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Welcomer/Day Stewards at St Michael’s and St Augustine’s

Gardening volunteers St Michael’s Church Yard

Organist at St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley (Please scroll down)

 

Volunteering Role Description - Welcomer/Day Steward at St Augustine’s and St Michael’s churches

 Name of Role: Welcomer/Day Steward

 Time commitment required: From two hours per week (by negotiation).

 Explanation and overall purpose of the role:

We aim to increase the hours that we keep our church buildings open to the public. Our buildings are places of prayer and worship, places of quiet and peace. Sometimes people simply want to come in and remain anonymous, spend a few minutes lighting a candle or praying quietly. Others come in to chat and to find out about the church and what kind of activities the churches gets involved with and supports. The role of a welcome or day steward is important, it requires a level of discernment and sensitivity to people’s particular needs when they visit.

The overall purpose of the role is to make visitors feel welcome, and, as required give information about the church building and the activities that take place in them. 

 Key relationships important to this role

The Team Rector/Team Vicar and other Clergy, the Church Wardens for the church at which this role is being carried out, the Volunteer Coordinator.

 Specific duties:

·     To arrive at an agreed time

·     Ensure the building is lit and warm

·     To welcome members of the public, assessing whether visitors wish to chat or be allowed their personal space and time to use the building for prayer etc

·     To make available printed leaflet providing information about St Augustine’s or St Michael’s Church, its activities and heritage

·     To encourage visitors to sign up for the monthly Parish email

·     To offer refreshments (tea/coffee) to visitors as appropriate (if available)

·     To keep a log of visitor numbers.

·     Aware of procedures of hand-over and securing the building at the end of each period of duty

·     Aware of the procedures in the event of an accident or other incident

 Training and support provided:

·     Orientation and introduction to St Augustine’s or St Michael’s Church, it’s lay out, contents and heritage

·     A full explanation of our values, mission and activities locally and printed materials available to visitors

·     A full orientation and explanation of the purpose and duties of the role of Welcomer/Steward

·     Orientation in health and safety aspects of the role – location of accident/incident book, knowledge of contacts in case of incidents/accidents

·     Supervision by volunteer coordinator

 Specific requirements of the role:

DBS clearance for Safeguarding purposes. 

TO APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER CALL Michael on 07522 734745


 

Volunteering Role Description – Churchyard Volunteer at St Michael’s Church

Name of Role: Churchyard Volunteer

Time commitment required: From two hours per week (by negotiation).

Explanation and overall purpose of the role:

St. Michael’s Churchyard has great significance to the local community. Many who have passed away in the local community have been buried there or had their ashes laid to rest there. Every day, people visit the Churchyard to pay their respects to loved ones. The Churchyard is mowed during the summer months by people in the Community Payback Scheme. However, without volunteers, there is no-one to help carry out general maintenance of the whole Churchyard. As we aim to maintain the Churchyard to a good standard, the role of a Churchyard Volunteer is vital. They do not necessarily need a great deal of knowledge about gardening, flowers, and the like (though of course it would be useful if you did), but a desire to maintain such a special area in good order. It also requires some degree of sensitivity to people who might be visiting graves at that particular time.

The overall purpose of the role is to help keep the church grounds looking well cared for, by carrying out general garden maintenance.

Key relationships important to this role

The Team Vicar and other Clergy, St. Michael’s Church Wardens, the Volunteer Coordinator.

Specific duties:

  • To arrive at an agreed time

  • Sweeping paths

  • Pruning, trimming and cutting back bushes, hedges, ivy and tress

  • Strimming and/or clearing of leaves from the Garden of Rest area

  • Clearing any leaves and litter, and moving any branches to the bins/the skip

  • Weeding

  • Other relevant duties from time to time if they arise, such as cleaning benches

  • To be pleasant, polite and considerate of any visitors to the Churchyard or Church

  • Take responsibility of your own personal safety and aware of the procedures in the event of an accident or other incident

  • To report any issues to the Volunteer Coordinator and/or Vicar

Training and support provided:

  • Introduction to St. Michael’s Church and Churchyard, including its lay out

  • Explanation of the purpose and duties of the role of Churchyard Volunteer

  • Orientation in health and safety aspects of the role – location of accident/incident book, knowledge of contacts in case of incidents/accidents

  • Basic gardening equipment, including strimmer, provided (please bring your own gloves if desired)

  • Supervision by volunteer coordinator

Specific requirements of the role:

DBS clearance for Safeguarding purposes. 

