Saint Edmund’s Parish strongly encourages all to volunteer their services in some way to help support and build up the parish community. Some of the way in which this can take place are shown below.
Servers assist the Priest on the sanctuary in order that the Mass may be celebrated reverently. Servers are invited to volunteer after receiving their First Holy Communion. They receive training sessions and then begin serving. Servers need to be at church at least ten minutes before the start of Mass.
If you would like to be a server please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
Catechists are volunteers who help parishioners deepen their faith whilst preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Catechists who work with children and young people must have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks. Catechists have normally attended a specialist training course to help them fulfil this role.
If you are interested in becoming a catechist please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word, which is celebrated at Sunday morning Mass on the first and third Sunday of each month, provides the children of the parish with the Gospel presented at a level appropriate to their age group, and an opportunity to discuss what it means and how it is applicable to their own life.
You can volunteer to help with the group. Leaders of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word have to undertake the diocesan safeguarding checks
If you would like to help as a volunteer please contact either Mary Cooke or Teresa Quinn.
Volunteers ensure that the church building is kept in a clean and tidy. There is a rota for a number of small teams of people who clean at a time convenient for them during the week it is their turn. The cleaning involves vacuuming, brushing floors, polishing and cleaning marks from furniture, doors, glass etc.
You can help by volunteering to join one of the teams, or by joining with one or two or three others to form your own team.
The church cleaning rota can be found here.
If you would like to help please contact Cecilia Blake who can be contacted either on 01249 815042 or by email here.
Church Hall Cleaners
The Church Hall cleaners clean and tidy the Church Hall on a rota basis. The current rota is available here.
If you would like to help with this cleaning please contact Dawn Straker Cook.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. This is done on a rota basis, on a Saturday Evening or Sunday Morning. Training is provided for new Extraordinary Ministers.
In addition, if Extraordinary Ministers have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks, they may take the Blessed Sacrament to a sick or housebound member of the parish.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be Catholics in good standing, and are usually appointed by the invitation of the Parish Priest.
The current rota for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for Saturday evening Masses can be accessed here.
The current rota for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
The flower arrangers decorate the Church with floral arrangements for Mass and for special occasions. The group creates the flower arrangements, co-ordinating them as appropriate with the Liturgy. You can help them by joining them, or by offering flowers.
The flower arrangers volunteer on a rota basis. The current rota is available here.
If you are interested, please contact Rose Hoar.
Musicians and Choir Singers
There are three instrumental music groups that support the singing at Sunday morning Mass.
If you would like to join in with either group please speak to Jane Murphy, Jessica Pillow or Cari Depla.
The task of the offertory counters is to count the weekly offerings and to prepare for banking.
The counting is done on Sunday morning after Mass, when the offerings for the whole week are counted and logged into the records. Standing Order offerings are dealt with separately, not by the offertory counters.
If you can, and would like to help, please contact Helen Murphy.
Pastoral care of the sick and housebound
Our parish community strives to offer the best pastoral care to each and every one of our members including those who may be sick or suffering in any way, hospitalised, in a nursing home, or homebound for any period of time. This care can include visiting, the bringing of Holy Communion, and transport to and from Mass.
In some cases those undertaking this work must have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks. This would depend on the nature of the activity and those undertaking this ministry should speak with the Parish Safeguarding Representative to determine whether a diocesan safeguarding check is needed. Details of how to contact the Parish Safeguarding Representative are given on the ‘Safeguarding’ page here
Prayer of the Faithful
A rota of parishioners who compose the Prayer of The Faithful is in place.
If you would like join this rota please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest, or to Paul Blake.
The current rota can be accessed here.
Readers have the responsibility to read one of the readings during Mass and/or the Prayers of the Faithful. The aim is to read and proclaim the Word of God in a manner that the congregation can hear clearly, with intonation that aids understanding.
Readers go onto a rota, which will lead to them reading about every four to six weeks. Training can be given to new readers, plus a chance to practice at the microphone.
The Sunday morning rota references the readings for each Sunday and provides a link to resources to help readers prepare for these particular readings.
If you would like to find out more about being a reader please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
The current rota for Readers for Saturday evening Masses can be accessed here.
The current rota for Readers for Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
Refreshments after Sunday Mass
These volunteers prepare tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in the Church Hall after the Sunday morning Mass, so that parishioners and visitors to the parish can meet with their families in a friendly atmosphere for a chat, and an opportunity to meet new people. This is a well-attended and enjoyable gathering for all adults and children.
You can help the group by volunteering to go on the rota.
If you are interested please contact Teresa Quinn.
The current rota for those preparing refreshments after Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
Sewing and Embroidery
A group of parishioners work to sew and embroider new altar frontals and lectern hangings.
If you would like to help with this please contact Anne Morgan-Jones.
Welcomers greet visitors and parishioners as they come to Mass. They aim to offer a smile and a few friendly words to as many people as possible, whilst handing out the hymn books, Mass leaflets and the weekly church newsletter in the church porch.
You can help by joining the Welcomers’ rota. This requires you to be at the church about half an hour early when it is your turn, to arrange the books and newsletters prior to handing them out.
The role also involves opening the doors in the porch as at the end of Mass and collecting the hymn books and Mass leaflets.
If you are interested in volunteering to go on the rota please contact Teresa Quinn.
The current rota for Welcomers for Saturday evening Masses can be accessed here.
The current rota for Welcomers for Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
If you would like to help with organising and supporting specially planned activities for the young people of the parish please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.