7 May 2021
I hope this day finds you at peace with God and seeking to share peace with others! It has been a great week at Yorkshire. We started it off with a Sunday filled with the sounds of great music, first Matt Baird at 9AM and then the Messiah Brass Quintet at 11AM. I have always enjoyed Sundays like that and the fellowship that surrounds them. Music enlivens the soul!
This week we spent some time focusing on recruiting efforts for our staffing needs at Yorkshire Church. Currently, we are in need of two teachers and at least one teacher aide for our 2021-22 Joyful Noise Christian Preschool school year. We have been running ads on two job boards which has yielded only minimal applications for the positions. Research has told us that we may be in some of the most difficult times for recruiting and hiring personnel, especially through the traditional means.
We are also recruiting for a new custodian as our last hire decided to not continue in the position for personal reasons-she truly loved her job- so we will continue to pray for her as we seek a new person to join our team to address our facility cleanliness. I am very thankful to Alison for taking the initiative to make sure that our facility remains in tip-top shape. On top of everything else that she has been doing, she still takes the time, most often her own time, to vacuum the sanctuary, clean the bathrooms, and ensure our hallways are debris free. Alison, your efforts are greatly appreciated!
So, we are looking at some different ways to recruit new team members to Joyful Noise and Yorkshire Church. We are using an opportunity to connect with people we know, or people that know people we know, who may be feeling a calling to serve as teachers and aides in our preschool. We have endeavored on a social media- Facebook campaign where we are using image-based posts to advertise our positions. The way this works is that we put post, or an advertisement, on our Joyful Noise and Church Facebook page. Anyone who is “friends” with us on that page will see the ad. One of the keys to making this a successful effort is that each of you who may be “friends” and see the ad can bring the greatest value by “sharing” the ad to your page. Each time a post is “shared,” it reached an exponentially higher number of people. We are also “boosting” our coverage which means that for a small fee, our posts are being seen by people in targeted geographical areas. But we do need your involvement and your assistance.
For those of you reading this who do not participate in social media and/or Facebook, you can help through sharing our needs with your friends and neighbors. Word of mouth will most likely be the effort that allows us to find the team members that we are looking for – and, in effect, this is what we are using Social Media to help us with, as well. It is no secret that finding people to work in our current societal conditions is very difficult, but finding Christ-centered folks who are seeking to serve in the capacities we are seeking adds another
challenging element. I am including a few of the social media ads that we have created to share how we are approaching these challenges.
The models for our Joyful Noise ads are our own staff and students, and yes, if you were wondering, that is actually our vacuum cleaner that is waiting for a new driver! We are trying to have some fun and be creative with our approach. Of course, this writing comes with a challenge for all of you. If you have an idea for a phrase or a quote that you think would be fun to see in a marketing ad for our church, send it to me, either at my email below or through the church office. If I can find a way to incorporate it into an ad or an image, I will do that! Can’t promise anything, but maybe we all can have some fun getting involved in this effort!
The times in which we live are proving to be challenging in many ways. But, if we can join together and approach some of the challenges together, I believe that collectively we can meet any needs that Yorkshire has. Right now, we needs people! Thanks for your help in sharing this information with everyone that you know! Thanks for your help sharing your creativity in our marketing ideas!
Peace and Blessings to each of you!
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