Volunteer Opportunities in the Parish

Appeal for help 2017

Please click on the link below to see the urgent needs for volunteers in the parish. A more detailed list can be found below.

Your help is needed 2017

Either complete the form and drop it into the box in the porch or email Trish Bonnett trishbonnett@rcdow.org.uk  to let her know what you would like to offer to do.

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The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.’

There are many gifts that we can bring to the Child in the manger: The gifts of our time and our talents. Below is a list of some of the activities in the parish where we need your help on a regular or occasional basis. Please consider them and email trishbonnett@rcdow.org.uk to offer your services for the benefit of our parish. Your gift.

Altar linen washing and upkeep – need to keep an eye on the linen used on the altars around the church, change it, wash and iron as required. Occasional commitment


Altar serving and MC – serving at Mass on a Sunday or during the week, MC (Master of Ceremony) – setting up for the Mass and supervising and supporting other altar servers. Weekly Commitment


Bethany club helpers – helping in the kitchen, serving meals and chatting to club members on a Tuesday at the Bethany Club. Weekly/fortnightly/monthly Commitment


Bethany club transport – Giving lifts to the Bethany club members to the club and back home again at the end of the day. Times of lifts vary according to need but likely to be between 11am and 12pm for arrival and 2.30pm for return. Weekly Commitment


Candle Wax removal – ironing carpet with newspaper to soak up spilt wax around the Paschal candle and also wax removal from the floor around the votive candle stands in the side altars. Occasional commitment


Children library upkeep – Tidying up the children’s library area regularly, removing old and tatty books and arranging to get new ones (budget in parish to support this or donations from other parishioners) Occasional commitment


Children’s liturgy – helping on a monthly basis as a leader of the children’s liturgy at the 10.30 Mass on a Sunday or as a helper to support the leader. Training is available. All materials required are provided. (Disclosure and Barring service checks are required for this role) Monthly Commitment


Choir – singing at the 10.30 Mass on the first Sunday of the month, Christmas and Easter supporting the liturgies. Practice on Tuesday evening at 8pm. Other chances to sing occur also. Ideally you need to read music but support is given for those who sing by ear. Weekly Commitment


Church Cleaning – cleaning the church and porch areas on a Saturday or Monday as part of a small team, once a month, to ensure our church is beautiful for the Lord and those who come to worship. Monthly Commitment


Clearing church after Mass – to clear the pews at the end of Mass of hymn books, Mass cards and newsletters and any other items people have left behind after Mass. Need only be done at whatever Mass you normally attend. Weekly Commitment


Colouring packs upkeep – to sharpen pencils, and replenish the colouring packs with pencils and colouring sheets on a weekly basis. Weekly Commitment


Counting collection Sunday – work as part of a small team, once every six weeks to count the offertory collection, update the planned giving records and bag up money ready for banking. Six weekly commitment


Counting collection Monday morning – work as part of a small team once a month to count other monies (eg collection boxes, Mass stipends, record and bag up money ready for banking. Three – Four weekly commitment


CTS books ordering and upkeep – order online books for the Catholic Truth Society stand which will be of interest, and also to maintain a liturgical seasonal flavour. Parish has budget for this (all books are for sale so this pays for itself). Maintain the stand and remove books which are out of season or tatty. Occasional commitment


Eucharistic ministry – to support the Priests during the Mass by distributing communion. Taking communion to those who are in residential care or housebound. Training provided. Next training course begins Saturday 10th January for three consecutive Saturdays 4.30 – 5.30pm. Monthly commitment


Flowers in church – arranging the flowers in the church for ordinary time and special seasons of Christmas and Easter. Working as part of a team. Checking flowers are watered. Occasional commitment


Fundraising activities –  this can vary according to what activities are in place but currently need someone to monitor the Easyfundraising website activities and also we would like to start selling parishioner donated items on ebay to raise funds. Ideally someone who is an experienced ebayer could take this on. Occasional commitment


Gardening Team – to maintain the gardens and grounds which also includes mowing and leaf raking. Part of a team. Occasional commitment


Gateway Club –  helpers and supporters of the club for people with learning difficulties. It meets on alternate Saturday afternoons in the Church Hall. Various activities are made available from playing with a computer, listening and playing music to just spending time having fun amongst friends. Fortnightly commitment


Hall Maintenance – to keep on eye on the hall (to support the volunteer hall manager) to ensure it is tidy, chairs are in right place and kitchen has been left clean and tidy. Occasional commitment


Library upkeep – to be part of a team to tidy adult library area, and keep books in order and ensure they are seasonally appropriate. Occasional commitment


Ministers of the Word – to support the liturgy of the Word during Sunday and daily Mass  by proclaiming the Word of God. Training provided. Six weekly commitment


Music group – provides music at the 10.30 Mass for the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. Any instrument welcome. Twice monthly commitment


Newsletter editing and printing –  as part of a team compiling, editing and printing the weekly newsletter on the 5th Saturday of the month and holiday cover for other team members. Occasional commitment


Noticeboard upkeep – to keep the noticeboards tidy and up-to-date. Weekly commitment


Parish Maintenance Team – to help as a handy person as part of a team to maintain the church and hall. Occasional commitment


Pastoral Parish Council – to support the parish by being a member of the council, attending 6 meetings per year and taking on responsibility for an area of interest for the parish. 4 vacancies at present which need to be filled as soon as possible. Bi-monthly commitment


Organists/keyboard players –  to support the music at the 8.30 and 10.30 am Masses Occasional commitment


Selling religious cards and other items after Mass – to provide religious cards and items for parishioners after 8.30 and 10.30 Sunday Mass as part of a team. Monthly commitment

Snow clearing team – to clear paths and provide a path across car park before weekend or daily Mass when snow falls to ensure parishioners can attend Mass safely. Occasional commitment


Sound system set up on Sunday – to set up sound equipment for 10.30 and occasionally 5pm Mass and control sound output from main console. Training provided. 2-3 weekly commitment


Taking up collection – to take up collection during the Sunday Mass that you regularly attend as part of a team. Weekly Commitment


Transport for parishioners – to help parishioners who are without transport get to vital places eg hospital and doctor appointments. Occasional commitment


Transport to Mass – to help parishioners who are without transport to get to Sunday Mass. Weekly Commitment


Visiting housebound – to visit housebound parishioners so they do not feel lonely and have contact with someone from the parish. Occasional commitment


Welcoming – to greet people as they come to Mass and give them a newsletter and hymn book where appropriate. Working as part of a team. Weekly Commitment


Youth Ministry – to support Fun Sundays and youth events in the parish.  Occasional Commitment