Church Life - Introduction
Our worship is led by the clergy and readers, who are supported by many other people who: welcome us, read the Bible, lead the prayers, make music, help distribute Holy Communion, make the coffee, look after the crèche, clean and tidy the building, look after the money…
Readers are trained and licensed (authorised) lay ministers with a special focus on leading worship, preaching, and teaching.
Pastoral assistants are trained and authorised to assist the ministers in various areas of parish life, and head up a team who offer pastoral care, take Holy Communion to the housebound, prepare people for Baptism, and much more.
Churchwardens are the leading lay members of the congregation during their period of office and have both a spiritual and practical role.
Decision making, as in all Church of England churches, is shared by the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council (secretary); together they are responsible for developing our work, worship, and witness; the PCC has formed several working groups to cover detailed aspects of church life.
The running costs of our church, currently around £80,000 a year including contributions to the wider Church and to missions and charities, are met almost entirely from the generous giving of our congregation (we receive no state support). We encourage people to give regularly through the weekly envelope scheme or by standing order, and to take advantage of Gift Aid as far as possible (treasurer).
Legally, we are a registered charity (no 1136334).