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Connecting Streams’ Volunteer Ministries

Volunteers join ministry teams that go to institutions such as prisons, long-term care centres, emergency shelters and addiction residences. Trained team leaders work together with their team members to create ministry sessions that are led by the Holy Spirit and resonate with their ministry audience. Because of this, the format of ministry sessions vary from team to team, but common denominators are:
  • each team’s ministry is centred around the sharing of a biblical message and discussion, and prayer
  • sometimes video or music is used to complement
  • usually there is time for visiting and conversation
No. You do not need to be a skilled group leader. You do not need to have musical skills. You do not need to have all the answers.
  • You may be thinking, “I have never shared the gospel with anyone”, “I want to do this, but I am terrified”, or “I don’t think I have anything to offer.” That’s okay.
  • If you want to obey Jesus by “loving the Lord your God, and loving your neighbour” then there is a place for you to volunteer with Connecting Streams.
  • Our volunteers go in teams, so you are never on your own.
  • We provide ongoing support, prayer, and training to help equip you.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years old, with the exception of the Young Offenders’ Center where they must be 21
  • Consistent (typically weekly) commitment to a team is emphasized in order to best serve those to whom we minister, as well as the other team members

 

“Anything you did for one of the least important of these… you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 (NIRV)

Steps to Volunteer

Get Started in your Volunteer Ministry

1. APPLY
2. INTERVIEW
3. POLICE CHECK
4. GO

We are excited that you want to follow Jesus’ teaching and come alongside society’s marginalized through Connecting Streams!

Our teams purposefully present the gospel of Jesus, love those we encounter, and initiate and cultivate discipleship relationships.
Follow the steps below to get started volunteering.

1. APPLY

APPLY

Click the 'APPLY NOW' button to complete your online volunteer application

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions along the way, contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your area who will be happy to walk you through this process.

Barrhead, AB

Edmonton and area, AB

Swift Current, AB

Fraser Valley, BC

Ottawa, ON

The application form includes our:

 Statement of Faith

Vision/Mission Statement & Core Values

Code of Conduct

Abuse Prevention Policy

Covenant of Care

APPLY NOW
1. APPLY
2. INTERVIEW
3. POLICE CHECK
4. GO

2. INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW

Meet with our Volunteer Coordinator

Don’t let the word “interview” scare you!

This is an opportunity for you to sit down with a Volunteer Coordinator in your area, learn about Connecting Streams, ask questions,  and talk about your passions, your gifts, and the ministry opportunities available to you.

After you APPLY ONLINE the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange a time to meet. Look over the ministry opportunities available in your area before your meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator.

You may have an opportunity to meet with your Team Leader before getting officially started to ensure you have the right fit, and will be able to commit to regular participation.

VIEW OPPORTUNITIES
1. APPLY
2. INTERVIEW
3. POLICE CHECK
4. GO

3. POLICE CHECK

POLICE CHECK

Clearance is required for most ministry areas

Our Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with a letter indicating that you are volunteering with Connecting Streams. This letter may exempt you from paying the full fee for the check.

You are responsible for renewing your police records check every 3 years.

A routine Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Section Check (also known as a Criminal Record/Security Clearance Check, or a Police Information Check) is required for most Connecting Streams’ volunteers.

Additional security clearance is required for some facilities. Our Volunteer Coordinator will ensure that you are aware of what is needed.

1. APPLY
2. INTERVIEW
3. POLICE CHECK
4. GO

4. GO

GO

Let the Adventure Begin!

Isaiah 58: 10, 11

If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Volunteering on a Connecting Streams’ ministry team requires a weekly commitment, from Sep through Jun. If you plan to be away, let your Team Leader know in advance so he or she can ensure there are the minimum number of people available for that week’s  ministry.

As a volunteer, you will receive weekly TAKE2 (minutes) for TRAINING videos.

We look forward to meeting you face-to-face at Training sessions.

We are delighted to have you follow God’s leading and GO!

ONLINE TRAINING
1. APPLY
2. INTERVIEW
3. POLICE CHECK
4. GO

FRASER VALLEY, BC

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Men or Women Volunteers


Location:  Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, BC

Description:  The small group leaders and leadership team are all a product of recovery and a part of the Christ centred 12 Step program.


