Each week Oasis serves over 450 kids, helping them learn about God’s love for them, and helping them discover His wonderful plan for their lives. The ministry is looking for volunteers to serve in classrooms, lead music or skits, and help with administrative work for the coming year, starting in June.
Oasis Director Jeff Risley says it’s not only a fun role, but it’s also spiritually significant work
, sometimes giving the volunteers the opportunity to be the first to tell a child about God. And the volunteers also demonstrate God’s character and attributes. “They show kids that God is not some passive kill-joy who wants to ruin their fun, but a loving father who wants to enable them to have the best life possible
Jeff says it takes over 400 volunteers to cover the roles across all Xenos locations, and each year need about 100 new workers to fill in for current volunteers who move to other ministries or take a year off.
Jeff says these volunteers not only serve the kids, but also serve their parents, making Central Teachings a welcoming place for families, and giving mom and dad a chance to focus on the teaching.
And he says serving in this role benefits the volunteers—they can learn to teach, lead small groups, and work on a team. “Oasis is a great training ground. As people grow in their primary ministry in their home groups, Oasis can supplement that growth by giving extra chances to serve, teach, and provide an avenue for loving service.”
If you’re considering it, you need to be an active home group member. Jeff says they like for people to be able to make an every-other week commitment, so they can better build relationships with the kids, but that they do allow for service once per month or every week if needed.
You can learn more about volunteering at xenos.org/oasis and you can fill out an application by clicking volunteer on that page.