Basic to our Love in Action Teams is the firm belief that service is a noble path to God and it is indeed an honor to serve. Without volunteers, the church could not operate effectively. There is no greater gift than the giving of your time to the church. If you’re interested in volunteering, CLICK HERE to express your interest and the appropriate person will respond. Thank you in advance for sharing your time and talent!
Many opportunities for Sacred Service:
Women of Unity
The Women of Unity meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in New-Rock Hall. Each month we have fun doing an interesting activity led by one of our members. Some months feature a pot luck! Women of Unity are sponsors and coordinators of the annual Healthy Living Fair. Our theme is Faith, Fun, and Friendship. All women are warmly welcomed!
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Men of Unity
The Men of Unity meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday to discuss ways they can contribute to the support of the church, plan activities, and have fellowship. All men are invited to attend the meetings and join in the fellowship. Men of Unity sponsor the Spaghetti Dinner in February, the Fall Fish Fry, concessions for Arts in the Garden, collection of canned food for CVFB… just to name a few. Many opportunities available. Come join this energetic, enthusiastic group of guys! CLICK HERE to sign up for eNews to get meeting reminders.
The Visitor Friendship Committee
Members of the Friendship Committee agree to intentionally make contact with a recent visitor to the church, answer questions, acquaint them with the church proper and invite them to current activities. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that strangers in our midst are no longer strangers. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Sunday Fellowship Coffee
Four teams are assigned one Sunday per month to prepare coffee, set up, and clean up, before, during, and after Sunday services. Members of the church donate refreshments — cookies, fruit, cheeses, etc.
If you would like to be on a team, please CLICK HERE to contact Susan or Howard Green.
Congregational Care Committee
The vision of this team is to develop an active volunteer network of support for members in our church community during a time of crisis or difficult situation. People helping people. Volunteers make home visits; provide a meal; provide a ride to church, doctor appointment, grocery store; along with prayers and comfort. Please alert the church office 804.320.5584 when a crisis situation arises so volunteers can step in and lend a helping hand. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
This group meets once a month at the church on the third Sunday, 1-3pm, to knit and crochet prayer shawls to be given to someone in a crisis situation, facing a healing challenge or just as a loving gift. Church members give a love offering for the shawls which are blessed with prayer during their creation and after completion. When a shawl is given to someone outside of our church family it becomes an instrument of outreach. The purpose of the prayer shawl is to bring love and comfort to the recipient. The love offerings received for the shawls go to the purchase of more yarn to continue this important ministry.
Former member Susan Wheeler received a shawl when she was recovering from cancer. She then founded the Shawl Ministry at Unity of Bon Air.
Prayer offered by Susan Wheeler: As you wrap yourself in this tangible reminder of the love and care worked into it by its creator and enhanced by the giver, you know true comfort. When each one is given, our church community’s message of love, forgiveness, and caring is being shared further and further in our world.
Joan Thomas is currently leading this group. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Building & Grounds
The signature of our church — the Gardens Team keeps the two-and-a-half acre beautiful meditation gardens in pristine condition, making it an inviting haven for those who seek closeness to God in nature. Our Meditation Gardens are a truly special place… a place to find peace and serenity, a place to meditate, a place to be immersed in the peace and tranquility of nature, a place for everyone to enjoy. With its numerous gardens, meandering pathways, large gazebo, tranquil lily pond, and many park benches, the Meditation Gardens are a favorite place for people to gather, especially after a Sunday service. Make it a part of your worship experience.
Vision statement: To create and maintain a garden environment that enhances mind, body, and soul, consistent with Unity principles. Our team provides an infrastructure allowing accessibility to all people, develops, and maintains planting areas such that they provide a vibrant cohesiveness utilizing organic methods and research-based techniques.
CLICK HERE for a list of scheduled garden days as well as a comprehensive list of the many opportunities available with the Garden Team. Anyone who loves to dig in the dirt is warmly welcomed to join this active team of gardeners.
