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

Gardening volunteers St Michael’s Church Yard

 
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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:

St Augustine’s Church is a registered Place of Welcome. As such we aim to increase the hours that we keep St Augustine’s church open to the public from the initial Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-2pm. We have not yet got sufficient volunteers to keep St Michael’s open outside of the regular service times. 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