Monday, 13 July 2009

Volunteers Please Take a Step Forward

Today our offices were visited by Barbara Wallace who used to work for the diocese but is now living in Kent but is using the fruits of her work in the diocese and elsewhere to promote a structured and spiritual basis for the work of parish volunteers. Above all we should anchor the role of volunteers in the Church as a response to their Christian baptism and confirmation, a work of the Spirit. Equally their should be a clear description of what is expected of the volunteers and an agreed period for the volunteering rather than the usual open-ended and unstructured arrangements that exist in most parishes. Volunteers are the lifeblood of parishes and church organisations but we have a responsibility to treat them properly.

To help with this work Barbara has prepared a very useful work book 'To Love and Serve the Lord' and a more recent work book 'Ministry Descriptions'. These are both available from the Diocesan Bookshop at the Christian Education Centre in Crawley via email Barbara, who also runs seminars and workshops on volunteering in parishes can be contacted via her website She also produces a free quarterly newsletter which you can sign up for.

Talking of volunteers and volunteering the Communications Office is looking for a volunteer who can help with Web and IT work. If you are interested or know someone who is interested and want more information and a role description then contact me by email:
'Open our hearts O, Lord to accept the words of your Son.' (Acts 16:14)

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