Bethany Center is the realization of our Bishop’s vision for a conference and retreat center to support the work of life-long formation and the mission of the various congregations and ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Bethany Center completed construction and became fully operational in January 2009. The Center provides meeting spaces, overnight accommodations and outstanding food services with the hospitality of the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus that welcomed our Lord. As a Retreat and Conference Facility, we welcome other faith traditions as well as non-profit and for profit guests seeking fellowship, renewal and personal growth.
As a Bethany Center Volunteer you will not only have the satisfaction of enhancing a ministry of welcome, hospitality and renewal, but also have the opportunity to meet and work with those who minister in our diocese and throughout the Catholic Church. We have welcomed clergy and lay leaders from around the state of Florida and around the nation. With your help, Bethany Center we will expand our horizons as we welcome international leaders of the Catholic Church for conferences and retreats.
As a volunteer at Bethany Center you can support and enhance our ministry and mission by:
Being the welcoming presence of Christ to all who come to the Center and by service in one of the following areas:
+ Reception Desk greeting and responding to those who call or come by the Center
+ Serving as a host or hostess for retreats and conferences
+ Assisting with registration
+ Cart drivers
+ Helping presenters with A/V equipment and other needs
+ In Saint James Chapel with our Sacristans Guild or as a musician for worship
+ Working with our dining room staff as we serve our guests at their tables
+ Working with our kitchen staff in support of the ministry of the Youth Center
+ Support of our maintenance staff with the building and grounds
We also have opportunities for Youth Service Volunteer Hours
Volunteers are needed during the week and on weekends, especially during those times when we have large groups on campus.
~~ VOLUNTEER ROLES ~~
Receptionist – Front desk greeting guest, answering phone, support registration of guest
Host/Hostess – Welcome guests to Bethany Center, registration, tours and guides
Cart Driver – Welcome guests, transport guest to chapel and cottage area during registration and for special events
Program Support – Welcome guests, help presenters with A/V support, copying materials, etc.
St. James’ Sacristans Guild – Welcome guests, help maintain the reverence of chapel area, set up for various liturgies, help with clean up after liturgies
St. James’ Musicians Guild – Support of worship through leading music and playing for various liturgies
Dining Room – Welcome guests, help with seating, help dining room staff serving and clean up
Youth Center Support – “Have a heart for youth ministry” welcome guests, support food service, youth retreats, A/V support, etc.
Maintenance – Be a welcoming presence on the grounds, help with minor cleaning (chairs, porches, etc., minor handy-person work as appropriate)
Youth in Service Volunteer Hours – Many of our areas of volunteer service are available to our senior high young people for service hours