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Ministries of Grace

Christian Preschool

Grace Community Church Christian Preschool will teach preschool-age children valuable life skills in a Christ-centered environment to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond.
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MOPS International

MOPS stands for "mothers of preschoolers" - but don't let that confuse you! MOPS is about meeting the needs of moms - urban, suburban, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single and married moms and is for every mom, from conception through kindergarten.  The MOPS group meets one Friday of each month.

AWANA (Kids)

Awana provides weekly programs and special events that introduce children to Jesus Christ and build a biblical foundation for faith. A national survey found long-term Awana participation to be as important as all other church activities combined. Nearly 93 percent of our alumni who took part in Awana for six or more years still attend church as adults.  AWANA meets every Wednesday night at 6:00pm during the school year.

Grace Student Ministries

A ministry for students of Grace.

  • Lock-Ins
  • Monday Night Football
  • Missions
  • Flag Football
  • 5th Quarter
  • Youth Open Gym

Small Groups

Several small groups meet in various members homes at different times during the month.

Women's Bible Study

The women's bible study group meets Sunday evenings at 5:45pm or Wednesday mornings at 9:30am.

Ministry Leader(s)


Ministry Description

Terry Bowen

Judy Bowen


Awana provides weekly programs and special events that introduce children to Jesus Christ and build a biblical foundation for faith. Awana serves preschoolers through 6th grade focusing on scripture memorization and building relationships with kids and their parents in a way that encourages children to learn the Word of God at church and at home.

Volunteer positions: leaders, scripture memory verse listeners, secretary, game leaders, music leaders, mission team. Awana meets every Sunday night, 5:30-7pm, during the school year.

Bill Vassar

Angie Sanders

(Pre-K through 6th)

Sunday School - Preschool

If you love children this age, you can serve them through activity teaching that touches their little lives. Volunteer positions: teachers, helpers and substitutes. Sundays, 10:00 - 10:55am. Positions every week or every other week

Sunday School

Children Grades K-2

You can help these children learn all the familiar basic Bible stories that they will carry in their hearts forever! Volunteer positions: teachers, helpers and substitutes. Sundays, 10:00 - 10:55am. Positions for every week or every other week.

Sunday School

Children Grades 3-5

In grades 3-5, children start discovering how the great truths of the Bible apply in their lives today! Volunteer positions: teachers, helpers, and substitutes. Sundays, 10:00 - 10:55am. Positions for every week or every other week.

Sunday School

Children 6th Grade

In grade 6, children strengthen Bible knowledge and relationships as they prepare to move into Youth Ministry next year. Volunteer Positions: teachers, helpers and substitutes. Sundays, 10:00 – 10:55am. Positions for every week or every other week.

Sunday School – Adults

Dig into the Word of God in small groups to learn and apply. Examples of small groups are: parents with teenagers, parents with young children, women and adults.

Volunteer Positions: teachers and substitutes. Sundays, 10:00 – 10:55am. Positions for every week in various adult class groups.

Dave Schaufler

Welcome Desk

Greet people coming in and out for worship services on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Special focus on visually identifying guests who have not visited before and give them a warm welcome. Offer the guest brochure, church bulletin and encourage them to fill out the visitor card. Escort guests to classrooms and/or worship services, if needed. Point out the locations of restrooms and drinking fountains. Answer any questions and provide other assistance as needed.

Volunteer positions: Welcome Desk volunteer coordinator, Welcome Desk Hosts and Greeters.

Michael Alberts

Shuttle Bus

The shuttle bus is used for special events, such as Nehemiah Fest. Drivers need to have a current driver's license, must watch a safety video, and must be approved by the church's insurance company.

Volunteer positions: Special event drivers as needed.



As GCC receives visitor cards, we follow up with a home visit to thank them for coming and answer any questions they may have.

Volunteer positions: Volunteers interested in following up with new visitors. Can be on a rotational basis.

George Lakatos

Grace 101

Share information about Grace Community Church with people desiring to learn more about GCC or to join our church. Information includes specifics about our beliefs as well as church membership requirements.

