Joining In, Helping Out


The key aspect of joining in the parish activities is to come to church to worship. There is NO obligation on parishioners to help out – but many do so and find it rewarding and enjoyable. This page sets out some of the areas where you can join in or help. Contact points are given under Contacts. Activity times given  are the general rule, but if in doubt, just call the relevant contact to check!

 

Bell ringers ring at Morning Services. Both beginners and more experienced people are welcome: instruction on how to ring/improve is given.   You can read more here and even see a video about bellringing at St Nicholas at https://youtu.be/gzX4WSzVLh0


Bible study: see House Groups below


Choir The Choir sings at all major services, including a once monthly Choral Evensong and, in addition, can be called upon for weddings and funerals. It invites additional singers to join it for the Service of Nine Lessons & Carols at Christmas and welcomes new members in all departments at any time. Practices are held weekly in Church on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and last for about an hour. These are informal and friendly gatherings and more information can be had from the Organist, Muir Coburn on 8398 0629


Church cleaning – as well as an Annual spring clean, there are ad hoc gatherings. Volunteers simply turn up and muck in. Details are published in Parish notices – or contact the Church cleaning coordinator.


Church working parties – normally meet on the second Saturday of the month at 9.30 a.m. at Church to carry out maintenance on the Church and Church Hall Buildings and the Churchyard. You can simply turn up – or get in touch a few days before hand so that tasks can be better planned.


Coffee/squash is served in the Church Hall after Morning Service.

There is a rota for helpers who join in and enable this.


Tots Praise and Sunday School are run by a team of volunteers. Often, but not necessarily Mums. Volunteers may need to have a CRB check (the Parish has a Child Protection Policy).


Electoral roll - If  you would like to be on the electoral roll, please complete this Electoral roll form and pass to the Parish Office. 

 

Flowers – for the Church on Sunday are done by volunteers.  The volunteers arrange the flowers, not pay for them! You can volunteer to help regularly, or an ad-hoc basis such as at Harvest festival. Please contact Margaret Triance on 0208 398 4360 

 

Gardening – there is a team dedicated to looking after the Garden of Remembrance/Church Close which normally meets there on the Second Saturday of the month at 9.30 a.m. and on other ad-hoc occasions.  You can simply turn up – or get in touch a few days before hand so that tasks can be better planned.

 

House Groups

These are friendly groups where we to study, discuss and enjoy fellowship. 

The Women’s group meets fortnightly on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. during school term time. We go to different members’ homes in and around Thames Ditton. Contact: Jackie Robbs via the Parish Office

The Thursday morning group meets twice a month in the Upper Room of the Church Hall. Contact: Carole Potts (0208 398 3163) or Jane Formby (0208 398 4077)   Enquirers or new members always welcome.

 Anyone who would like to make a new start in one of these house groups should please call as above or contact the Parish Office.

 

Kneelers

We have built up a great collection of kneelers - all made by members of the congregation. You can read about them in this brochure on the Kneelers.  We are currently looking for someone to take on the task of organising their care and the replacement of old and worn ones. (please contact the Parish Office)

 

Stewardship St Nicholas has a stewardship programme. Please contact our Parish Office for information such as Giving Envelopes.

 - Download a Gift Aid form from here

 

Servers and Communion Assistants

We have 12 Servers and Communion Assistants at St Nicholas Church. A Server or Communion Assistant will participate in every service, assisting in the administration of the bread and wine at the Eucharist, and performing other duties to support the clergy in their spiritual tasks.

The true essence of what constitutes a Server is in the name – they serve God, the priest and the people in this place. If you would like to become a Server, please contact Roger Cowdery, who will be very pleased to provide further information and explanation. 

 

Sidesmen/women –   are the people who greet you when you come into church and hand you your hymn book and service sheet. Their job is parallel to the Servers in that they also prepare the church for worship, but their area of responsibility is everything outside the altar and Eucharist - and looking after the congregation. They act on a rota. e.g. 10.00 a.m. service every second Sunday.  This is a great opportunity for busy commuters to contribute.


 

 

Tuesday  lunch – is at 12.00 – 2.00 p/m. in the Church Hall. All welcome, no booking required. There is a rota for helpers. Note that this used to be called “Lunch on Friday” but has now moved to Tuesdays so has changed its name!

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