TO APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER CALL Michael on 07522 734745

 

St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley is seeking a new organist

St Augustine’s is an open, inclusive church with a flexible liturgical tradition. We have a growing choir with an excellent director with whom our new organist/keyboard player will work closely. We value music as a means of bringing people from our wider community together to sing in a variety of settings. We recognise the therapeutic value of music and singing as a means of fostering wellbeing. We have local connections with musicians in our schools and are keen to explore the development of all age and young people’s choirs.

For an informal conversation with the Incumbent about this post email davidmaevans1@gmail.com.

Application is by CV and covering letter to davidmaevans1@gmail.com

Closing date: 12.00pm January 31st 2019

Person Specification

Qualities and Skills - Essential

Excellent keyboard skills on the organ, and piano, including playing the pedal board of the organ

The ability to develop mature and harmonious working relationships.

An excellent communicator.

A willingness to take initiative and think strategically.

The ability to be friendly, flexible and employ a good sense of humour.

In sympathy and supportive of inclusive values in the life of the church.

Appreciates that music can play a key role in the mission of the church locally.

Experience - Essential

Has played in church services.

Familiar with liturgical worship where musical settings are used for Eucharistic and other services.

Worked as part of a team and values a collaborative team working ethos

Can demonstrate a flexible approach to music making.

Qualities and Skills - Desirable

An appreciation of the wider Anglican church family and the issues facing parishes in challenging situations.

Able to be a role model as a musician that inspires young people to musical excellence.

Willing to give occasional recitals as appropriate.

Experience - Desirable

Familiar with Common Worship liturgy.

Has worked with church choir(s).

Has worked with musicians playing other instruments with an ability to play the organ in ways that complement and enhance the overall sound.

Worked with full age range of people playing instruments and singing in choirs (worked with school-age children and school staff)

Familiar with different genres of church music and happy to participate in music of different styles and genres.

Contributed to the process of renewal and mission through music and singing.

Role Description

Music at St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley.

St Augustine’s is entering a new phase of music ministry. We view music as a very important aspect of our mission in Rugeley. Our overall vision for music is to develop musical excellence both in our regular worship services, and as a means of bringing people from our wider community together to sing together in a variety of settings. We recognise the value of music and singing as a means of fostering wellbeing and are keen to explore the therapeutic value of music and singing. We have local connections with musicians in our schools and are keen to explore the development of all age and young people’s choirs. 

We are seeking to appoint an organist on a retainer Agreement who can play for our regular worship services and support and contribute to the overall vision for developing our music ministry.

On a week to week basis the direction of music at St Augustine’s is shared between a choir director and the organist. The organist will also be willing and able to play piano or key board as appropriate.

The choir director chooses the music and hymns, but we are wishing to work collaboratively, so input on the selection of music by the organist is welcome.

The Incumbent approves the final selection of music used in our services. The organist is accountable to the Incumbent and through him/her to the Church Council.

Specific duties with regard to the organ:

(1)           To play at Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m. and up to 10 additional services on Sunday afternoon or evening each year.

(2)           To play at Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

(3)           To play on additional festive occasions or for other special services by arrangement with the Incumbent

(4)           To be responsible for the supervision of maintenance to the church organ and piano and to liaise with the organ and piano tuner. 

Specific duties with regard to the choir:

(1)           To attend a weekly Choir Practice, 6.00-7.30 p.m. each Friday to work with the choir director, by accompanying the choir in rehearsals either on the organ or other key board, ensuring the choir are fully prepared for services.

(2)           To collaborate with the choir director in developing opportunities for performance as they emerge.

Terms and Conditions

Fees

(1)           A retainer fee of £3,000 per annum to be payable monthly by cheque in arrears on or about the first Sunday of each month.

(2)           The fee will be reviewed annually by the Incumbent and organist in October and presented to St. Augustine’s D.C.C. in November for payment from 1st January following.

(3)           Over and above his/her routine duties the organist shall have the opportunity to play at all weddings and funerals in church and will be paid a fee.  

The level of fee will be reviewed annually by the Incumbent and organist in October and presented to the District Church Council in November for payment from 1st January following. 

Holidays

Six weeks in each calendar year, pro rata for part of the calendar year, at such time as agreed with the Incumbent. Holiday may not be taken at Christmas or Easter.

Together the organist, Incumbent and Churchwardens shall be responsible for finding a suitable deputy and the D.C.C. shall defray the cost. 

Illness

Full fee will be paid for up to 2 weeks in any twelve-month period. 

Termination

The Retainer Agreement can be terminated either by the Incumbent with the agreement of the Church Council, or by the organist. Three clear calendar months’ notice to be given either way. 

Child Protection / Vulnerable Adults

We are required by the Diocese to ask the organist to comply with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures adopted by the Parish and to seek clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Duration of Contract

It is anticipated that the organist will be retained during a vacancy and that the Agreement will lapse and be renegotiated upon the arrival of a new Incumbent.