In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul urges its members there to “offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” (Romans 12:1) In other words, our Christian worship and fellowship is expressed in the offering of our whole selves to God.
Paul then goes on to explain how we can do this – by serving God with our gifts, our talents, our money, and our time. He makes it clear that each and every member of the church has different God-given gifts. They are all to be used in the same way: to bring glory to God, and for the benefit of His whole church.
So we are thankful for those who already use their gifts in God’s service. We also long to see everyone joining in, using all our gifts to serve God as part of our grateful, joyful and enthusiastic worship at St Paul’s.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved with all that God is doing here. Our intention is that you should consider where God is calling you to worship through service.
A rota system is in place so you would not be expected to do something every Sunday!
Sidespeople are responsible for what in theatres is known as ‘front of house’. They are an important part of the ministry of welcome at St Paul’s, they hand out the service books and hymn sheets, they arrange for and conduct the collection and serve refreshments at the end of the service. We need people with a big smile who will give a warm welcome to everyone, but particularly newcomers, and provide information and help to anyone who needs it.
Reading the first lesson from either the Old or New Testament during the 10.00am service at St Paul’s. Don’t worry everyone gets nervous! You will be told the reading before so you can practice and become familiar with it. Just be yourself, read slowly and clearly.
Prayers You are probably thinking I can’t do this! Prayer is often a very personal thing and it can be daunting to lead the whole church. Leading prayers does not require a degree in poetry and prose, but is most effective in simple, clear everyday language. There are guidelines for intercessions that you can follow. You can speak to Nick or Rachel for advice.
Prayer Ministry St Paul’s offer those attending the 10.00am service the chance to seek prayer for a need for themselves, to pray through a concern they have for others, or simply to share in giving thanks for God’s blessings to them. You will be part of a team of two. You will need to be a good listener with a sensitive approach to those you meet and able to offer support and to be open and responsive. Guidance will be given.
Singing/Music If you can sing or play an instrument and want to use your gift in celebration and praise through songs and music then you can tick this box! This is an important part of our worship at St Paul’s. Speak to one of the churchwardens who will point you in the right direction.
Flowers If you enjoy arranging flowers this could be for you. If this is something that you have never done before, but you would like to give it a try, there are always people on hand to help and advise you.
Social Help with organising any events at St Paul’s such as a Summer barbecue or similar social occasion where fellowship, preparation of food and planning are needed.
Mowing/Grass Cutting If you like fresh air and the smell of newly mown grass this is for you! The churchyard is a large area and volunteers are always wanted to cut the grass and keep it tidy. You can do this at a time convenient to you, the weather and other volunteers.