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Get Involved

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.

Richard Benson
richard@richardbenson.com 

Lucy Quick
lucyquick@perform.org.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

Serving at the Eucharist is a brilliant way to get involved in the life of St Mary's, and to learn more about worshipping God 'in the beauty of holiness'. We are always on the look out for more help - full training will be provided! We pride ourselves at St Mary's on having a strong team of servers, young and old. 

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.

Miriam Rinsler
mimpol@hotmail.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?

Amanda Marin (Stewards & Welcomers)
samandam@talktalk.net

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 in services & leading Intercessions

Reading and leading prayers during worship are great ways to participate in services. No experience necessary! A member of the clergy is always happy to give you advice and support. To join the rota contact

Judy Greengrass
readers@smvph.org.uk

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.

Britt Quinn (Flowers)
quinnbritt@gmail.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,  office@smvph.org.uk