Serving as a Member of the Retreat Team

Here’s what is involved in being a volunteer on the weekend retreat team. 

  • You must first fully participate in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat as a retreatant.
  • You should wait for a year after your retreat before serving on a retreat weekend. Until then, you are encouraged to volunteer in other ways.
  • Team members take turnings serving on a weekend. Everyone gets a chance to serve on at least 1 weekend a year. 
  • Volunteer to assist with Sunday tear down and hauling after any retreat weekend. 
  • Volunteer to train on behind the scene work such as:
    • Before retreat prep
      • Check and organize bins for supplies
      • Prepare snacks
      • Print and organize papers
      • Assemble flower bouquets
      • Make gifts
    • After retreat clean up
      • wash tablecloths
      • wash & roll Lazarus cloths
      • wash water bottles & vases
      • clean coffee pots & coffee makers
      • reorganize bins
      • take inventory for restocking 
  • Training:
    • New team members – must attend one on one training with Nancy on the manual.
    • Must attend 2 team training sessions a year (in person or by Zoom). If unable to attend, must attend a make up session. 
      • July 14, 2021, 6-8pm – tentative
      • December 4, 2021, 9am-12pm
    • You are welcome and encouraged to attend any trainings or conferences offered by Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries (RVM).
  • Try to attend the 3 reunions a year (typically a Saturday morning, 3-4 weeks after a retreat). 
  • You should be living a lifestyle that is compatible with Catholic teachings.
  • You must agree to abide by all Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry (RVM) Guidelines, including:
    • You cannot do anything that contradicts the teachings or liturgical norms of the Catholic Church. (This does not limit your freedom to refrain from any activity that you find objectionable.)
    • You must maintain the confidentiality of each person who attends a retreat.
    • You must respect a retreatant’s choice to not participate in any activity, exercise, role-play, or worship/prayer.