Giving to St Paul’s

Blessed to be a blessing

Thanks for your interest in giving to St Paul’s!

Our church relies on the generous volunteering and donations of its members. Below are some ways you can make a difference to all that happens in and around the church.

 

Giving Your Time

Welcoming

What’s to do: Welcome those arriving for the services and especially identify and look after those who are visiting and have recently joined us. Help them stay after the service to get to know them and introduce them to clergy, the Connections Pastor and other church members.

Skills required: Understanding that it can be “scary” joining a new church and a heart to speak to newcomers and make them feel at home

Time commitment: Once a month arrive 30 min before service (10.30am/6.30pm) and stay 30 min after the service.

Contact: Sabine Sellmann, our Connections Pastor.

 

Sidespeople

What’s to do: Give out notice sheets before the service, take collection to be blessed, counted and secured in safe after the service, general tidy up of the main church after services, put out additional folding chairs if service gets very busy (i.e. Christmas, Easter).

Skills required: Giving practical help before and after services, some light lifting, work in a team.

Time commitment: Once a month arrive 30 min before service, arrange notice sheets/fliers, stay about 20 mins after service to count and secure collection and tidy up.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Tea & Coffee after services

What’s to do: Set up coffee mugs and prepare coffee makers before the service. Serve tea and coffee after the service. Put mugs through dishwasher and tidy away.

Skills required: Use coffee makers and dishwasher, adjust quantities of hot drinks according to how busy service gets, work in a team.

Time commitment: Once a month arrive 20 min before service (10.30am or 6.30pm) to set up, exit service 15 min before end to prepare drinks, stay after service to serve drinks and clear up.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Gardening

What’s to do: Help keep the green spaces around the church building looking nice, planting, pruning and maintaining the gardens.

Skills required: Basic gardening skills (although can work alongside a more experienced gardener), physical strength, all garden tools provided by church.

Time commitment: Very flexible, throughout the year.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Flower Group

What’s to do: Decorate the main church, chapel and concourse with flower arrangements as part of our worship to God, work with a team of flower arrangers to determine the design and flowers needed, buy in the flowers.

Skills required: A love for flowers and seeing the decoration as vital part of our services, training provided “on the job” while working with more experienced members.

Time commitment: Once a month communicate with team in terms of display, come in during the week to arrange flowers, about 2-3 hours depending on display.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Bible reading during service

What’s to do: During the service read out a reading (determined by clergy/preacher) from the front of church using the microphone.

Skills required: Read fluently and clearly.

Time commitment: 5 min to read through the passage beforehand, 5 min during the service.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Laptop Projection

What’s to do: Support the services with projection from the laptop provided, i.e. lyrics to worship songs, scriptures, liturgy, sermon visuals.

Skills required: Basic computer skills, being acquainted with the worship songs to be able to follow, being focussed during the service to adjust to any changes, stay calm around technology.

Time commitment: Arrive 30 min before the service to run through the service order and check song arrangements with worship leader.

Contact: Matt White, our Worship Minister

 

Catering & Cooking

What’s to do: Plan, Prepare and/or Cook meals, shop for ingredients, serve meals at regular and irregular events (i.e. lunch club, Church Sunday lunches, lunch break, Alpha Course).

Skills required: Food Safety training provided by Helen Chilton, Kitchen training, basic cooking skills, working in a team.

Time commitment: Depending on the numbers to cook for, lunch club Thursday once a month, Alpha Course Monday or Tuesday nights), lunch breaks in summer holidays.

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Washing up

What’s to do: Load and unload the industrial dishwasher, wash pots and pans that won’t fit into the dishwasher by hand (various events such as Lunch Club, lunch breaks, coffee after services, Alpha Course).

Skills required: Hygiene awareness, putting things back into their allocated places.

Time commitment: Varies, depending on size of the event and how many people sign up to help. The dishwasher cycle is about 4 minutes!

Contact: The Church Office.

 

Setting up for events

What’s to do: Set up go-pack tables and chairs for various events (i.e. lunch club, church weekend, church lunches). Arrange seating for Café Church and put chairs back into rows in main church.

Skills required: Lifting, wiping tables.

Time commitment: Variable depending on event.

Contact: The Church Office.

Giving Your Skills

If you have any professional skills which you would like to lend to St Paul’s, please let us know by contacting the church office.

Skills we have previously benefited from include plumbing, cooking, coding, TV production, woodwork and electrics.

Giving Financially

To set up your regular giving to St Paul’s, follow these three steps:

  1. Download and complete a Standing Order and Gift Aid form here, or use the bank account details to set up your own standing order online
  2. Send the paperwork (standing order and Gift aid declaration) to the Church Office, or email our Treasurer if you have set up your own online: lindsey@stpauls-stalbans.org

Of course, one off donations are also welcome: please use the Gift Aid envelopes by the collection plate or at the back of church; or give online using our MyDonate page by clicking here.