Volunteer positions: Lunch planning, table setup and minimal cleanup approximately once every two months. Volunteers are also needed every two months to provide clerical help such as copying, folding and stapling packets.

Larry Richards

Fellowship for Eight

Come and share in a meal and fellowship to get to know one another even better! Great for introducing new members to existing members.

Volunteer positions: Fellowship for Eight Coordinator and participants. Generally, a group of three couples rotate hosting a meal in their homes, and invite one extra couple for a total of eight. Over the three evenings, this group gets to know each other better, and gets to know three new couples they may not know.

Pat Hubert

Jan Hubert

Grace 201: Equipping

Connect every member of the body of Christ in meaningful service according to their God-given design that will move them toward spiritual maturity.

Based on Ephesians 4, equip the people of GCC for serving, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Help people identify and/or affirm their gifts and abilities, and make them aware of the many opportunities where their gifts can be used to faithfully serve in meaningful ministries that glorify God.

Volunteer positions: Ministry leaders/coaches, assistants

Marjory Hartman

Women’s Bible Study

Strengthen our Bible knowledge and its application to women’s everyday life. Studies are often based on published DVD and workbook studies by respected Christian women such as Beth Moore and Pricilla Shirer. Sunday evenings 5:45 - 7p.m. or Wednesday mornings 9:30 - 11:00a.m. Childcare available Wed. mornings for a nominal fee.

Volunteer positions: The Women’s Bible Study coordinator chooses the next study material, sets the schedule, procures materials, sets-up DVD and discussion groups, collects fees and arranges childcare worker(s). Discussion leaders/facilitators.

Rick Frazier

Men’s Bible Study

Men getting together to encourage each other and hold each other accountable. This ministry is called Fight Club, emphasizing the responsibilities of manhood; men stepping up and fighting temptations and distractions of this life and focusing on God’s biblical design for them and their families. Spring and Fall studies, Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm.

Volunteer positions: facilitator, assistant, events planner.

Karen Canon

Delivered Meals of Encouragement

Make and deliver meals to families to encourage and support them during times of joy in the birth of a child or times of illness, surgery or special need.

Volunteer positions: Coordinator who alerts volunteers of the needs as they arrive and manages the schedule and volunteers who prepare meals in their home kitchens and deliver the meals to the family.

Cathy Vassar

Val Becker

Kitchen - Holiday and Special Event Meals

To join together in fellowship over a meal, and celebrate holidays, baptisms and special events.

Volunteer positions: Volunteers are needed to prepare, cook, and clean up.

SWERVE Meal Concession Stand

A concession stand venue requires minimal prep and minimal cleaning (e.g., hot dogs, chips, and drinks).

Volunteer positions: Volunteers needed to do a little set-up, cooking, cashiering, or cleaning. Can be on a rotational basis.

Shirley Webb

After-funeral Meals

Occasionally, families attending GCC need support in times of grief after a funeral service of a loved one.

Volunteer positions: Meal coordinator and volunteers to prepare a dish and deliver to GCC. Also volunteers to set-up chairs, tables and buffet, make drinks and clean-up. Can be relatively short notice.

Don Burgener

Prayer Team

A special prayer team at GCC focused on spreading God’s Word on the global mission field as well as other local prayer needs.

Volunteer positions: Adults of all ages with a heart for prayer and missions. Join the prayer team Sunday mornings 8:30-9:00am.

Deacon on Call


Paula Sue Green

Prayer Chain

This ministry uses the power of prayer to lift up specific needs to God. Includes immediate/emergency needs that are electronically communicated as well as other current needs communicated via the bulletin.

Volunteer positions: Prayer chain coordinator/communicators, prayer warriors committed to pray for people on the prayer list.

David Lin

Music – Worship Services

Psalm 33:3 says “Sing to the Lord a new song, play skillfully and shout for joy.” Worship team members lead the congregation in worship to the Lord through music and songs. Worship team members must be teachable, skilled musically and committed to developing and improving their gift through regular rehearsal and individual practice. Worship team members must be unified, committed, and lead worshippers of the GCC family.

