Yard Teams & Facility Maintenance

St. James is blessed with beautiful buildings and grounds. Many people visit our church for the first time because of the impression made by our facilities as they pass through our neighborhood. Care of our beautiful church and grounds is our means of outreach, helping attract people to visit our church where we can share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

WHO WE ARE:

 This year we have 20 plus members participating in this ministry. We are divided among four teams: the Turfinators, Hedgehogs, Crabgrass Cowboys and Tim Green’s Mean Team. The teams alternate working on Saturday mornings, March through October. The leader of each team has plenty of experience and will be able to show you what needs to be done and how to operate the equipment.

WHAT WE DO:

Schedules are published well in advance.   We encourage members to add their scheduled yard team days to their family calendars at home when our schedules arrive.

St. James has its own lawn equipment, complete with riding mowers and all of the auxiliary tools required for such a large facility. Our hand mowers are the new “personal pace” self-propelled units that really make the work easy. We do our best to keep the equipment in good operating order. 

WHEN AND WHERE WE MEET:

 The teams alternate working on Saturday mornings, March through October. We have a Yard Team Breakfast on the Saturday morning prior to the first Saturday on our schedule, usually in early March.

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME:

 On those Saturdays that you will not be available, you can call and swap days with someone on another team. It is not necessary to personally know the person you call to arrange trading days. Your service will be just as valuable if your busy schedule requires you to swap days throughout the year.

Working on a yard team is a great way to begin participating in the life at St. James. When you know four or five people at a church fairly well, you have a good start in feeling a part of the congregation. The yard teams provide a way to get to know a few people well. As initially stated, our work is integral to the outreach into the community. Lastly, we find that work in this ministry helps people come to that point where they feel a sense of “ownership” in the parish.

WHOM DO I CONTACT:

Bob Birkenback
214-837-5169
Email: bbirkenback@yahoo.com  bloree@yahoo.com

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