Team Leader:  Linda Driediger, Connecting Streams’ staff

Time:  Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  (52 wks/yr)

What to expect:  The group is 70 – 80 people chapel style for the first hour, then refreshments are served and people go into groups of eight, gender-specific and issue-specific small groups for discussion.

Current Volunteer Needs:  women volunteers for the refreshment team

The refreshment team works two weeks on and four weeks off.  They arrive at 6 pm to prepare refreshments, serve them and clean up.

Women only Volunteers


Description:   This group is designed for easy access for residents of downtown Langley, and especially of the Lions Senior Citizens’ Housing Society complex.


Team Leader:  Anna

Time:  Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

What to expect:  Small group Bible study with focus on discipleship for new Christians

Current Volunteer Needs:  one or two more volunteer team members

Complete your online application form today to volunteer in the Fraser Valley

BARRHEAD, AB

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Women only Volunteers


Description:   W2W offers support for widows at all stages of their journey. With a sensitivity to those who may have little, or no faith, W2W volunteers come alongside widows for support, healthy socializing, and an introduction to the love and care of God through Jesus.


National Leader:  Mary Lou

Currently available in the following locations:

  1. Sherwood Park (Leader: Rose Ann)
  2. South Edmonton
  3. Leduc
  4. Barrhead
  5.  Swift Current – SK

What to expect:

  • weekly small groups are available based on interest
    • e.g., Bible study, book club, bowling, etc.
  • monthly gatherings in each area include a feature speaker
  • an annual weekend retreat in the Edmonton area

Current Volunteer Needs:

Complete your online application form today to volunteer in Barrhead

EDMONTON and Area, AB

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Men or Women Volunteers

your home is your office

Description:  As Connecting Streams grows, so does the need for some of our staff team to have administrative help in place. These volunteer positions vary and may include one-time or ongoing project work, regular weekly tasks, or regular flexible-time tasks.


Positions Currently Available

 Title:  Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Staff member requiring assistance:  MargaretVolunteer Coordinator

Time:  5 to 10 hours per week, flexible (some weekday availability an asset)

Position:  

  • We are in need of someone with a strong commitment to the Vision and Mission of Connecting Streams to assist our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator.
  • This person will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator in the screening and placement process of new volunteers for the Edmonton area.
  • This position is well-suited to someone who:
    • has good oral and written communication skills,
    • has administrative and computer skills,
    • enjoys meeting new people,
    • has the ability to maintain confidentiality, and
    • is reliable and responsible.
12 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, AB  T8H 1V3

Description:  This group ministers to residents of a long term care facility who have Alzheimer’s disease, by facilitating a hymn sing.


Team Leader:  Betty M.

Time:  Thursdays  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

What to expect:  Entering through secured access doors is a stark reminder of the difficult decisions that family members often have to make when someone suffers from dementia.  Music has power – especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  This team meets in a common area and leads the group in familiar hymns, ministering not only to this oft-overlooked segment of society, but also indirectly to the staff and family members.

Current Volunteer Needs:  This team is always open to new volunteers. No specific skills are required beyond a love for Jesus, patience, and a caring heart and manner toward those who no longer have control over their minds. 

18415-127 Street,  Edmonton  AB  T6V 1B1

Description:  The Edmonton Remand Centre is a provincial correctional facility. Teams minister to groups of men using a variety of formats.


Team Leader:  Jamal

Time:  Tuesdays  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

18621-127 Street, Edmonton AB T6V 1B1

Description:  The EYOC is a correctional facility for teen boys and teen girls. 


Group 1:  Athabasca – ages 13-18

Team Leader:  Ava-Jo

Time:  Mondays  6:10 – 7:00 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 2:  Sunwapta/Meander – ages 15-19

Time:  Thursdays   7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Team Leader:  Deb

What to expect:  Those who attend this group have been chosen by the EYOC chaplain as boys he believes will have a willingness to hear the material presented. The team uses various resources to explain faith in Jesus, including Youth Alpha.  Some of the boys attend full sessions. Some are released after a few weeks’ attendance.

Current Volunteer Needs:  Currently, there are 3 members on this volunteer team. With a minimum of two volunteers required each week, they would benefit from another volunteer in the event of illness, etc.

7802 – 101 Street  |   Ft Sask AB  T8L 2P3

Description:  This is a provincial correctional centre for men and women.


