Rotas and volunteers
Christ Church has a strong tradition of lay involvement in its worship, and members of the congregation work with the Rector to prepare and assist at the weekly services and helping to lead them. They assist at Communion and lead intercessions along with other members of the congregation.
Many members of the congregation help within the service as volunteers. Others participate in readings and prayers. They also provide informal pastoral care and alert the interim pastor of any needs. Groups of willing volunteers undertake a range of other jobs including flower arranging organised through a flower rota, brass cleaning, coffee mornings and charitable events, and support during the occasional concerts (e.g. a Ukulele Concert by Jim Benton-Evans 2 February 2018) and study days that are held in the church.
A member of the congregation organises the Church rotas for each three-month cycle. This includes identifying preachers, lay assistants, readers, servers, welcoming, setting up, musical support, and the relevant member of the ‘Coffee team’ for every Sunday Service. Several members of Vestry are also lay assistants, and all Vestry members welcome the congregation before services and assist the congregation during the service when appropriate on a rotational basis. There is also a list of those who can lead intercessions as and when required. These are selected in advance by the lay assistant on duty in association with the clergy presiding at the service.
If you would like to provide flowers and/or join the flower rota, please contact Joan Noble. After Sunday worship, the altar flowers are taken to those who are sick or homebound.
2 and 9 September Suzy Donaldson
16 and 23 September Joan Wheadon
30 September Jennifer Kinghorn
7 October Harvest festival: Flower Group and Members of the Church
14 and 23 October Marlene Young
28 October and 4 November Valerie Wallis and Carolyn Allison
11 and 18 November Janet Starkey
25 November and 2 December Kate Lester
NB. Whenever oasis has been used, it must be kept moist. Please place old oasis into the marked blue bin which is kept in the kitchen.
Artificial flowers can be used mixed with fresh flowers of the season, Also artificial flowers can be used with fresh greenery.