There are many ways to help out. There is no obligation but many find it rewarding and enjoyable. Activity times given are the general rule, but if in doubt, just call the relevant contact to check.


Bell ringers

The bells are rung before the 09:30 Sunday service (except during the month of August) and both beginners and more experienced people are welcome. Instruction on how to ring or to improve is given and practices usually take place on Monday evenings from 19:45 to 21:15. You can see a video about bellringing at St Nicholas’ Church at:

https://youtu.be/gzX4WSzVLh0.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Giles André via the Church Office on 020 8398 9641.


CHOIR

The Choir sings at the 11:15am Sunday services and at a once-monthly Choral Evensong and at all major celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter. The Choir can also be called upon for weddings and funerals. Additional singers are invited to join it for the Service of Nine Lessons & Carols at Christmas and it welcomes new members in all departments at any time. Weekly rehearsals are held in the Church on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm for about one hour. These are informal and friendly gatherings. More information can be obtained from the Organist and Choir Master, Reuben Rhuphus, who can be contacted through the Church Office on 020 8398 9641.


WORSHIP BAND

The 09:30 Sunday service is a contemporary service which has an informal atmosphere with music led by our newly-formed Worship Band. We are looking for instrumentalists and singers to augment this exciting group. If you are an aspiring musician and/or worship leader, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to play a role in our Church.


Church cleaning

A regular cleaner is responsible for the weekly cleaning of the Church. However, from time to time, volunteers help when necessary and there is an Annual Spring Clean when a team of helpers attend to the more inaccessible areas. If you wish to help with this, please contact the Church Office on 020 8398 9641.


Church working parties

Occasionally there are light maintenance jobs to be carried out in and around the Church and Church Hall. A team of volunteers is called together to carry out these tasks. News of these working parties usually appears in the weekly Newssheet and is sent out by email to those on the Church database.


Coffee / squash 

Refreshments are served either in Church or in the Church Hall after the 09:30 and 11:15am services. There is a rota on the weekly Newssheet for the volunteers who help to organise this.


Tuesday lunch

Tuesday Lunch is from 12:00 to 14:00 in the Church Hall. All are welcome and no booking is required. There is a rota for helpers and the lunch itself is absolutely delicious and at a very modest price!


Tots Praise and Sunday School 

These groups are run by volunteers, all of whom have been DBS checked and trained. If you would like to join the teams, the Church has a Child Protection Policy and you must, of course, be willing to abide by these conditions.


FLOWERS

Flower arranging in the Church for Sunday services is done by volunteers. The volunteers arrange the flowers but the cost of the purchase of flowers is covered by Church funds. Volunteers are very welcome either to help on a regular basis or to step in less frequently, especially at busy times such as Harvest Festival. Please contact Jan Ricketts via the Parish Office on 020 8398 9641.


GARDENING

There is a team dedicated to looking after the Garden of Remembrance/Church Close which normally meets on the second Saturday of the month at 09.30 and occasionally at other times.  Simply turn up – or get in touch a few days beforehand so that tasks can be suitably planned. The team is organised by Mary Turner who can be contacted via the Parish Office on 020 8398 9641.


Kneelers

We have built up a great collection of kneelers - all made by members of the congregation. You can read about them in the brochure in Church or by clicking here - Kneelers.  We are currently looking for someone to take on the task of organising their care and the replacement of old and worn ones. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8398 9641.


Servers and Communion Assistants

We have 12 Servers and Communion Assistants at St Nicholas' Church. A Server or Communion Assistant will participate in services, assisting in the administration of the bread and wine at the Eucharist and performing other duties to support the clergy in their spiritual tasks.

The true essence of what constitutes a Server is in the name – they serve God, the priest and the people in this place. If you would like to become a Server, please contact the Vicar, who will be very pleased to provide further information and explanation. 


SIDESPERSONS

Sidespersons are the people who greet you when you come into church and who hand you your hymn book and service sheet. Their job is similar to that of the Servers in that they help prepare the church for worship. Their area of responsibility is everything outside the altar and Eucharist. They also look after the congregation. Sidespersons act on a rota and perform their duties either at the 08:00 or at the 11:15 Sunday service. This is a great opportunity for busy people to contribute. The rota is organised by Angus Sherriff who can be contacted via the Church Office on 020 8398 9641.