Group 1

Team Leader:  Jamal & Danny

Time:  Thursdays  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 2

Time:  Fridays   6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Team Leader:  Al

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

 9649 – 71 Avenue, Edmonton  AB  T6L 7A4

Description:  Residents of all ages in long term care deal with a variety of health challenges and spiritual needs


Group 1: Praise & Worship

Team Leaders:  Carrielynn & Orlow

Time:  Sundays  9:30 – noon

What to expect:  

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 2:  Bible Study group

Time:  Wednesdays   3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Team Leader:  Orlow

What to expect: 

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 3:  Men’s Monthly Meetings

Time:  3rd Wednesdays **needs time

Team Leader:  Orlow

101 Youville Drive East,  Edmonton  AB  T6L 7A4

Description:  Residents of all ages in long term care deal with a variety of health challenges and spiritual needs.


Group 1:  Discipleship

Team Leaders:  Carrielynn & Orlow

Time:  Sundays  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 2:  Praise/Worship/Sharing the Gospel

Team Leaders:  Carrielynn & Orlow

Time:  Sundays   6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 3:  Bible Study / Discipleship

Team Leaders:  Orlow

Time:  Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Description:  This team prepares food and beverages (and decorations where applicable) for events


Team Leader:  Marian

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

*note: If we include this here, it should be included on the Vol Appl form


Description:  Prayer is foundational and key to the work of Connecting Streams.  This team prays for the volunteers, those to whom we minister, the staff, and the overall work of the ministry of Connecting Streams.


What to expect:

Intercessors receive weekly email updates on the work that is happening in the different areas of ministry, so they can pray more effectively.

Intercessors are encouraged to:

  • choose the areas of the ministry which they can commit to praying for consistently;
  • attend two Days of Prayer each year with the staff team; and
  • attend two Volunteer Training Workshops (Oct & Mar)
    • a Prayer Room is included as part of this day for the support and encouragement of the volunteers working on the front lines
    • two workshop options are included for volunteers, and while we encourage Intercessors to sign up for the Prayer Room for one of the workshops, you are also welcome to choose a training workshop for your own development for one of the sessions
homes – like yours!

Description:  Welcome Home provides several options for followers of Jesus to come alongside and befriend newcomers to Canada. Teams meet in homes to help newcomers adjust to Canada, improve their English, and learn about Jesus. 


MONTHLY NEWCOMER POTLUCKS

Leader:  Phil Taylor (staff director, Welcome Home)

Time:  4th Fridays of the month; Sep through Jun

Location:  Calvary Community Church, 8704 Millwoods Road NW,   Edmonton AB  T6K 3J3

What to expect:  A great place to start. Invite a newcomer to join you at this friendly event.

Current Volunteer Needs:  Each round table of guests has one or two CS volunteers who make newcomers feel welcome, encourage conversation, and facilitate a scripture reading and conversation questions.


WELCOME HOME ENGLISH teams

Currently available:

  1. West End
    • Team Leaders: Norma & Brian
    • Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  
    • Beginner level English
    • this group works with an Arabic translator
  2. Southside  
    • Team Leaders: Julie & Brian
    • Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  
    • Low intermediate level English

What to expect:  

  • short talk from the Bible focused on Jesus
  • shared life updates; prayer
  • activity based English lesson

Current Volunteer Needs:  At this time, these two WHE groups have sufficient volunteers, but new volunteers are always welcome to come and learn in preparation for the start of new groups.


LIFE GROUPS

Currently available:

  1. Millwoods
    • Team Leaders:  Lorraine & Phil
    • Tuesdays 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  

What to expect: 

  • 6:00 p.m. Shared dinner (optional potluck)
  • 7:00 p.m. Teaching about Jesus, followed by discussion
  • Small group, or one-to-one English language conversation coaching during the discussion time for newcomers who want extra language help

Current Volunteer Needs:  This group has an immediate need for someone to take the English conversation portion. ESL teaching experience would be an asset, but is not a requirement. If you’ve always wanted to try teaching English, here’s your chance!  We’ll provide training and resources.


WELCOME HOME HOSPITALITY Teams

Currently available:

  1. Southside
    • Fridays: 1st & 3rd – potlucks
    • Fridays: 2nd – prayer & training

Team Leaders: Stella & Tony

Description:  Most newcomers have never been invited into a Canadian believer’s home. Team members invite newcomers to potlucks hosted in believer’s homes. Here newcomers experience the love of Jesus as teams serve them, talk and pray with them and share their life journeys. Training provided.

