We don't have very
many volunteers in our children's ministry right now, so I came up
with the following idea to try and recruit volunteers while making
the present ones feel appreciated.
Each month I have scheduled a Super
Saturday event for the kids (usually the last Saturday of the
month). On the same Saturdays, I have planned what I call APT
Meetings for our volunteers. Super Saturday always starts at 11AM
and includes lunch, and APT always starts at 6PM and includes
The name 'APT' stands for 'Appreciation
Plus Training' and the word 'apt' means relevant or appropriate,
so it's an 'apt' name :o)
For each month, I have come up with a
theme for the dinner and a training topic. We will start with
dinner (I will decorate nicely and have soft music playing), then
move to fellowship for a few minutes, then to 'sign-up for
service' (I'll discuss current needs and ask for volunteers), then
to the training, which will be an informal discussion of ideas and
brainstorming, for the most part. For now, I will be providing the
training, but I hope to have special guest speakers coming in
within a few months as our numbers increase!
For a complete schedule of Super
Saturday Events and APT Meetings with monthly topics and themes,
read Angela's full "APT for Volunteers" article in the CMVault!