Sacred Service Saturday
Several times a year, our church community gathers together to clean and work on the church grounds. The work moves with ease and grace as the hands of many make "light work." The beautification of the property may include various jobs; raking, mulching, weeding, etc. A meal is provided and enjoyed by all. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Education & Enrichment
Inspiration Station Bookstore
Our bookstore offers support materials for Unity classes and personal spiritual growth, as well as inspirational gifts, CDs, and greeting cards. The store is open immediately after each Sunday service, and is staffed by a volunteer team, lead by Marcie Murphy. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Youth and Family Ministry
With an emphasis on spiritual education for our youth, and a focus on family, our ministry is truly the best of both worlds. We offer a safe and nurturing environment for all ages (tots through teens.) Our classes and curriculum are designed to develop a practice of meditation and prayer, learn the many paths to Spirit (God), and create a loving and fun environment for our youth to connect with the Greater Good.
We promote and encourage family involvement by sponsoring activities (camping, skating, etc.), hosting events (rally and retreat), and organizing fundraisers (car wash, bake sales, etc.)
We welcome all passionate and compassionate volunteers interested in assisting with classes and activities. And, we are always in need of donated healthy snacks. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Special Events Hospitality
During the course of the year there are several times when a meal is needed for a workshop, meeting, or event. This group comes together to set up, provide, and serve the fare. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Technology – AV Team
A variety of opportunities are avaialable…
Help memorialize the church's big events and special moments. Shoot photography and produce video, recording our church's history, capturing the essence of our shared experiences and promoting the church and its upcoming events.
Provide technology support and training to the church, the different groups within the church, Sunday services, and special events. The services provided include public address sound and recording, video projection, computer and network support, and other technology needs within the community. Volunteers with this expertise or those wishing to assist with audio, video, computers and networking are invited. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Prayer Chaplain Ministry
Prayer Chaplains are available to pray with members of the congregation after Sunday services. They are the ones with the purple neck sashes. Prayer Chaplains also make monthly telephone calls to members, who have requested a call, for prayers of support and prayers celebrating life milestones.
Vision statement: to lovingly listen, hold spiritual space and pray with the individuals making up the congregation of Unity of Bon Air so as to provide an extension of the overall spiritual and pastoral care capability of our spiritual community. Church members who feel called by Spirit to become a chaplain are invited to attend an orientation. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this ministry.
The Prayer Team is committed to holding our congregation in prayer, daily. During their private prayer times every day, the members of this group hold in prayer, for 30 days, each and every prayer request. The prayer chest and prayer request forms are located at the front of the sanctuary for congregants to leave their prayer requests. These requests are held in confidence. At the end of the month these prayer requests are sent to Silent Unity for another 30 days of prayer. Anyone may serve on the Prayer Team if they would like to serve by praying daily, and when requested, help with communion and prayer chaplain visitations. (All prayer chaplains are also prayer team members.) CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
The music at Unity of Bon Air is an integral part of the worship service. The words and music enhance and support the message of the minister while the spiritual quality inspires each listener to go deeper within and to often fly higher with joy. The talented music team adds to the overall richness of the experience. The Celebration Choir is featured at some Sunday services. Those who desire to share their musical gifts are encouraged to speak with our music director, Claudia Carawan. CLICK HERE to express your interest in the choir.
