When people come to the Community Life Center they experience physical, social, and spiritual growth through the activities and offerings of the Rec Center and Gathering Grounds. These positive changes come from cultivating a family atmosphere that is welcoming and by having talented, knowledgeable personal that seek to make members and guests alike feel at home in the Community Life Center.
The Community Life Center is primarily staffed by volunteers. These volunteers are people from our church and community who give of their time, talent, and energy because they believe in the good that the CLC is doing in our community. Below are their stories. Each month we will spotlight different volunteers to celebrate them and so that you can get to know these exceptional people that make the CLC work.
Area of Service in CLC: Coffee Shop and Kitchen
When did you begin serving in the CLC? When the Coffee Shop opened in 2016.
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? Being fairly new to the church this was a nice way to meet new people and get connected.
What has been a highlight of your time serving at the CLC? Meeting new people that come over to the Coffee Shop. And getting to know the ones that volunteer in the Coffee Shop.
How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? How have you been impacted? I love volunteering and helping others and am very blessed to be able to do that.
Share with us a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community?
I see it through the special events. Like the Fall Festival, Barn Dance, Bible Studies, other Women’s Ministry events. We always have someone at the doors to welcome people in and that means a lot.
Area of service in CLC: Rec Center Volunteer and Children’s Basketball Scorekeeper
When did you begin serving in the CLC? Fall of 2016
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC Ministry? To do all I can to get to know the CLC attendees and to fill the need of this important community outreach ministry. .
What has been the highlight of your time serving in the CLC? I love getting to know the CLC attendees, especially the faithful members of the Gentle Yoga class.
How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? How have you been impacted? I have learned to have more patience and tried not to overreact to the small things. I like for things to be perfect. I understand that perfection is not possible most of the time but that concept is not necessarily a bad thing.
Share with us a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community: I have had the opportunity to share with a CLC member that recently moved here from Florida that asked me questions regarding our church. He has been visiting our worship services for a while now and it made me feel good that God put me in the right spot at the right time to answer his questions regarding Bonsack Baptist Church. It made me feel good to share information about Bonsack Baptist Church’s ministries with this person. I’m sure that most volunteers could share a similar experience.
Area of service in CLC: Rec Desk
When did you begin serving in the CLC? December 2016
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC Ministry? There was a need for volunteers, and I thought that it was something that I could handle.
What has been the highlight of your time serving in the CLC? Getting acquainted with so many nice people and learning their stories.
How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? How have you been impacted? I see the need to just let people know that others care about and for them. Actually praying for them and their situations has deepened my prayer life!
Share with us a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community: One lady told me she had been depressed after the death of her husband but coming to walk the track and talking to the other folks had made a big change in her outlook on life. She felt like the CLC had saved her life.
Are there any other thought that you would like to share? A simple thing like calling people by name and smiling at them gives a feeling of self-worth and lets them know they are loved.
Area of Service in CLC: Rec Desk
When did you begin serving in the CLC? from day 1
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? I have always had a servant’s heart. When I could no longer serve in the capacity as “pastor’s wife” I felt empty and wanted to plug in in my new church. I believe in the ministry of the CLC and wanted to be a part of it.
What has been a highlight of your time serving at the CLC? Meeting and greeting people. I may be the only person they had seen all day that smiled at them and genuinely cared that they came out to use the facilities at the CLC. Every opportunity to spread a little son-shine is a good day.
How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? How have you been impacted? People tell me their stories of hardship, woe, failure, disappointments, joy, achievements, milestones, and I am able to share in their sorrows and joy and elations. The opportunity to tell them that I will pray for them has changed my prayer life and overall spiritual walk.
Share with us a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community? I had a recent encounter with a man who was encouraged by a member to check us out. When we were able to share with him all that the CLC offers at a low cost to him and his wife, who were members at another facility, he was amazed. He was paying $79 per month (a senior discount) for him and his wife and was astonished that it would cost them $15.00 for the both of them. He was even more thrilled to learn that he and his wife could possibly qualify for silversneakers and then their memberships would be free. He was amazed and could not understand how we could do what we do for so little. I told him that our profit is in what people gain when they leave the facility. It’s not about the money; it is the service to the community. He was excited about the possibility of qualifying for silversneakers and was so very happy that I was able to give him all the information that he needed to contact them the next day.
Area of service in the CLC: I work at the front desk of the gym. My duties include checking people in; taking payments for dues, classes etc.; locking up; cleaning equipment and floors; showing visitors around and answering their questions
When did you begin service in the CLC? I started when we first opened. (July 2016)
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? I like meeting and interacting with people.
What has been a highlight of your time in the CLC? I have become friends with other volunteers and the people who use the gym.
How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? I have become more accepting of others.
Share a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community. There are a number of families home schooling their children who have a place where they can provide physical education.
Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share? The CLC is serving as an important tool for outreach in the church; reaching people in the community who might have little to no other contact with our church and ultimately reaching people for Christ.
Area of Service: Gathering Grounds, barista
When did you begin service in the CLC? When it opened in 2016.
Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? I had previously been involved in the coffee ministry prior to the CLC opening and love being able to serve our community and contribute to the family atmosphere at Bonsack.
What has been a highlight of your time in the CLC? Volunteering at the Gathering Grounds is fun, sometimes hard work, but most of all rewarding. I’ve been so excited God has led me to this opportunity where I meet new people, get to know members better and enjoy a great cup of coffee! It’s great to share with visitors that the CLC is for the community. They are in awe. I’ve seen visitors become members because of the family atmosphere Bonsack offers.
Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share? Gathering Grounds is also a ministry to those who live in third world countries to improve their way of life by using Fair Trade practice. By using Land of a Thousand Hills coffee, we support people and missions in Rwanda, Brazil, and the Caribbean. It is a way for our people to impact the world by doing something that they do every day, drinking coffee.