Volunteers & Services

Why we serve

Our Volunteers

Why we serve

Throughout God’s Word there are many references to the value and need for us to be servants – without consideration for compensation, affirmation or any other objective – other than to meet the needs of those we can, with the abilities and the means we each have. Our volunteers, as is often the case when Christians come together to serve, describe their efforts in terms of the blessings they receive by taking part in helping others. They see serving as a matter of obedience, knowing that by helping others, their own lives will be enriched as well.  

who we serve

Our Volunteers

Why we serve

  Generally, the ministry serves individuals and families who are members of West Side Baptist Church and, for whatever reason, whether physically, financially or other reason, are temporarily unable to attend to their lawns or other “handyman” tasks. The ministry also serves members and others who have the financial means to acquire lawn services, but who would rather support the RAY ministry through their financial gifts. These gifts are provided to the church and designated specifically to the RAY ministry. But there is never a requirement for recipients to provide an offering to the ministry.

 

The RAY team may also receive referrals from members who know of someone who could benefit from the ministry. This provides another opportunity for outreach which may lead to new relationships, new membership, and even salvation by sharing God’s Word with the service recipient.

The RAY team also serves non-profit and Christian organizations by assisting them in their efforts to serve their respective clientele. 

Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

The RAY ministry is comprised of West Side members who feel led to serve others. Not only does the ministry provide services, but it also creates opportunities for members to fellowship with others, to demonstrate Christ-centered love and compassion, to witness to others who may not know Christ, and to explore other needs the service recipient may have.

 

Volunteers may work in teams or individually, and new volunteers initially work alongside a RAY team leader. This provides an orientation period, allowing team members to become acquainted with each other. Interested volunteers are asked to complete a questionnaire prior to volunteering, in which each describes his or her capabilities, interests, physical limitations – if any – and their access to equipment or other resources. 

Volunteers utilize their own equipment when providing these services. In some cases, necessary items may be purchased through gifts and funds that have been offered to the ministry.   

services: lawn care

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 Lawn care and mowing are the primary services offered by the RAY ministry. The act of converting a lawn in need into something the resident can be proud of not only benefits the service recipient but is an enormously rewarding blessing for our volunteers.  

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 A  well maintained lawn is not only more visually appealing, but also reduces hazards. An overgrown lawn may hide obstacles such as holes, sharp objects and other hazards that may cause injury. Keeping a lawn in good condition also reduces the likelihood of infestations of insects and rodents.   

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  As mentioned, the RAY Ministry also provides services to non-profit and Christian organizations. In the case of Mission Texarkana, lawn care duties are shared among RAY team members and the mission’s participants in various aspects of programming within the Mission.

services: Tree pruning and removal

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The RAY ministry can provide light tree pruning, small tree removal and brush clearing. In most cases, team members will also dispose of limbs, tree trunks and brush, and provide clean-up services of the area afterward. 

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In emergency situations, the Ministry has direct access to a well-trained group of personnel who can provide a greater scope of services in this area. This includes the removal of large trees and other hazard mitigation and disaster-response services.  

services: pressure washing

driveways

sidewalks & walkways

sidewalks & walkways

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Pressure washing not only improves the appearance of concrete and other surfaces, but also serves as a hazard mitigation effort. Exposed concrete, especially in shady areas, is a great breeding ground for black algae, mildew and even some mosses. From a safety standpoint, when these surfaces become wet, the surface texture of concrete is significantly reduced, which increases the likelihood of slips and falls. 

sidewalks & walkways

sidewalks & walkways

sidewalks & walkways

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At West Side Baptist Church, there is currently an effort underway to clean the mold and algae from public surfaces. This project will be ongoing for some time as we create safer walkways, sidewalks and other surfaces for our guests. 

video overview of random acts of yardwork

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Contact Us

west side baptist church - 712 West Main - atlanta, Texas 75551

ray Spring/Summer Hours 2020

Mon

08:00 am – 06:00 pm

Tue

08:00 am – 06:00 pm

Wed

08:00 am – 05:00 pm

Thu

09:00 am – 06:00 pm

Fri

08:00 am – 06:00 pm

Sat

08:00 am – 06:00 pm

Sun

Closed

On Sunday, we rest and worship.