There are always opportunities to get involved with the life of St John's.
The following teams are currently in need of help:
Café Church setup and tear down team
Please contact the Church Office, or the relevant contact person below, if you would like to help fill any of the roles above. You can find out more about each of the voluntary teams at St John's below, all of them are keen to welcome new volunteers so please do get in touch if you have a specific area you would like to be involved with.
Operating the audio system at St John’s is a great way of serving the congregations and supporting the ministry and worship teams by ensuring the speech and music can be heard clearly by everyone. This involves setting up and putting away equipment, adjusting the many tone and levels controls during the service, and making recordings for those who are unable to be there on the day. If you feel that this is an area where you could contribute, please contact Phil Nichols or the church office.
If you feel able to be part of the Cafe Church team, either 'Set Up', 'Tear Down', 'Refreshments', or 'Welcome', please contact Emma Blair or the church office, who will be able to give you more information.
Duty Wardens are required to arrive at the church 30 mins before the start of the service to assist with setting up. You will be on duty during the service but often little to do, apart from counting the congregation and be available for any emergencies. At the end of the service you will need to help clear up, count money and lock up. To begin with, you will work alongside an experienced warden. If you are interested in becoming a Duty Warden, please contact Phil Allen or the church office.
Running the Easyworship during services is an enjoyable way to be part of St John's and to praise God. This is the computer that puts on the screen the words for music, prayers, readings etc and volunteers usually need to serve on the rota about once a month, or less at either 9am or 11am on a Sunday. Please contact Jill Jacobs for the 9am congregation and L
uc Ray-Mathur for the 11am congregation, if you are interested in helping with Easyworship during services and other events held at St John's. Alternatively please contact the church office
We aim to provide and arrange floral decorations in church each week, with arrangements in the entrance porch and at the front of church. Working on a rota basis, arrangements are usually prepared on a Friday or Saturday in readiness for our weekly services.
For annual festivals, at Christmas, Easter and Harvest, we meet on a Saturday morning, when a warm welcome is given to anyone able to help. This provides us with a great opportunity to all meet together and share ideas over refreshments.
If you would like to get involved in this area of ministry, either to join our regular team or to occasionally provide flowers or foliage, please get in touch with the Church Office.
If you are interested in helping out with office administration, ie. folding and organising leaflets and other administration, please contact Noelle Gore, Operations Manager.
Readers, Intercessors and Prayer Ministry
If you would like to be on the rota as a Reader/Intercessor or be part of the Prayer Ministry Team, please contact the Church Office.
Pastoral Care Team
The team meets once a month, and is made up of a group of pastoral visitors & helpers. The pastoral care team seek to ensure the people do not fall through the net. They endeavour to help when members have difficulties such as bereavement, illness, family difficulties, are housebound or lonely. They assist the vicar by visiting and taking communion to the housebound. Please contact the Church Office for further details.
This is such a valuable area to serve and you can do it from home! If you are part of the prayer chain, a member of the church family will contact you occasionally and give you details of prayer requests. For further information about this area of service, please contact Lis Eaton or the Church Office.
A rota of three people serve tea and coffee etc. each week after the 9 and 11am services. There is also a separate rota for refreshments at Café Church. It involves arriving before the service to set up, and serving and clearing away afterwards. This is a great way of getting to know people and to serve the church in a non-demanding way. Currently the duty occurs every 6-8 weeks, but with more volunteers the frequency would be lessened. If you feel able to help or would like to know more please contact Diana Evans for the 9am service, Christine Horsley for the 11am service or Emma Blair for Café Church or contact the church office.
There are various times throughout the year where we need people to help set up the church for different events and special services. If you feel you could be part of this team, please contact Noelle Gore, Operations Manager.
The Light Factory & Revival Youth
Children's & youth work is a fun and rewarding way to serve within the church. Volunteers will usually need to serve on the rota about once a month at, or less at the 11am Sunday service. If you'd like to become a helper at the Light Factory or Revival Youth you will need to undergo a DBS check, please speak to Andy Williams to arrange this.
Many people have commented on the warm welcome they receive when they first come to St John’s. This is everyone’s responsibility, but there is also a dedicated team at each Sunday congregation who welcome everyone to the service, hand out leaflets if needed and ensure new people have somewhere to sit. You would be required to arrive at the service 15 mins before it starts and be on the rota once a month, or less. Anyone wanting to be part of the Welcome Team please contact Rosemary Harrold for the 9am service and Diana Ray-Mathur for the 11am service or contact the church office.
(2018 opportunites - Alpha)
Alpha needs a team of people to help with: cooking meals, serving food, washing up, and helping in the discussion groups. If you can help in any way please ask the Church Office to pass your contact details to the Alpha Coordinators, Tracey and Ivan Fearn. Our next Alpha course will be March/April 2018.