Our Church | Volunteering

St Mary’s would not be the vibrant church it is without the help of dozens of volunteers who lend a hand in activities ranging from the Sunday School and youthwork, to cleaning the church and welcoming people to church on Sunday mornings. If you want to get more involved, please contact the following either at church or via the Parish Office:

Sunday School

We are always on the look-out for helpers and teachers.

Debbie Smith (Sunday school coordinator)
debbysmith13@yahoo.co.uk

Youthwork

You don’t have to be a qualified youthworker to get involved in helping with our various groups. Come to a couple of sessions and test it out. Chill out with the youth.

Jason Allen (Youth Work coordinator)
jason.allen@smvph.org.uk

Thursday Teas

Every Thursday morning we invite you to join us in the parish room for coffee, tea, scones, cake and conversation. A midday eucharist rounds off the morning for those who wish to stay.

Christine Brace
cbonline@btinternet.com

Church Cleaning

Keeping the church ‘spic and span’ is a tall order, particularly in the run up to the festivals and after big events. We would welcome volunteers.

Please contact one of our churchwardens or Celyn Cooke (Parish Administrator) office@smvph.org.uk 

Servers

In a liturgical church such as St Mary’s, being a server is a privilege and a responsibility. It can also appear very intimidating if you have never done it before, but it need not be so. The Head Server will be glad to talk you through it so that you feel at home.

Kimberly Gilmour (Head Server)
kimberly@rg-media.co.uk

Sacristy

A lot of work in preparing for services goes on behind scenes. Trimming candles, mending vestments and washing altar linen are just part of the sacristans’ lot. It’s a case of many hands make light work, and the sacristy team are always on the look-out for helpers.

Roberta Berke 
robertaberke@btinternet.com

Welcome Ministry

First impressions count! Welcoming people to church with a smile and helping them feel at home without being intrusive, is quite an art-form. Our team of stewards undertake this important function at St Mary’s. Why not join them?

Sheena McCaffrey(Stewards Coordinator)
sheena_mccaffrey@hotmail.com

Choir

The choir may not be professionals, but they maintain high standards of musicianship, including a commitment to rehearse for an hour before the Parish Eucharist. It’s both challenging and rewarding singing in the choir.

Tony Henwood (Organist and Choir Master)
tonyhenwood@yahoo.co.uk

Bryan Almond (Assistant Organist)
balmond@aptina.com

Reading the lesson or leading the Intercessions

A sign-up sheet for readers and intercessors is posted on the noticeboard on the left-hand side of the church. If you have never done read in church and feel apprehensive, just talk to one of the clergy who will be glad to give you advice and help.

To join the rota contact Oyinda Robinson (Readers’ & Intercessors’)
oyins@orange.net

Flowers

The beautiful flower arrangements in church don’t happen by magic. Some people like to sponsor flowers on a given Sunday perhaps in remembrance of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for the birth of a child. If you are interested in so doing, in helping on a regular or occasional basis (particularly at festivals when we are stretched) please be in touch.

Barbara Burrows (Flowers)
barbaraburrows@btinternet.com

Events

We put on a huge number of events over the year, ranging from a Barn Dance at Harvest, to a Designer Fair at Christmas, to Summer Lectures, and numerous concerts. All of them need a team of volunteers to work together, and clear up the church afterwards. Would you come on our list of helpers?

Contact the Parish Office,  Vicar or churchwardens if you would like to offer your help.