have some achievable goals otherwise its a long and hard road ahead. Teens tend to want to do things more as individuals than as a group. I dont know it is kinda hard and then theres all the confusion and hormones raging. They want to be independent but yet arent mature enough to handle all the responsibilty. They just testing out their wings i guess.