Periodically our church facilities need a bit of sprucing up. If you walk through the campus and focus on the details, you’re likely to notice weeds in the landscaping, chipped paint, frayed carpet, and other areas for improvement. These tasks typically don’t require a considerable budget to fix. The bigger concern is the labor required to complete them all in a reasonable timeframe. One way to solve this problem is by inviting people to volunteer for a church beautification day. The church provides the supplies and instructions, while volunteers provide the sweat equity. If a church “spring cleaning” project might be in order, here’s how to prepare for a successful effort:
Step #1: Assess the Situation
Perform a detailed tour of the church facilities and note each item or area that needs attention.
- Remove weeds
- Add new mulch to flower beds and around trees
- Plant flowers
- Prune bushes and trees
- Repaint as needed
- Repaint the nursery, children’s areas, and various classrooms
- Replace or repair frayed carpet
- Remove any dirt or scuff marks on walls
Step #2: Develop a Church Spring Cleaning Plan
Create a list of the supplies necessary for each task and identify what items you’ll need to purchase. Consider whether you can finish all of the tasks in a single day or will need to finish one before you can start another. For example, it might be best to let the paint dry in a classroom before replacing the carpet in that same room.
Next, estimate how many volunteers you’ll need for each task and if you need volunteers with specific skill sets.
Create a schedule including when you need volunteers to arrive, who will lead each team of volunteers, where you’ll stage supplies, etc. If this project will last all day, provide lunch, water, and snacks for those participating. If you’ll need multiple days to complete all the items on your list, determine which tasks to tackle each day.
Step #3: Invite Volunteers to Participate
Once you have a plan, you’d probably like to get started right away. However, it’s best to announce this project and ask people to sign up at least 3 to 4 weeks beforehand. This gives people time to consider their schedules and find a way to participate if possible.
Step #4: Organize the Day
Respect the time of those who’ve signed up to help by having an organized plan for the day. Ask all volunteers to check-in at a central location on campus, then have team leaders take their volunteers to the place they’re assigned to work on. Make sure to have all the supplies needed set up at each station with water and snacks available as well.
Make sure your team leaders know what their teams need to do and get their volunteers started right away. These team leaders could be staff members or key volunteer leaders you’ve already met with about this project. Walk around and check on each team to see if they need anything throughout the day. Set a time for everyone to enjoy lunch together as well. Make this a fun atmosphere that gets the work done but also provides volunteers with a chance to get to know each other. Let teams know they’re welcome to stay and help others when they finish their tasks or they can head home – whatever works best for them.
Step #5: Express Your Appreciation
Since this church beautification project will likely happen on weekday evenings or on a Saturday, take a minute during the next Sunday’s services to thank your volunteers. In addition, mail thank you cards to each volunteer the week after. Post before and after pictures of various areas on your church’s Facebook page or other social media account and thank the teams who participated. This lets your volunteers know how much you appreciate their work and may encourage others to volunteer for similar projects in the future.
A church spring cleaning project can have many benefits. This effort can result in a better environment for Sunday services, a great experience for volunteers, and less strain on church staff by checking off a big to-do list in a short timeframe. By carefully planning the day and setting up your volunteers for success, you’ll make that possible for everyone involved.