Serve The Christmas Shoppe

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 | 6 – 9 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Adults & Students (6th-12th grades)… We would LOVE to have your help and will be earnestly praying for YOU to serve alongside us! ONLINE Registration opens November 1st. ELEMENTARY Students are invited to participate in a Pajama Drive located in the Cabana/Hut/Loft rooms during weekend services of Nov 18/19, Nov 25/26, and Dec 2/3. New or gently used children’s/teen books will also be accepted. Help us provide every family with the gift of free books and pajamas for their children this Christmas! Email questions to

Welcome Area: You will welcome families and volunteers. Involves: Serving as door greeters, welcoming families and/or volunteers at the registration desk, introducing families to their Personal Shoppers, and directing volunteers to their assigned areas.

Personal Shopper: Would you like to get to know the families we are helping? You will be paired with a family to help them navigate through the Christmas Shoppe experience. Involves: Guiding your assigned family through the Shoppe experience which will include a family portrait session, sharing together in a buffet meal, accompanying minors to the Kids Shoppe, and assisting parents/guardians within the shopping and wrapping areas. A Shopping Card will be provided with detailed shopping guidelines upon arrival for your shift. An orientation video will be provided to you prior to the Christmas Shoppe event. It is recommended that first-time Personal Shoppers arrive 30 minutes prior to your assigned family’s arrival time in order to pre-walk the Shoppe areas. Seasoned volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes earlier than your family’s arrival time.

Family Photos: Each family is offered a professional photography session which includes a complimentary 8×10 photo with wooden frame. Involves: Assisting with printing, framing, and distributing family photos.

Hospitality Team: We will be serving each family a nutritious meal before the shopping begins! Involves all facets of food & beverage service, minimal preparation of food, buffet service, drink service, bussing tables.

Prayer Room: Prayer is an essential part of The Christmas Shoppe! Involves: Praying throughout the event for all families and people serving and availability to pray with families.

Kids Shoppe: Serve with the kids and you will be blessed by their joyful smiles and giggles! Help them wrap their selected gifts for parents/guardians. Prepared activity stations will keep them occupied with stories, Christmas carols, games, crafts, movies, AND they also get to choose and take home their own gently-donated books. Volunteers must be/or become Safe Sanctuary trained.

Shoppe Restock: Similar to a retail store, items need to be restocked as shelves are emptied. Involves: Restocking merchandise to keep our tables full of choices for all families shopping throughout the day.

Cashier Team: Items in the store are purchased at significantly reduced prices. Our cashier team is responsible for that financial transaction. Involves: Calculating and handling cash, providing batteries for marked items, and managing gift cards.

Wrap It Up: Do you LOVE to wrap gifts? We will have a wrapping room where we can use your talents. And, if you’d like to serve with family members but don’t love to wrap, there are plenty of other tasks to be done as families begin to wrap up their shopping experience. Involves wrapping gifts, assist in carrying gifts to vehicles, organizing & restocking complimentary pajamas that are located in this area, collecting family surveys and wishing them a Merry Christmas!

Flexible/Floater: If you just want to be a part of the event and it does not matter where you serve, we could use you as a floater to fill in where you are most needed.

Serve Christmas Shoppe Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How early should I arrive for my shift?
A: Shift hours are scheduled to allow for preparation and instruction within all areas of the Shoppe, early arrival is not necessary. Personal Shoppers should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned family’s arrival time, and 30 minutes early if it’s your first time serving in this role.

Q: Can I volunteer for multiple shifts?
A: Absolutely! Mark as many shifts as your schedule allows on a single volunteer form. 

Q: If I volunteer for both shifts on Saturday, will lunch be provided?
A: A limited supply of leftover food from Friday evening will be available to Saturday ‘all-day’ volunteers. *Is childcare available for my children during my volunteer shift? Due to limited space and other factors, childcare is not provided for Christmas Shoppe volunteers

Q: Is childcare available for my children during my volunteer shift?
A: Due to limited space and other factors, childcare is not provided for Christmas Shoppe volunteers.

Thank you for your interest in serving the Kids Shoppe. While parents/guardians complete the shopping and wrapping process, children will participate in their own program. Upon arrival, parents will register their kids at the Children’s Desk and will receive a claim ticket/s to be exchanged upon pick-up. During the Kids Shoppe experience, children will have the opportunity to select and wrap a free gift for their parents/guardians, select & keep gently-donated books, and participate in activity stations offering stories, games, and crafts. Prepared activities will be explained to volunteers upon arrival to your shift.

Adult volunteers serving in the Kids Shoppe must be Safe Sanctuary trained. To be eligible, you must have been attending Morning Star for at least 6 months. The first step in this process is to submit a background check form. Once your form is approved, you will receive an email with an online training link. This training must be completed within 24 hours of being emailed before the link expires. Please check your junk folder to be sure you don’t miss out on this second step. The online video is approximately 40 minutes. The final step is to attend a classroom training session (date/time to be announced).

Student volunteers (6th-12th grade) serving in the Kids Shoppe must be Student Impact trained. There is no background investigation involved with minors; however, you are required to attend a classroom training session (date/time to be announced).

Trained adults and students will be qualified to serve in other areas of the children’s/youth ministry at Morning Star Church, including/but not limited to weekly children’s ministry services, Vacation Bible School, next year’s Christmas Shoppe, etc. We celebrate that Morning Star Church is revered for this extra security and safety afforded to all families while on our premises. Please consider and pray over your decision to serve the kids of our community this Christmas season.