Volunteer positions: See David Lin for more information.

Christian Family Day

One July Saturday per year, northland evangelical Christians gather together in the historic downtown shopping district of Smithville, MO for a day of Christian music, family activities, food and fellowship.

Volunteer positions: There are many, many ways to get involved before, during and after Christian Family Day, including preparation, scheduling, promotion, set-up, creating the GCC booth, serving during the event, clean-up, etc.

Nehemiah Fest

Three days in September at the Smith Fork Park at Smithville Lake, various bands and Christians from across the country gather to worship, encourage, and spread the gospel through music, camping and fellowship.

Volunteer positions: There are many, many ways to get involved before, during and after Nehemiah Fest, including preparation, scheduling, promotion, set-up, serving during the event, transportation, GCC booth, clean-up, etc.

Greg Green

Sound Technician

Provide A/V audio expertise to support the Sunday worship service and special events.

Volunteer positions: A sound technician operates the sound control console during regular worship services or special services or programs.

Ida Haggerty

Visual Media

Provide A/V visual expertise to support the Sunday worship service and special events.

Volunteer positions:

Coordinator manages the rotation schedule of volunteers and performs file maintenance.

Assemblers create the PowerPoint slides with input from the music leader and pastors. Flexibility to do this work from home.

Operators volunteer on a rotational basis and run the PowerPoint (or similar software) early on Sunday morning to practice with the band and during Sunday morning worship.

Jeff Hume


Help the teens of GCC know God, own their faith, and make God known by helping shepherd them in a pivotal time in their lives.

Volunteer positions: Sunday School substitutes, small group leaders, chaperones for trips, host homes, drivers, and much more.

Neil Sanders


Every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm, children ages 2 through 6th grade experience the wonders of God’s grace and receive lessons on how to show grace to others.

Volunteer positions: Music leaders, recreation leaders, pre-school and Bible study teachers, class assistants, A/V technician, preshow entertainment, craft leader.

Adventure Week

Help kids from ages 2 through 6th grade to learn about God’s plan for their lives in our summer week-long program for kids.

Volunteer positions: Preschool teachers, grade school assistants, crafts, recreation, registration, snacks, decorations and much much more.

Casey Ruzicka (AM)

Alisha Brown

Heather Wheeler (PM)


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a ministry for mothers of children from birth through kindergarten. It’s an open, accepting place for moms to experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope. There are two groups that meet monthly, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Volunteer Positions: Opportunities for moms that are members to serve on Steering Teams to plan and facilitate meetings. Steering Team includes:

Coordinator, Finance, Hospitality, Discussion Group Leaders, Creative Activities, MOPPETS, Publicity, Mentor & Service.

Volunteers needed for MOPPETS program (childcare); once a month, Sept – May. This can be a monthly commitment or on a rotational basis. Lesson and/or activities are prepared for volunteers.

Contact MOPS by email at

Delynna Siegel


MOMSnext is a ministry for mothers of school-age children. It’s an open, accepting place to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. The group generally meets once a month in the evening.

Volunteer positions: Opportunities for moms that are members to serve on Steering Teams to plan and facilitate meetings.

Volunteers needed for childcare: once or twice a month, September through May. This can be a monthly commitment or on a rotational basis.


Parents Night Out

Support parents of young children by providing a night out for them, while their children are being loved and entertained at GCC.

Volunteer positions: coordinator, recreation activities, childcare, crafts, snacks. Three times a year.

Nikole Cassidy

Childcare During Worship

Provide opportunities for young parents to grow in their relationship with God knowing their children are being loved and cared for by volunteers who are serving God by serving their family. Provide childcare during Sunday morning worship services. Ages cared for range from babies in the nursery to 5 years old. Age-appropriate mini-lessons are taught for some.