Women only Volunteers

The Dream Centre location is not disclosed to the general public. Our Volunteer Coordinator will provide it to interested applicants at the interview stage.

Description:  

This centre is a residential, faith-based long term addiction recovery facility for women and their children. Ministry teams lead Bible studies.


Team Leader:  tbc

Time:  tbc

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

11151 – 178 Street,  Edmonton, AB  T5S 2H9

Description:  EIFW is a federal prison with minimum, medium and maximum security for women. 


Team Leader:  

Time: Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

What to expect:  This team facilitates a discovery and growth group in a small group setting, in the Chapel in the Medium Security Unit.

Current Volunteer Needs:

7802 – 101 Street,  Ft Saskatchewan AB  T8L 2P3

Description:  This is a provincial correctional centre for men and women. 


Group 1

Team Leader:  Rhonda

Time:  Wednesdays  1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Group 2

Time:  Wednesdays   7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Team Leaders:  Cherie & Cathy

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

18621-127 Street, Edmonton AB T6V 1B1

Description:  The EYOC is a correctional facility for teen boys and teen girls.


Group:  Whitesands – ages 13-18

Team Leader:  

Time:  Tuesdays  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:


Description:   W2W offers support for widows at all stages of their journey. With a sensitivity to those who may have little, or no faith, W2W volunteers come alongside widows for support, healthy socializing, and an introduction to the love and care of God through Jesus.


National Leader:  Jane

Currently available in the following locations:

  1. Sherwood Park (Leader: Rose Ann)
  2. South Edmonton
  3. Leduc
  4. Barrhead
  5.  Swift Current – SK

What to expect:

  • weekly small groups are available based on interest
    • e.g., Bible study, book club, bowling, etc.
  • monthly gatherings in each area include a feature speaker
  • an annual weekend retreat in the Edmonton area

Current Volunteer Needs:

9611-101A Avenue, Edmonton AB T6V 1B1

Description:  WEAC offers Emergency Shelter (i.e., overnight accommodation) to women who have no permanent address.


Team Leader: 

Time:  Mondays  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

What to expect:  Worship through group singing and Bible study. Team members have the opportunity, if they so desire, to lead the singing and/or the study portion of the evening.

Current Volunteer Needs:  team members and leader needed

Men only Volunteers

9611 102 Ave NW,   Edmonton AB   T5H 0E5

Description:  downtown addictions recovery residence for men, operated by the Salvation Army


Team Leaders:  Allan, John, and Lowell

Time:  Wednesdays  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

What to expect:

Current Volunteer Needs:

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OTTAWA, ON

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IMMEDIATE NEEDS

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

5-10 hrs/wk

flexible

COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA

5-8 hrs/wk

flexible

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

5-10 hrs/wk

some weekday avail an asset

Men or Women Volunteers


Description:  As Connecting Streams grows, so does the need for some of our staff team to have administrative help in place. The duties for this volunteer position vary; may include regular flexible-time tasks.


Currently Available

 Title: Administrative Assistant

Time: 5 to 10 hours per week, flexible

Position:  

  • We are in need of someone with a strong commitment to the Vision and Mission of Connecting Streams to assist our Ottawa Volunteer Coordinator.
  • This person will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator in the screening and placement process of new volunteers for the Ottawa area.
  • This position is well-suited to someone who:
    • has good oral and written communication skills,
    • has administrative and computer skills,
    • has good organizational skills,
    • has the ability to maintain confidentiality, and
    • is reliable and responsible.

Description:  Staying connected through the various social media platforms plays an important role in the growth of the Connecting Streams Ministry.


Currently Available

Staff member requiring assistance:  Theresa Quann and tbd

Time: 5 to 8 hours per week, flexible

Position:  

  • We are in need of someone with a strong commitment to the Vision and Mission of Connecting Streams to assist our Ottawa City Leader and Volunteer Coordinator.  
  • This person will create ministry and volunteer e-newsletters using our TAKE2 videos and input from the Ottawa City Leader. Manage the CS Ottawa Facebook page and provide assistance with website content updates.
  • This position is well-suited to someone who:
    • has good oral and written communication skills,
    • has in-depth computer skills,
    • has good knowledge of the latest social media platforms,,
    • has the ability to implement tactics to strengthen awareness and messaging,
    • is detail-oriented, and
    • is reliable and responsible.

