Get Involved

Ways to serve at St John's

There’s something for everyone at St John’s, and we encourage people to get involved with the church community at whatever level they feel comfortable. Whether it’s helping with the flowers, serving tea and coffee or welcoming visitors, we’d love to hear from you.

Servers prepare our services and assist with the ceremony, which enriches our worship at St John’s.

You can become a Junior server from the age 8 or over. You then spend the first few months as probationers and are trained in various duties, such as assisting with the candles, ablutions etc.

Adult servers assist with duties such as carrying the Cross, acolytes, serving at the altar, and supervising the serving team on specific Sundays.

If you would like to join our serving team, or simply to have more information, please contact the Minister in Charge.

There are no spectators at an act of worship. Everyone takes part in one way or another. But there are some particular roles which you could help with.

Reading the Bible

If you are interested in joining the team of readers, Penny Wheble will give you more information.

Writing / reading prayers

The prayers which are offered at the 10.00 service are written and read by members of the congregation. The team is led by Penny Wheble who would be pleased to give you more information.

Our Welcomers and Sidespeople are the frontline of our mission at St John’s. Welcomers greet people, usually before they set foot inside the building. The Sidespeople assist the Wardens with their duties.

If you would like to help on either team, simply speak to a Churchwarden.

A parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity approved at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) or co-opted by the PCC. They are also trustees of the charity.

How often does the PCC meet?

Members of the PCC meet on the second Thursday of each month. Each member of the PCC is also a member of a sub group which meets each month.

How long do members serve on the PCC?

Members serve one, two or three years. Each year one third of the membership stand down.

If you would like to know more please contact the Church Wardens

Flowers in church add to the beauty of our worship. Our Flower Team are responsible for the displays you will see in Church.

We aim to replace these arrangements each week, with the exception of Lent and Advent when we do not have flowers in Church.

Would you like to help? You do not need to be an expert!

If you would like more information on Wedding or Memorial flowers, or would like to offer your help on the rota, please contact Jane Lavender

Having a beautiful building, churchyard and graveyard is a great joy. But it doesn’t happen by accident! Regular cleaning and maintenance needs to be carried out carefully and with commitment.

Almost all of our maintenance work at St John’s is carried out by volunteers; only occasionally do we employ contractors for specialist work. We need cleaners, gardeners and maintenance people.

If you have time, or specialist skills, which you are able to offer please speak to our Churchwarden.

We know it's not always possible to get to church - so we're building a community online too.

If you're struggling to get out and about, or you're working at the weekend, we're here for you too.