Volunteer positions:

  • The coordinator for this ministry creates a quarterly schedule of volunteers.
  • Check-in desk volunteers for check-in and check-out of children to/from their parents
  • Weekly preparation for the mini-lessons
  • Teachers and helpers

Neil Sanders

Transitions Class

Helps transition kindergarteners and 1st graders into full participants of our Sunday morning corporate worship service by teaching them the basics of church and worship during the Sunday morning worship portion.

Volunteer positions: Teachers and helpers for three consecutive times a year.

Marjory Hartman

Children’s Baptism Class

Twice a year, a series of classes are taught to children with an interest in baptism that explains the Bible foundations for baptism.

Volunteer positions: Teacher, helper

Don Burgener

Global Missions

Sharing the gospel around the world, with a specific strategic focus and relationship between GCC and the people of El Salvador.

Volunteer positions: Two times a year, a group of volunteers travel to El Salvador to share the gospel and demonstrate Christian service with hands-on mission work.

Nick Brown

Sandra Clarkson

Operation Christmas Child

Be a part of the Samaritan’s Purse ministry by providing shoeboxes of small gifts, supplies and the message of Jesus to children around the world.

Volunteer positions: Shoppers for bargains throughout the year. During Adventure Week in August, help by collecting, sorting and counting items for the shoeboxes. In November, prepare and participate in a shoebox packing party at GCC.



SWERVE is a church-wide, outreach focused, evening to show the love of Christ in our community. Every second Wednesday of the month.

Volunteer positions: SWERVE coordinator, assistants. Volunteers are needed the second Wednesday of the month for a variety of service projects in the community. A chance for everyone to serve.


Meet with people from our community who request assistance from the church to help them with financial, spiritual, and emotional needs.

Volunteer positions: Benevolence team - advisory, financial counseling and follow-up.

Summer Hoops Camp and League

Christ-centered program that teaches the fundamentals of basketball and shares the gospel through devotion. Coed program for 3rd through 8th graders. Includes a 2-day camp and open gym/league play all day each Wednesday during the summer.

Volunteer positions: Coordinator, coaches and assistants.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Good Friday outreach event to the local community that shows them what Easter is really about. Includes an Easter egg hunt, sharing the gospel and a breakfast-for-dinner meal.

Volunteer positions: Coordinator, helpers, cooks

Trunk or Treat

An outreach event offering an alternative way to have fun on Halloween in a safe environment. Held in the GCC parking lot, people decorate their vehicle trunks and share treats with children of community.

Volunteer positions: coordinator, participants

Nikole Cassidy

GCC Preschool

GCC Christian Preschool teaches preschool-age children valuable life skills in a Christ-centered environment to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond.

Volunteer positions: Help with drop-off times (8:30a.m. or 12:15p.m.) and stay for 30-45 minutes to read with the preschoolers (any day of the week). Be a special visitor associated with the “letter of the week”…for example, Dan Allen demonstrated his violin for the letter “V” week.

Gail Rodgers

Christmas Toy Store

Show God’s love for children and their families by sharing gifts, Bibles and the message of Jesus with parent(s) who need a little help at Christmas time.

Volunteer positions: Ministry coordinator. Shoppers that bargain hunt for gifts throughout the year. In October, we need volunteers to cut out and sew Christmas stockings. In early December, several hands and feet are needed for a 3-4 day period to set-up and run the Toy Store, including sorters, registration, shoppers, wrappers, exit helpers, someone to prepare coffee and cookies, and post-clean up and storage.

George Lakatos

Building Event Scheduler

We believe that our church facilities are a God-given gift to be shared with our community for approved activities.

Volunteer positions: Building event scheduler.

Chris Robinson

Nichelle Walters

Coffee Ministry

To provide a hospitable environment to encourage fellowship for our members and guests before Sunday school and worship services by providing a coffee bar.

Volunteer positions: Make coffee, set-up and clean-up.


Office Helpers

Support our pastors with extra clerical assistance. For example, coping, sorting, stapling, putting together crafts and preschool childcare lesson materials and other light clerical jobs.

