“I will prove to you that I have faith by showing you my good deeds.” James 2:18

Ministering to others is showing love for our neighbour in a practical way. Ministry in the Church is considered to be a vocation. Not everyone is called to serve in this way but many are and with discernment and prayer the right path can be found. There are many opportunities to minister within the community and we are always delighted to hear from you if you would like to take part.

Liturgical ministry

Welcoming and stewarding
We strive to be a parish where everyone is welcome. Ministering to those who visit or those who gather regularly at church is the first step to fostering community, building a sense of belonging and drawing all who gather deeper into the life of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Ministers of the Word
The proclaiming of scripture during Mass and at other times is vital. When we listen to God’s living Word we come to a deeper understanding of the relationship between God and his people and are challenged and inspired to respond. Listening to a reader who is enthusiastic, engaged and reads with understanding brings the Word alive and helps us all grow in faith.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound enables them to take part in the life of the Church. As well as being of great spiritual comfort, this ministry also fosters relationships and helps to build up the community. Helping to distribute Holy Communion at Mass enables the gift of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, to be celebrated and shared fully among the community.

Music ministry
Music plays an important part of any liturgy in the Church. St Augustine taught that to sing is to pray twice. Leading the community in worship and praise brings joy to all who take part and we are always pleased to welcome those who have particular musical skills.

Altar servers
We are blessed with servers in the parish who minister at all Masses and truly enhance the liturgy. We welcome girls and boys, women and men to this ministry and are always happy to talk to you about this. Children will have usually received Holy Communion for the first time before serving.

Other ministries

There are many other ways to serve the community including flower arranging, church cleaning, gardening, catering and serving, as well as membership of the Parish Pastoral Council, Property Maintenance Team or serving on the Finance Committee.

To learn more, please contact the Parish Office on 01297 32135 or email [email protected]