Greeter / Usher
The “Gushers” are the frontline in representing our church community at Sunday services. Gushers are the first “official” contact our congregants have with the service The qualities Unity of Bon Air holds are peace, love, joy, acceptance, oneness... to name a few. The Gusher mission is to embody and display those qualities through a hearty, sincere, and accepting welcome. There are additional tasks these ambassadors are asked to do: answer questions, direct folks to church activities (children’s church, bookstore, prayer chaplain, etc.), assistance in seating congregants, but the main goal is to show the folks arriving at our Sunday services that they have come to a place of joy, happiness, and acceptance. Vision statement: To represent the God qualities of love, joy, and friendship of our church community through the greeting and guidance of the congregation at Sunday services. Volunteers fill these positions weekly. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Unity Readers’ Theatre
Members of Unity's Reader's Theatre have been providing laughs, entertainment and poignant moments at our services since 2005. Reader's Theatre is directed by church member and professional theatre veteran Cheryl Fare who serves as the playwright in residence, providing thought-provoking material to enlighten and expand Sunday morning lessons. The Reader's Theatre welcomes new participants. No acting experience is required, only enthusiasm for the performing arts. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Flowers / Sanctuary Ambiance / Decorating Team
The team creates a warm, bright, loving interior — creating meditative setting that moves us into that sacred space. Vision statement: To acknowledge through the use of beautiful materials, the beauty and power of the change in seasons, special holidays and/or ongoing themes in teachings. Flower arrangements for Sunday worship are provided by church members in honor or memory of a loved one — or because they love to share beauty. CLICK HERE to express your interest in this team.
Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals is a celebration of life for each and every animal. Your beloved pet will receive a personal blessing for a long, healthy, safe, and happy life. Any request for healing prayers/blessing will be honored. Each pet, no matter what species, or denomination, may receive a blessing.
Members at Unity of Bon Air have a deep social consciousness and provide a number of outreach opportunities to serve the community.
The following Outreach divisions represent Love in Action by individuals and are supported by the church through prayer and monetary assistance.
CrossOver Healthcare Ministries
CrossOver Healthcare Ministries operates a network of two free clinics located in areas of need in Richmond, providing healthcare services to the uninsured and newly insured. The clinics are staffed by volunteer medical and dental staff. There are also volunteer opportunities other than medical and dental available. Members of our congregation participate in Saturday clinics when scheduled and we also provide financial support to this ministry. crossoverministry.org
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International was founded on the conviction that all of God’s children deserve a decent and safe place to live. Habitat is a proven model successfully enabling more than 1,000,000 people worldwide to move from inadequate shelter into simple, decent homes. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity has been putting faith into action in our community since 1986, partnering with hard-working families to build more than 280 homes in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Charles City, and New Kent. When Unity of Bon Air is involved in a build, many skilled and non-skilled volunteers will be needed to build this house. richmondhabitat.org
Central Virginia Food Bank
The Central Virginia Food Bank, under the FeedMore banner, provides a well-stocked pantry for low income individuals and families. Over the years, we have sponsored church-wide food drives for canned goods to stock the shelves. feedmore.org
Each Christmas our church sponsors several families in need from the community, through the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program. Every year, an abundance of volunteers comes forth to buy food, household items, clothing, and toys for each family with money that is generously donated by our church community. After the gifts are lovingly wrapped, our Unity of Bon Air “Delivery Santas” deliver the gifts to the Christmas Mother distribution center, making for some excited families on Christmas morning. cchchristmasmother.com
Teddy Bear Sunday
Members contribute hundreds of teddy bears to the Chesterfield County and Richmond City Police Departments one February Sunday out of each year. The teddy bears provide a calming influence for children in crisis when officers are dispatched to unpleasant situations.
UNBOUND provides a sponsorship program with children from third-world countries. Our church currently supports four children from India, Nicaragua, Kenya, and the Philippines. Our children’s Sunday school classes are building a relationship with these children through the exchange of letters, pictures, and learning about each others’ cultures. unbound.org
Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond
Our church supports the work of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond — an organization of 19 different religious denominations in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties. The member congregations within these faith groups bring together diverse doctrinal, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The uniqueness of the Interfaith Council is its ability to cherish this rich diversity and at the same time to celebrate the unity of all these faiths by addressing basic human needs through cooperative community service. icgr.org
Love in Action Prayer
We bring all the people of Unity of Bon Air who give of their time and talent before you and we bless each one. We thank you for each one. Their love in action, their sacred service, is the life-blood of this church. It is the receiving and giving thing; you give, we receive and give back to you through service and on and on it goes. Thank you, God. We thank you for this opportunity for each of us to serve in this church. We ask and receive your guidance, strength, and blessing of this work. It is your work, our work together.
Thank you and amen.