Volunteer positions: Office helpers. Pastors are flexible regarding times.

Larry Richards


Provide a safe environment at GCC during Sunday school, worship services, Adventure Week and special events.

Volunteer positions: Door and hallway monitors.

Dale Rodgers

Offering Collection

Coordinate the collection of weekly tithes and offerings.

Volunteer positions: Offering collectors.

Tim Canon

GCC Website

Maintain a website specifically for GCC, to inform people about our beliefs, worship service times, various ministries, contact information, prior sermon messages, etc.

Volunteer positions: Webmaster, assistant to update the website.

Bill Becker

Jan Hubert

Financial Reporting

Provide an accurate accounting of God’s financial resources and how they are being used. Monthly reporting of GCC income and expenses compared to budget.

Volunteer positions: Prepare monthly reports; be familiar with basic accounting principles and willing to learn Excel, QuickBooks and Servant Keeper software.

Nichelle Walters

Paula Hylton

Facilities Team - Design

The Design Team meets several times throughout the year to enhance the beauty of our worship space and to highlight special Christian holidays.

Volunteer positions: Design team.

Lisa Frye

Facilities Team - Flowers

Provide flowers for Easter and Christmas to enhance the beauty of our worship space and to highlight these Christian holidays.

Volunteer positions:

Dave Hammons

Facilities Team-Landscape Installation and Care

Help design, plant and care for landscaped areas on the church grounds. Includes planting flowers in the spring and ensuring areas are trimmed, weed-free during the year, removing old plants and flowers during the fall.

Volunteer positions: landscapers (planters, trimmers).

Bill Vassar

Facilities Team-Snow Removal

Remove snow on parking lots and sidewalks as needed by shovel and/or blade to make our facilities safe and accessible for worship.

Volunteer positions: Snow shovelers before services to clean off sidewalks and spread snow melting agents if necessary.

Wendell Swenson

Facilities Team-Lawn Care

Help keep the grounds mowed and trimmed using church-owned lawn mower and weed-eaters.

Volunteer positions: mowers, trimmers.

Bill Becker

Facilities Team-Special Projects

Help as needed with special projects concerning the church building facilities.

Volunteer positions: “Handymen” welcome.

Facilities Team-Painting

Keep our church facilities looking good with painting as needed.

Volunteer positions: Painters with a passion for excellence in painting. Will need some expertise in preparing surface to be painted, painting neatly and follow through with clean up.

Facilities Team-Ongoing Specific Care & Detail Cleaning

There are various areas and items in the facility that need specialized cleaning on a regular or periodic basis.

Volunteer positions: Special Cleaning Team. Opportunities include cleaning chairs, tables, pre-school children toys, walls, floors, baseboards, windows, and kitchen. Weekday and weekend times available.

Facilities Team-Electrical/Lighting

Working with other individuals on a rotating basis, you could check the lights in the church and make repairs as needed. This includes: changing various types of light bulbs and fluorescent ballasts. All the necessary tools will be provided by the church.

Volunteer positions: electrical team.

Facilities Team-Preventative Maintenance

Following a schedule you would check various areas of the building and equipment making minor repairs or adjustments as needed. This would include plumbing, electrical, vehicle oil changes and general maintenance, lawn care equipment, changing HVAC filters, etc.

Volunteer positions: preventive maintenance team.

Ron Beckham

Sunday Morning Chair Setup

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by moving chairs from storage and arranging chairs in the sanctuary.

Volunteer positions: Teams of people that rotate weekly.

Scott Haggerty

Men's Breakfast

Fellowship and encouragement time for men.

Tiffany Reed

Divorce Care

At this time, the Divorce Care ministry at GCC is a support group for women experiencing a separation or divorce.

Volunteer positions: Help with childcare, co-leading, and prayer would be appreciated.


Get Directions



Worship Service
(childcare for
preschool & younger)


Sunday School
(all age groups)


Worship Service
(childcare for
preschool & younger)



(3 years-6th grade)

Youth Group
(7th-12th grade)

Adult Bible Study