The Ministry Of An Hour Here And An Hour There
Choosing to worship in buildings, congregations also choose the upkeep and maintenance that buildings require. They do not do much upkeep. Church building maintenance is typically accomplished by volunteers who contribute an hour here and an hour there.
The phrase "The Ministry of an Hour Here and an Hour There" is in use. Accustomed to work places and public spaces that are professionally maintained, we are unaccustomed to the necessity of volunteer upkeep of church buildings. Me and not them is the subject of this article. What can you do around the building in an hour here or an hour there?
Fussing at the Liberty Church of Christ is impossible. Too many of us do too much. Perhaps these examples of service will encourage you to add your hour of upkeep here and there.
- Walden David does a tremendous job with yard maintenance.
- Wayne Noonkester also helps with the yard (Wayne, and others, also conduct out Food Bank, but this article is primarily about spending an hour here or an hour there on building upkeep and maintenance).
- Chris Young contributed several hours to painting outside doors.
- David Warren and Kelly McCain recently spent several hours here and there working around the baptistery and on the projector screen.
- Several others spend many hours here and there on upkeep and maintenance but do not want the attention.
Three factors combine in favor of an hour here and an hour there; (i) necessity, (ii) economy, and (iii) Christian service. The necessity of an hour here and an hour there is obvious. What would your home look life, for example, if you never did any upkeep? The same is true for every facility. Maintenance is required.
Equally obvious is the economy of an hour here and an hour there. Can you imagine the cost of calling a professional for every this or that needed around a church building? We could easily quadruple or building maintenance budget and still be far short of all that can be taken care of in an hour here and an hour there. It is absolutely true that churches financially depend on volunteers.
Obvious areas of Christian service are teaching Bible classes and evangelistic Bible studies, benevolence, and care for those who are suffering. While necessary, these are not sufficient. Choosing to worship in buildings, congregations also choose the upkeep and maintenance that buildings require. Many who are not quite ready to jump into the deep end of the Christian service pool can wade in slowly with an hour here and an hour there.
Here are some things that can be accomplished by your volunteer time.
- Check and replace light bulbs in the main building.
- Consult (don't necessarily do all the work yourself) on the hedges: what do they need?
- Do the detail cleaning in our FLC kitchen that is typically not part of regular custodial care.
- Check and replace light bulbs in the FLC.
- Do the detail cleaning in the kitchen in the main building that is typically not part of regular custodial care.
- Replace room numbers on our classrooms (at some time in the past, the room numbers were removed and were never replaced).
- Ask Shannon Smith (who recently spent an hour her and an hour there changing out toilet seats, and who is primarily responsible for the building). He can let you take a look at his list of things to do.
- Ask Barb. She can also give you a list of some things that take and hour here and an hour there.
- Ask one of our elders. They can also make sure that you have everything you need to make your volunteering successful.