Thank you for putting your faith into action by participating in this Work Retreat with Good Works. We call this a Work Retreat because you are not just going to work while you are with us. You will also develop relationships with the Lord, the staff of Good Works, our friends in SE Ohio and the members of your group. Your investment of time, energy and kindness to help us serve our neighbors is an act of worship. That is why we call you a Worship Team!
The Team Member Welcome menu that you are on will provide you with information about worship, community, service and safety that will help us to serve together, shining our lights for the glory of God.
We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us. If you have other questions, you can ask your group leader or, you may also contact us at 740/594-3339 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are trying our best to prepare you for your visit, but it is not possible to cover every circumstance. We would like to hear from you any concerns you may have.
The tasks that you complete while you are with us are a great help to us. We could not do what we do without you! We hope that doing projects is not your only reason for coming. By far, the most significant impact on group members has come through the formation of a relationship with those you came to serve. Please come into this experience with the prayer, “What do You want me to learn while I am with Good Works? Teach me Your ways, O Lord.”
You will be visiting people who are elderly and disabled in our community, serving them in the care of their property. We encourage you to spend time with them and even sing a song to them (like Amazing Grace). “Putting a song in the heart of the widow” is something we can do as followers of Christ (See Job 29). Show respect to them by addressing these people by their last name, i.e. Mr. Jones or Mrs. Brown unless you have been given permission to do otherwise. “Lord, what kind of person do you need me to be as I serve older people or those with disabilities?”
You may also be involved with the children of our community supervising activities or serving a meal. You will be serving alongside some of our friends who are in challenging situations. And you may be spending time with our friends who are experiencing homelessness. “Lord, what do you want me to learn from these people and in what ways can we grow together?”
You will participate in several devotional times while you are with us, both formal and informal. Come to these times expecting to receive as well as planning to participate. “Lord, what do you want to say to me? What do you want to say through me?”
The most important thing we want you come away with is a vision for serving YOUR neighbors in need in YOUR community in Jesus’ name. Begin your time with Good Works by asking, “Lord, how can we make a difference in our community when we return home?”
The requested donations you bring are received by Good Works as offerings to God. These help us in the following ways:
- To pay for the year-round maintenance of the Good Works facilities and properties.
- To defray the expenses associated with your stay in the house (electricity, water, etc.).
- To help pay for the materials used on some of the projects on Good Works properties, or for the more expensive projects that cannot be funded by a single group.
- To provide a stipend to the interns who provide leadership for your group.
Thank you, Father, for the faithful provision you have made to this ministry through the willingness of our Worship Teams to give and to serve — to worship You. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
Note: Volunteers who are seeking to use their volunteer/internship experience with Good Works for some form of credit must make this known in writing prior to the volunteer/internship beginning. This includes, but is not limited to, service learning experiences, class credit, community service hours and scholarship contributions. We will not sign off on any of these experiences without prior approval from Good Works staff through writing and discussion. This includes all individual and group volunteer experiences with Good Works.
Please read the following in preparation for your time with us: