Guidelines and Suggestion for Helpers
- The tent must be open and ready by 8:30 a.m., when the Plowing Match opens. Devotions begin at 8:00a.m.
- There must be at least one helper in the tent at all times.
- All helpers should be aware of the dress code: no slacks or shorts for the ladies and no jeans or t-shirts for the men. Wear good footwear! You are encouraged to bring a raincoat, boots and umbrella.
- Every new helper will be briefed when they get to the tent. Questions, comments and suggestions are encouraged.
- There will time give for coffee breaks and a lunch break. There are many good food vendors available if you do not wish to take a lunch.
- Avoid any discussion about wrong doctrines or ideas of other churches (such as women in office, cremation, etc.) or differences between Reformed churches, and do not get lured into arguments. If you are speaking with a contentious person walk with him out of the tent further down the street or offer to go for a coffee. Focus all conversations to spread the gospel.
- When you are in front of the tent, encourage people to come in and browse.
- When distributing tracts, keep behind the line and do not stand and chat with other helpers in front of the tent. You are encouraged to take turns in distributing tracts. If you find yourself becoming mechanical and not thinking about what you are doing or for what purpose, pass the tracts to someone else. Take a break and have some quiet time, asking God to bless the labour of your hands. It is easy to become mindless especially at times when you are faced with crowds of people. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”
- All helpers interested in follow up work are encouraged to purchase their books at the Plowing Match.
- The Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible is the only Bible version to be sold (Articles 2 and 9 of the constitution). Please respect this decision even though you may not agree.
- All books are sold at cost price.
- If you feel called to give a Bible to someone who does not have one, you are encouraged to give a cost effective Bible as opposed to an expensive leather bound copy.
- Purchases can be paid by cash or cheque. You are not permitted to write out an invoice for them to send payment later.
- It is appreciated if all helpers participate in keeping the dust off the books (cloths and paint brushes are supplied).
Updated May 2016