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Opportunities to serve and get involved
We want to point people’s attention – and prayers – to a really clear need at the moment in our life at Trinity. At this stage of our COVID journey there are many things we’d love to be building up, both Sundays and midweek, those new things beginning or events put on hold starting up again. It’s exciting to see this. But we’re struggling to see how best to resource some of these areas of ministry because there isn’t currently a strong enough team of people to be involved.
Churches all over the UK are finding similar issues. Some people have “stepped out” of their roles during COVID, and are unable or not yet ready to return to some of the areas they used to serve in. Others are still concerned about “stepping out” into larger settings, and some of the limitations and concerns on us all as we go about our life in the community. And yet others are looking for new opportunities, chances to serve on a team and make a difference. Might that be you?
We’re well aware that “serving God” is so much more than filling Sunday rotas or a busy diary of midweek activities. Living our vocation is about all of our lives, whole-life and life-long disciples of Jesus. We’re asking for ways in which we might pray for you, and that’s a really genuine sense of wanting to honour and support you wherever God has put you.
If our Sunday services across the parish are going to be all that they might be – a place of growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the love of Jesus – then we believe that we all have a part to play as we come together as congregations. This is true of people of all ages, and as part of our commitment at the mid-morning gathering at HT that at least 25% of those serving are young people.
We’ve always sought to be a church with a strong commitment to living faith and serving others Monday to Saturdays as well as Sundays. There are myriad ways in which people are already serving, but we’ve identified three areas of particular need and emphasis at the moment. As life opens up a little bit more at this stage of our COVID journey, are there ways in which you could be part of a team to bring faith, hope and love to others?
Welcome team are those who stand at the doors and welcome people to our services, and some of the practical ways in which we can prepare for our gatherings.
Musicians are those who lead the music and worship life of the services
Bible readers read scripture, either ‘in person’ or – at the mid-morning gathering – pre-recorded from home.
Prayers. They help focus all of our prayers for the church, community and the world. At the mid-morning gathering this is sometimes done with a home pre-recorded video.
Children / Youth Workers have the privilege and responsibility of helping younger generations grow in their faith. This often takes place once a month as part of a team.
Prayer Team members are available during and after the service to pray for people and to ask for God’s grace and love in their lives.
Refreshments Team have the task of making teas, coffees and drinks after the service, and the really vital role of helping people feel at home in this important part of our worship.
Sound Team and AV team have the crucial role of ensuring that we can hear the service well, can see everything on the screens at the right time, and our online presence is up and running
Residential Home Visitors are part of a team going round local residential homes nearby, supporting those who live there and work there. We sometimes have a communion service, or a service with singing.
Café Connect and Cloisters are part of our serving the community through hospitality. Café Connect is open Monday to Saturday at the heart of Radbrook Green, whilst Cloisters is currently open Tuesdays at Holy Trinity.
Messy Church is one of many events we host for children and families, and is a fantastic way of “doing and being church” for different generations.