At St. Cuthbert's we love to offer opportunities for people to contribute their skills, talents and enthusiasm in order to help with the day-to-day running of the church and church hall. Our church wardens and vergers ensure the efficient running of services, but we are always on the lookout for additional sides people who help with giving out hymn books and service sheets, collecting offerings and giving the warm welcome we strive to provide to all visitors.
You may also wish to use your gifts to assist with the worship at St. Cuthbert's. Parishioners have the opportunity to work with our Lay Minister to assist the Priest in Charge with the planning of services, as well as taking it in turns to provide intercessions (prayers) and to read out the Old and New Testament readings.
If you would prefer, there are opportunities to help provide refreshments following our services, as well as for social and special events, where we provide hospitality for our congregation and the wider public.
Other ways in which our congregation get involved include:
- Stewarding - St. Cuthbert's opens each weekday from Easter until the end of September thanks to a team of 30 stewards
- Administration - a variety of volunteers carry out administrative tasks including: taking bookings for the hall & church; producing publicity and online content; answering telephone and email enquiries; and editing the church magazine
- Site – volunteers are also instrumental in assisting our caretaker with the maintenance of our site, including cleaning the church and the surrounding areas
- Future Foundations Group – this group is responsible for the planning and delivery of our Future Foundations project, which includes applying for grants and liaising with contractors and architects
- Creative – as well as opportunities to get involved in the musical life of the church, creative individuals help us to make our church an attractive and welcoming place to be. Tasks include flower arranging, calligraphy for the memorial book and running social media
The range of volunteering opportunities on offer is huge and we hope there is a way for everyone to use their gifts to get involved in the community of St. Cuthbert’s. We also welcome volunteers from outside of our usual congregation. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, build confidence and gain experience for your CV. We also welcome students who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and require volunteering opportunities. Please contact us for more information on how to get involved.