Preparation for Liturgy
The mission of the Altar Server Ministry at St. John’s is to provide an opportunity for parishioners to actively participate in the tradition of Catholic worship. As Altar Servers parishioners assist the priests and deacons with processions, blessings, etc. during the celebration of Mass and other sacred ceremonies.
The participation of Altar Servers in our liturgy is an important tradition in the Catholic Church that has its roots in vocational training. Serving on the Altar is a wonderful opportunity for our boys and girls who have received their first communion including older members of the parish, to experience Mass from “within” the Liturgy and grow in Christ.
Altar Servers help set up the Altar with the Sacristan in preparation for mass, and then duties are allocated to each server by the Master of Ceremonies or a senior server.
During the procession to and from the altar and celebration of the mass, the Altar Servers carry out various duties which include carrying the cross and candles together with the thurible and incense boat. Duties during mass include holding various holy books for the priest to read from, preparation for Holy Communion, and finally removing sacred items from the Altar before the final blessing and processing from the Altar back to the Sacristy. Participation in this ministry is very rewarding, and we will provide all the training and guidance you will need.
We are in need of more altar servers and look to the parish to help us with this essential ministry.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) meets twice a month during term times on the first and third Sunday. We are a fun group usually of ages from babies up to children of secondary school age. Older children often enjoy helping the younger ones and the mix of ages works nicely. We meet during the 10am Mass on a Sunday in the parish room in the presbytery, and welcome children to bring their parents with them or come alone. All volunteers are CRB checked.
We employ a Church cleaner, Nigel Ball, who works four days a week. His duties include the cleaning of the Church, parish hall and the complex site around the Church. In addition to this the church is cleaned on the first Wednesday of each month by a team of parishioners. We meet at 10.30am after the Mass and sweep the church and polish the benches. We also clean the candle holders whenever possible. The small band of cleaners are always looking for assistance.
If you can help in anyway please contact Eileen Vickers on 01225 428186.
The Flowers group provide weekly flowers for St John’s except during Advent and Lent. We are a small team who would welcome anyone who has a gift for flower arranging. Training will be provided.
New volunteers are always welcome to join the Readers` Team at St John`s to proclaim the Word of God at Mass. This is an important ministry of service to our sisters and brothers in our Parish Eucharistic Community and it brings opportunities for spiritual growth and blessings in the lives of those who proclaim the Word of God on a regular basis at Mass.Induction will be offered to those without previous experience together with the opportunity to become familiar with the sound system in the church. You will be asked to take a turn at reading once every 5 or 6 weeks at the Saturday evening or Sunday Mass which you normally attend.
We welcome everyone who wishes to become a Reader. The rota is prepared every 4 months. Before it is published you will be asked to indicate your availability for reading during that period. Don`t worry if, because of your work or study commitments, you are only available to read occasionally. Please be assured that is not a problem; we are as flexible as we can be in preparing the Readers` rota so that everyone`s availability can be accommodated.
If you would like further information please contact the Readers’
The ministry of sacristan involves the preparation of the sacred vessels for use in Mass, and the cleaning and safe storage after Mass.
To prepare the vestments and missals for use in Mass. To ensure the ciborium and chalices are prepared for the celebration of the Eucharist. To check the provision of Eucharistic ministers, readers and a team for the offertory procession. To ensure the Church is prepared for the celebration of all the celebrations of the sacraments.
Our team of Welcomers greet the faithful as they arrive at church and hand out Mass sheets and hymn books. The Welcomers are also available to assist parishioners and visitors, to answer questions and help people to feel at home. Further help is always required especially at Christmas and Easter and other special occasions. All volunteers are welcome.
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