Description:  Prayer is foundational and key to the work of Connecting Streams.  This team prays for the volunteers, those to whom we minister, the staff, and the overall work of the ministry of Connecting Streams.


Staff member requiring assistance:  Deborah

Time:  3-5 hours per week, flexible

Position:  

We are in need of someone with a strong commitment to the Vision and Mission of Connecting Streams to assist our Ottawa Training and Leadership Development staff member.

This person will prepare and lead the on-line weekly prayer meetings, compile key points and circulate to all intercessors, and initiate monthly connection with each intercessor and provide encouragement and support.

This position is well-suited to someone who:

  • feels called to be an intercessor,
  • is Spirit-led and discerning, and
  • has great interpersonal skills.

Description:  As Connecting Streams Ottawa grows, so does the need to come alongside our regular volunteers to provide them support, encouragement and help them find the best fit for their giftings.


 Title:  Volunteer Coordinator

Time:  5 to 10 hours per week, flexible (some weekday availability an asset)

Position:  

We are in need of someone with a strong commitment to the Vision and Mission of Connecting Streams to assist our Ottawa Training and Leadership Development staff.

This person will work closely with volunteers, doing volunteer intake, represent and promote Connecting Streams at events, encourage volunteers to grow, and assist with training events.

This position is well-suited to someone who:

  • has good written and communication skills,
  • has good organizational skills,
  • has interpersonal skills, and
  • is energetic, reliable and responsible.

Description: This group ministers to immigrants, refugees and newcomers to Ottawa by teaching English as a second language. Our aim is to build relationship while helping them learn English.


Team Leaders:    Deborah and Theresa

Time:  evenings

What to expect:  These teams will meet downtown, one evening a week from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Each evening includes:

  • an activity-based English lesson,
  • conversational practice, and
  • short talks about Jesus to encourage newcomers as they seek to integrate into society.

We can provide training and resources for the English lessons.

Current Volunteer Needs:

  • team leaders
  • weekly volunteers

Location:  395 Somerset Street West, Ottawa


Description: This group ministers to seniors in city-operated apartments. It is a fun and safe place to meet new friends, enjoy food, share stories and ask spiritual questions.


Team Leaders:    Deborah and Theresa

Time:  Mondays  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

What to expect:  Volunteers who can look after the set up and take down of the chairs, etc., and bring snacks. Volunteers meet, greet, and interact with the residents.

Current Volunteer Needs:

  • two team leaders
  • weekly volunteers

Location:  60 Cambridge Street North, Ottawa


Description:  This group ministers to adults with complex care needs who deal with a variety of health challenges and spiritual needs.


Team Leaders:   Deborah and Theresa

Time:   Saturdays  12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

What to expect:   Set up and tear down of room, porter patients to the fifth floor and back, worship and singing, biblical teaching and encouragement. After the event, time for the team to debrief and learn from one another.

Current Volunteer Needs: 

  • lead vocalist and musician
  • porters to bring residents to and from the service
  • volunteers to encourage, welcome, and help patients know they are loved and cared for; to pray with patients as requested

This team always has room for committed, regular volunteers who are looking for a practical way to demonstrate the love and care of Jesus. Ongoing, on-site mentoring/coaching provided.

Location:  60 Cambridge Street North, Ottawa


Description:  This group ministers to adults with complex care needs who deal with a variety of health challenges and spiritual needs.


Team Leaders:  Deborah and Theresa

Time:  tbd – weekly for 1.5 hrs

What to expect:  

Open in prayer as a team; volunteers visit in pairs those patients who have very little or no visitors. These patients will be assigned by the team leader. Visitations will be in the patient’s room and will last from 5 to 15 minutes. The purpose is to show them compassion and love.

Current Volunteer Needs:   

  • team leaders
  • volunteers to encourage, welcome, and help patients know they are loved and cared for and pray with patients as requested

This team always has room for committed, regular volunteers who are looking for a practical way to demonstrate the love and care of Jesus by their actions without proselytizing.

Ongoing, on-site mentoring/coaching provided.

What Do Ottawa Volunteers Say?

Charlotte

Theresa

Samuel

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