Formation Volunteer Opportunities

At St. Francis of Assisi Family Formation, we have many different opportunities to serve and they are all important. We rely on our volunteers to help make our program a success. You don’t have to know everything about Catholicism.  Every person is important and necessary to making the program run.

We hope you’ll join us this year!

Formation Volunteer Descriptions

We offer both permanent and non-permanent volunteer opportunities. CORE Team members are permanent volunteers who attend all Cross Walk, Cross Train/Cross Road sessions. A registration discount is provided to children/youth of CORE Team members. Non-permanent volunteers assist with Adult Presence and/or Hospitality during 3 or more Cross Walk, Cross Train/Cross Road sessions per year.

Would you consider becoming a Formation Volunteer for 2020-2021?

We have a large K-12 Formation program at St. Francis of Assisi and serve more than 600 children/youth in our Cross Walk, Cross Train, and Cross Road Sunday programs. Because Mass is the source and summit of our faith, our programs are scheduled following the 9:30am Mass (K-5 children) and following the 5:30pm Sunday Mass (6-12 youth) to break open treasures of the faith that have just been proclaimed. We offer a small group-based faith formation program for K-12, and Small Group Leaders are always needed! Our Sunday programs meet twice a month, September through May, during the traditional academic year. The time commitment for Small Group Leaders over the course of the year is 18 sessions, or approximately 22 hours.

Small Group Leaders:

• Lead sessions during the time that their children/youth attend the programs
• Love God and want to show our children and youth how to walk with Jesus
• Are paired up with at least one other adult volunteer
• Receive lesson plans via email the Wednesday prior to each session and all materials are provided
• Guide conversations, facilitate discussions, and invest in the lives of children/youth
• Build trusting relationships through prayer, games, hands-on activities, discussion on Catholic teachings, and service projects.
• Lead their small group in an activity with the objective of connecting the Gospel/Catholic Teaching to their life
• Help keep the children/youth focused and engaged
• Supervise safe transition to parents

It takes a village to make it all happen! Won’t you join our village?

Interested in becoming a Formation Volunteer?

Want to learn more?

Click here to complete a Volunteer Interest form

CORE Team Opportunities:
Small Group Leader
Adult Presence Coordinator
Hospitality Coordinator (Cross Train/Cross Road only)

Interested in learning more about our Core Team positions?
Click below to read the Core Team descriptions.
Cross Walk Core Team descriptions
Cross Train/Cross Road Core Team descriptions

Non-permanent Volunteer Opportunities:
Adult Presence
Hospitality (Cross Train/Cross Road only)
Small Group Leader substitute (Cross Walk only)

In order to ensure a safe and effective program for our youth, our expectation is that each family volunteer during 3 or more Cross Walk, Cross Train/Road sessions for Adult Presence and/or Hospitality.
Please see the below links to sign-up for Adult Presence and Hospitality.

Interested in being a Core Team member?

Please contact one of our Formation Coordinators:
Cross Walk: Sarah Bowser – Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org, 919-847-8205 x496
Cross Train: Thomas Bulick –  Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org, 919-847-8205 x239
Cross Road: Marisa Ferrara –  Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org, 919-847-8205 x223

Click here for the 2019-2020 Formation Calendar

Safe Environment

We strive to create a safe environment for our youth. All volunteers must complete the Diocesan Safe Environment process for the safety of the children and youth of our community. Click here for more information and Safe Environment forms.

All Core Team and non-permanent Adult Presence volunteers are required to obtain Level C certification.
All non-permanent Hospitality volunteers are required to obtain Level A certification.

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