Host A Volunteer Sunday

We've come up with a bunch of ideas to host a volunteer sunday in your setting. Feel free to adapt these or be creative and come up with your own ideas to throw a unique event. We're encouraging you to honour your youth and children's ministry volunteers, and our ideas reflect that, but you may want to include other volunteers from your corps or centre as well. Get creative and have a great time making a fuss over your volunteers!

  • Schedule a date in the calendar at the beginning of the year for a ‘Volunteer Sunday’
  • Hold your volunteer Sunday on the same day as the YP or family service to honour those serving in youth and children’s ministry
  • Invite your volunteers with a personalised invitation
  • Make it a special event – you could have a special morning tea following the service with cake, cheese and crackers or strawberries and ice cream
  • Gift your volunteers a free coffee voucher (at your corps or a cafe)
  • During the service, invite all the volunteers to stand or come up the front
  • Get your kids and youth to help present cards, small gifts or goody bags to each of the volunteers who help in youth and children’s ministry. (These could include gift cards, pre-paid coffee vouchers, chocolate or flowers)
  • Tell the congregation about the things the volunteers do to serve
  • Get a volunteer or two to share their stories and why they love (we hope!) working with young people. This could be interview style or people sharing in other ways!
  • Pray for your volunteers
  • Have a photo/video presentation of some of the things you’ve got up to over the year
  • Have a VIP area set up with couches or decorated seating for your volunteers to sit on during the service
  • Get the leadership team or the young people to serve the volunteers morning tea at the end of the service
  • Hold a pre-service breakfast for the volunteers and get young people involved with serving the volunteers
  • Have a photo-booth area with silly props to use and take some fun photos after the service
  • Have a theme for the Sunday and make it a celebration!