General Information Letter
Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer team member in the ministry of the REAP Team. Since we present an average of 165 events every school year, it would be impossible to do the work we do without our ministry volunteers!
The most important characteristics of a REAP Team volunteer are a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and a love for teenagers. Other important considerations include love for the Catholic Church, regular participation in Sunday worship, a personal prayer life, freedom from serious sin, regular reading of Scripture, and an openness to using the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
REAP retreats can be as short as one hour or as long as two days, and the content of each retreat is based primarily upon the needs of the participants. The fundamental message delivered is the same: Jesus Christ is Lord, He desires to free us from sin, and He provides abundant life for us. Large group talks, small discussion groups, dramas, mingling, personal testimonies, and the sacraments are all employed to bring retreatants to these truths.
If you think you would be a good fit to join our team (alongside a hundred or so other young people of all ages who currently serve as volunteers), please carefully read through our application process, below:
There are FOUR main components to our application process: the application form, compliance with Archdiocesan Safe Environment policies, personal references, and (for those under the age of 18) a parental consent form. Once all necessary paperwork is completed – due July 15, 2016 – potential ministry volunteers will be contacted about an interview, interviewed, and once accepted, invited to attend REAP Team ministry training.
1. Application Form
Please read this detailed application form and complete it thoroughly. This form is intended to help the staff members know you better, and to help you and the staff members reflect upon whether you are called to this ministry. It will also be used as a tool to help staff members determine your personal gifts and in what ways you might be able to most effectively minister to teens in a retreat setting. Completed applications can either be mailed to the REAP Team office (27 Grand Circle Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043) or emailed to email@example.com and are due July 15, 2016.
2. Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policies and Procedures
Individuals who are either over the age of 18 or high school graduates working with youth in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis must complete a background check, attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop, and sign a Code of Ethical Conduct. Teenage volunteers with the REAP Team must fill out a Youth Code of Ethical Conduct. ALL necessary Safe Environment requirements MUST be met before volunteers are able to serve on any REAP Team ministry events.
FAMILY CARE SAFETY REGISTRY
If you are 18 years old or older (and/or a high school graduate), The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services requires that you fill out the "Worker Registration" form, in order to run a background check on you. A completed form with a copy of your social security card is required. We will pay for the record check, so the completed form should be sent directly to us. If you have filled out this form for another Agency or Parish for the Archdiocese, we will only need your social security number to do the background check. This form is available here and can be filled out online and then printed out and mailed to us. (Those still in high school, even if 18 years of age, are not required to fulfill this requirement until after graduation).
PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
In addition, all volunteers 18 years or older (and/or a high school graduate) must attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop (through the VIRTUS program) given by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. A schedule of upcoming workshops can be found here. Volunteers can attend any of these; just make sure to register for The REAP Team/Catholic Youth Apostolate. If you have already attended a workshop, you are not required to go twice - just be sure to note at which parish it is currently on file when you fill out your "Volunteer Guidelines and Policies Agreement" (Those still in high school, even if 18 years of age, are not required to fulfill this requirement until after graduation – however, if you will turn 18 years old during the school year, it is advisable that you attend a workshop over the summer prior to your year of service, because once you turn 18 this workshop is a requirement).
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT (For Adults)
Each person 18 and older (and/or a high school graduate) must read and sign the Code of Ethical Conduct for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Please read this document thoroughly; however, only the last page needs to be printed off, signed, and mailed to us.
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT (For Youth)
Each person under the age of 18 (or still enrolled in high school) must read and sign the Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Please read this document thoroughly; however, only the last page needs to be printed off, signed by you and your parent or guardian, and mailed to us.
Please select two people (non-family members) who know you well and have a mature, active faith (teachers, priests, youth ministers, coaches, etc.) to complete the referral form on your behalf. We highly encourage you to provide each of your references with a stamped, addressed envelope when you give them the referral form, so that they can mail these completed forms directly to The REAP Team (27 Grand Circle Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043). They can also email their completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Referrals are due to the REAP office by July 15, 2016.
4. Parental Consent
Applicants under the age of 18 need to print out a special information letter to share with a parent or legal guardian, which is designed to make them aware of what this ministry is and the commitment it entails. After they read this letter, please have them sign the line at the bottom and either email it to email@example.com or mail it to the REAP office (27 Grand Circle Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043) by July 15, 2016.
After all application materials have been received, applicants will be contacted to set up a mutually agreeable interview time. These interviews with REAP Team staff will be held at various convenient locations throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Please be sure to note on your application form which locations and times would be most convenient for you to be interviewed. Dress is casual.
All accepted new team members are required to attend two ministry training sessions on basic evangelization skills, such as praying with one another and with the retreatants, mingling, leading small groups, giving talks and personal testimonies, acting in dramas and skits, and other important youth ministry skills. Trainings are held at Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Our 2016 training dates are: Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thank you again for your interest in serving as a ministry volunteer with The REAP Team. If you choose to fill out our application materials, please be assured of our prayers for you. Please keep us in your prayers as well, as we meet with potential team members and move toward another amazing year of ministry.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Masek, Director of the REAP Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org at 314.608.5447