I am working through the list of 50 Ways Your Church Can Bless Your Community Through Literacy. However, for the month of April – National Volunteer Month – I’m taking a side bar. That said, consider which of the 50 Ways would get very far without volunteers. Not many, if any. The list is volunteer driven. For example, I was going to blog today about #22: Celebrate educational achievement by recognizing graduates.
Suppose I were writing about that. About the importance of paying attention to those who have achieved the milestone of completing high school, college, or graduate school. What probably would have happened in some church, somewhere, would be that a lay person – a volunteer if you will – would have e-mailed a church staff member and said something like, “Why don’t we have special recognition for graduates this May?” or “I’d be happy to volunteer to help with the graduate recognition this year.” Likely, that person would have been turned loose to blow up balloons, make punch, or buy special Bibles for those graduating.
Imagine the good things that happened at the Red Oak Baptist Church in Longview when several churches joined to congratulate the graduates. Picture busy volunteers making good memories for grads and their families. Blessing young people and strengthening bonds in the community.
Perhaps you’ve already made a note to check with your church leadership about what’s going to happen this May in your church. It wouldn’t surprise me. That’s just what you do! So here at Literacy Connexus, we’re celebrating you this month. Thanks for volunteering! You are a blessing to your community.
PS Good news: The list of 50 Ways is now available in Spanish. Thank you, Texas Baptists. Just e-mail us and we’ll send it your way.