Helping Out

For centuries the church has been at the heart of both villages. In addition to regular worship and provision for christenings, weddings and funerals, it provides a focus for the village to come together as a community for the special days like Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance. The congregation is keen to extend the Christian way of life through friendship, support of those who are sick or in need, and encouragement for children through the school and a variety of social clubs. These activities are willingly carried out by members of the congregation and their friends, often helped by the wider community.

Now we are without a resident rector we have to be more self-reliant. The churches will continue to serve their communities with regular services, baptisms, weddings and burials but will require some extra help to keep additional activities going. We warmly welcome anyone who might enjoy joining us to help with any of the following activities:

Singing in the church choir is most uplifting.

Would you enjoy the challenge of flower arranging?

Perhaps you enjoy reading aloud and could read the lesson in a church service?

Have you ever wondered about who rings the church bells and how? Our ringers are a band of men and women young and not-so-young who relish the physical and mental exercise involved in bell ringing. St Barnabas Guild of Bellringers welcomes new or experienced members to their regular practice meetings on alternate Monday evenings from 7.30pm.

Perhaps you are fond of the company of children? If so you would be welcomed by the team responsible for running the Edward Bear Club, the Sunday Club and the Youth Group.

Alternatively, the many social activities which are planned and organised by a small committee are always in need of helpers on the day.

Please have a think about whether you could spare a little time to help us keep our community spirit going. If you can, please contact the relevant people on our contacts page, or any of the church wardens.

We are always grateful for helping out in the financial sense. Perhaps you could join the Friends of St Barnabas and St James or make a donation to help us.