Different Ways to Get Involved at St Mary’s

Christian Stewardship calls us to offer our time and talents for the work of the church locally. There are a wide range of ways in which you can get involved identified below and you are invited to consider prayerfully what you can offer to and through the ministry at St. Mary’s.

A snapshot of some of the jobs requiring volunteers at St. Mary’s include:

Fundraising Team 
 What is required: To join our teams fundraising for conservation & renewal of our Church & Church Centre buildings – making them both sound and better equipped for our 21st century mission. Helping apply to grant-making bodies, coordinate appeals, and communicate with our own congregation & the wider public.
 Frequency: As required
 For more information: the Churchwardens via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Creche – 9:30am service
 What is required: Helpers to set out toys, welcome parents & children, play with children aged 0-3 in the side chapel during the 9:30am service until Communion, and clear away.
 Frequency: Helpers are on duty approximately twice per term depending upon numbers
 For more information:  Church Office – 01403 253762

Baptism visitors
 What is required: Ambassadors for St. Mary’s to visit prospective baptism families in their home (one visit) to get to know them & explain more about Baptism (& St. Mary’s for young families), accompany them to a Kairos service, & attend the Baptism. Training to be given.
 Frequency: c. 3 times a year
 For more information: the Vicar – vicar@horshamstmarys.org.uk

Coffee servers – 9:30am service
 What is required: Helpers to arrive c.9:00am, set everything up and brew flasks of coffee. Skip the final hymn to put tea in pot etc, then serve coffee, chat and finally clear up
 Frequency: Once every 6 weeks
 For more information: Pam Dexter – via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Sidesmen for 8:00 and/or evening services
 What is required: People to welcome and assist worshippers to church, hand out books, count communicants, take the collection, collect up books and tidy pews etc.
 Frequency: on duty once every 3 weeks
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Midweek Church Welcomers 
 What is required: People to sit in church, welcome visitors and communicate with them as required
 Frequency: regular basis arranged to suit you – e.g. 1 hour/week
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Social events organisers
 What is required: People to join the hands-on & creative Hospitality Team in planning, facilitating and catering for social events for all ages. Enthusiasm, ideas & practical skills very welcome.
 Frequency: Termly planning meetings, and social events during the year
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Choir members
 What is required: Men, women and children to sing in the choir. Must be able to sing in tune but do not need to be budding solo artistes!
 Frequency: Need to attend choir practice on Wednesday nights (7:00 – 8:10pm for children; 7:30 – 9:00pm for adults) and commit to at least 1 service on Sundays when not away
 For more information: Valerie Lintott or Jeremy Weaver – via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Flower Arrangers
 What is required: Helpers to check and rearrange flowers at weekends and tidy up where necessary. Particular flower arranging skills are not required – just a love of flowers
 Frequency: About 3 or 4 times a year at the weekend, plus additional help for festivals
 For more information: Carol Stalley or Sheila Glaysher – via the Church Office – 01403 253762

TGI Fridays Helpers
 What is required: Adult helpers for Friday night youth club for 11 – 18 year old’s. Build relationships, supervise games such as table tennis, football & operate tuck shop. Occasional: Trips out to trampoline parks, climbing, ice skating etc.
 Frequency: Part of a rota – at least once per month but preferably twice. Friday nights from 6:45 – 9:15. 
 For more information: Lee Buck via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Youth Ministry
 What is required: Adults to help work and share faith with young people (particularly ages 11+) at St Mary’s. A range of roles are required from teaching/supervising on Sunday mornings with The Core to one off events and weekends/weeks away with Parish groups.
 Frequency: Part of rota for Sunday mornings 9.30 to 11.00 am; Monthly Sunday evenings 7.30 to 9.30 pm; One off weekends/weeks in School holidays.
 For more information: Lee Buck via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Children’s ministry
 What is required: Adults to work with our Family & Children’s Worker to help staff and run our various groups and events for children (e.g. the Lighthouse). Frequency: As required on a rota basis
 For more information: Laura Fletcher – 01403 253762

Little Footprints
 What is required: Help to set up, clear away and host this St. Mary’s parent/toddler group.
 Frequency: As needed on Friday morning
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Kairos
 What is required: coffee servers, welcomers, musicians/singers, readers, A/V help … let us know how you would like to help!
 Frequency: Monthly or on a rota basis
 For more information: Laura Fletcher – 01403 253762

Bellringers
 What is required: People of any age to ring church bells; either those with previous ringing experience or complete beginners.
 Frequency: Practice on Tuesdays (7.30 – 9.15pm) and Sunday service ringing at 8.45 – 9.30am and 6:00 – 6.30pm
 For more information: Val Burgess- via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Office Volunteers
 What is required: Ambassadors for St. Mary’s to warmly welcome our many callers & give them practical admin help (& assistance to the Church administrator) – training to be given.
 Frequency: “10am -12noon and 12noon-2pm weekday slots” or on an ad hoc basis.
 For more information: Laura Fletcher – via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Servers
 What is required: People of any age to help with the preparation of the communion vessels etc. and to help serve at the altar. Full training will be given.
 Frequency: As available mainly for 9.30am service
 For more information: Chris Button – via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Cleaners
 What is required: People of any age to help with cleaning the Church
 Frequency: As available mainly on Friday mornings, but at any time to suit
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Decorators
 What is required: People of any age to help with painting and decorating
 Frequency: As available for various projects
 For more information: Nigel Stalley via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Volunteer drivers
 What is required: To drive people to hospital and doctor appointments
 Frequency: As needed – when you are available
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Cooking and Catering
 What is required: Preparation and delivery of a meal in case of illness or bereavement and/or help with catering for social function and/or Sunday Lunch Club
 Frequency: As needed – Sunday lunches are held on the third Sunday of each month.
 For more information: Val Burgess for catering and Veronica James for Sunday Lunch Club via the Church Office – 01403 253762

Publicity
 What is required: To help our office team publicise St Mary’s, services and events to the wider world
 Frequency: As required
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 253762

Verger Team
 What is required: To help with the hosting and smooth running of services.
 Frequency: As required on a rota basis
 For more information: Church Office – 01403 372499

Please note:
Admission to some of these ministries is under the authority of the Vicar and Churchwardens. Please note that, in line with our Parish and Diocesan
Safeguarding policy, certain voluntary roles require a DBS check, to be coordinated by St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer.