Orientation for those interested in volunteering takes place the first Tuesday of every month at 5 pm in Classroom 1 and first Wednesday of every month at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary. If you would like, you can go ahead and fill out a Companion Application and bring it with you when you come.
At Haywood Street, we often use the work companion to describe our volunteers. The invitation to be a companion is a unique and transforming experience. It requires a new way of “seeing” those who gather here. The invitation begins and ends with the recognition that each person is a child of God – each with gifts and each with needs. This is a not a ministry where “the haves” help “the have nots”. We are ministry that acknowledges each of us as privileged and each of us as being in need. While some come with hunger from the body others come with a hunger in their souls.
As we stumble to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we find his life and his teachings call us to accompany one another. Most of Jesus’ ministry was gathering with folks at table, sharing bread and story. Haywood Street strives to follow this model. You will find homeless folks preparing and serving the meal. You will discover folks in 3 piece suits and hospital scrubs coming only to eat. It turns the notion that the homeless are helpless and the housed are the saviors on its head.
Getting involved at Haywood Street requires stepping out of your comfort zone. If you are accustomed to only serving others, you’ll be invited to be served. If your gifts have been overlooked or dismissed, you’ll be put to work. It’s a joyful and often chaotic ministry. One that requires openness, vulnerability, flexibility, and last but not least, a good ‘ole sense of humor. You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.
Opportunities-for-involvement – There are many ways to get involved at The Haywood Street Congregation! Click for a list and see how you would like to help and offer your gifts and talents.
We have an online calendar for scheduling, or you can contact Rev. Shannon Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-231-4169 to let her know where you would like to serve. We do ask that you attend a Companion Orientation before signing up.
The first step is to come and join us on a Wed. and bring the best gift anyone has to offer: your presence.
Another great way to get involved is to join a Journey Group.