‘There is a ministry for everyone, each according to your means’ 2 Corinthians 8.11
The thriving life of St Michael’s is chiefly a result of the many people who offer their time and skills to the glory of God and the service of his church.
Volunteers are the heart of our parish. To find out more about volunteering opportunities within the church please read on, or click here to see our Time and Talents leaflet.
‘Holy Dusters’ (Church Cleaning)
The Holy Dusters meet at St Michael’s every other Saturday morning from 10-11am. The aim is to keep the church looking at its best for visitors and all those who worship here each week. It is an opportunity to take care of this beautiful church and to get to know other members of the congregation outside of services, and to show our love for St Michael’s in the simplest and most practical way from time to time. Just one hour six times a year is all that is required and help us to keep St Michael’s clean, welcoming and tidy.
Church Flowers (‘Flower Fairies’)
The flower arrangers provide arrangements and displays each week on a rota, as well as particularly special displays for festivals and big events. No experience necessary and the arrangements and vases can be put in place in less than an hour. Please speak to Jane Gardiner or Fiona Brannon if you think you might be able to help.
To intercess for and on behalf of the congregation by saying the prayers in worship is an important part of our worship. It gives time to reflect and pray for others and to give thanks for our blessings. Intercessors join the team by invitation of the Vicar and after some initial training. Joining the intercessor’s team is a great privilege but also a challenge in the sense that we are enablers of prayer for others. Children also often read the prayers at Family Services.
The loyal and cheerful band of servers give their time enthusiastically to help contribute to the beauty and order of our worship at St Michael’s as acolytes (carrying candles) crucifers (carrying the cross), thurifer (incense) and as MC or Subdeacon. Reverent but also relaxed, slick but unfussy, servers have the joy of directly assisting in worship, but also setting up and clearing away afterwards so that everything goes smoothly. If you think you might like to have a go please get in touch with Andy Puddifoot. There is a rota, so it doesn’t need to be every week. Children also often take part as boat boy/girl at the monthly Family Mass.
Sunday Morning Refreshments
Jesus was always welcoming people with food and drink, and the team serving tea, coffee, biscuits (and sometimes cakes, wine and canapés!) after services on Sunday mornings is an important part of the Christian ministry of welcome and hospitality. There is a rota and pairs of people normally help out about once every six weeks. It involves setting up beforehand, serving the congregation, and clearing away afterwards. In good weather, refreshments are served in the cloister outside.