1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7 But we were gentle in your midst, as a nursing mother would cherish her own children. 8 Yearning in this way over you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls, because you became beloved to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labour and travail: While working night and day so as not to be burdensome to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, as well as God, how in a holy and righteous and blameless manner we conducted ourselves toward you who believe, 11 Just as you know how we were to each one of you, as a father to his own children, exhorting you and consoling you and testifying, 12 So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Young People Serving Ones (YPSOs)
When serving with the young people you will typically have a cluster of 3 young people with you and will serve during the time like a mother to shepherd them through the week, sitting with them in the meeting, keeping the same schedule, eating together with them and being in the activity team with them. Your cluster will be combined with a second cluster to form a study group of two serving ones and six young people and a key part of the truth school is for the two of you to coordinate, fellowship and pray together for the going-on of the young people in that group. During the day there will be a time while the young people are doing practical activities when you will be able to join a serving ones’ fellowship with the other serving ones and coordinating brothers, spend some time with your partner serving one and get a little rest. Although the atmosphere and progress of the truth school falls largely on the shoulders of the YPSOs, you are never expected to serve in isolation and will always have the support of the overseeing brothers if there are any concerns regarding the pursuit or behaviour of the young people.
Practical Serving Ones (PSOs)
The practical service is very much an enjoyable service in life. Just as with the YPSOs, our most important service is to exercise our spirit to stay in the enjoyment and minister Christ to one another and to the young people. Every day the PSOs meet to enjoy the Lord, to pray and to be brought into the same fellowship and burden as everyone else in the school. In this way there is only one work, one way, one flow and one speaking in the truth school. Although there will be time when you can get to a message, this will only be occasional and those serving as a PSO should expect to spend most of their time in practical service. The services include:
Food preparation (only UK and NL)
Coordinating with the kitchen team, you will be placed in a schedule of saints who will take care of breakfast prep, lunch prep and wash up and dinner prep and wash up.
Food service and beverages
This team is responsible to serve the meals and snacks during the day and clean up the eating area afterwards. This includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, evening meal and evening snack.
The office is the hub of the truth school. The first and last days of the truth school are very busy, receiving the young people, registering them, giving them their assignments, taking photographs and making badges and working out travel arrangements. During the week the office settles into a schedule of room inspections, organising announcements, accounting for the truth school points system and organising rotas for practical service and activities.
The team will be responsible for keeping the property cleaned and maintained. It will also be their duty to keep the property looking nice and to make sure that all of the various systems, from plumbing to electrical to heating, remain in working order. You will also be taking security rounds at the beginning and at the end of the day. The team will then be responsible during all the meals to usher the young people into the dining area and to oversee the bins. Also, the team will make sure that there is no litter on the ground.
The activities team has developed in coordination with the Poland Conference over several years and we now have a database of afternoon activities. These times accomplish a lot – they blend the young people, help to develop certain character points, strengthen the burden of the messages, allow the young people the exercise they need to be able to concentrate in the classes, and also give opportunities for the gospel. On different days the activities will involve a rotating programme, indoor and outdoor games, gospel time and projects. A team coordinates to head up these activities with the help of other PSOs and also take care of the truth school photos and baptism time.
Depending on the size and location of a class, we often need to provide microphones for the speaker and for recording the messages. It is very useful to have some serving saints available who can help with this during the truth school, and afterwards to prepare and distribute the recorded messages.
Maintaining the environment of the facility has a great impact on the atmosphere of the truth school. A small team coordinates to take care of vacuuming the carpets, cleaning the bathrooms and managing the bins. They also provide a way for the young people to enter into this kind of service, which is an important part of the truth school.
Good Practice Guidelines
It is very important that all adults who serve with young people in whatever capacity understand and agree to the following good practice guidelines:
- All volunteers should wear an identity badge.
- No volunteer should ever be in a one-to-one situation with a child.
- If an accident happens, make sure an accident report form is filled in and signed by the Health & Safety Coordinator for Amana Trust and the volunteer.
- If anything unusual’ happens, fill in an incident report form (available from the Health & Safety Coordinator) and make sure it is signed by a witness.
- Physical violence (including rough grabbing and shaking) should NEVER be used on a child. If it is necessary to restrain a child for its own safety, or for the safety of another, then minimum force should be used for as short a time as possible. Always fill in an incident report form and get it witnessed.
- Have a witness for anyone giving first aid or personal care; this should be recorded in the Accident Book.
- There should always be volunteers of both genders where the children are of both genders.
- Challenge any unknown adult who enters the property or is hanging around the children.
- Be cautious about physical contact in games.
- Never leave a child unsupervised.
- If you are concerned about the behaviour of other volunteers, please talk to the Event Coordinator.