The Church believes that everyone has a ministry – that is a part to play in creating a world of love, justice, joy, hope and peace. A world Christians refer to as the Kingdom of God.
For most people their part in building God’s kingdom will be through their employment or voluntary work and through their relationships with family, friends, their neighbourhood and within our global village. Some people are called to full-time ministry within the church and many others combine ministry in a voluntary capacity with employment elsewhere.
All churches rely on an army of volunteers to enable worship to take place and connections to be made with the local community. In his letters to the Early Church St Paul describes the church as a body and reminds us that each part of the body plays an important role and each part should be valued equally.
All churches have Churchwardens and a Parochial Church Council made up of lay people usually including the treasurer, a secretary and other officers. Flower arrangers, cleaners and gardeners all help to create beautiful spaces for worship while musicians, readers, people that serve at the Altar, people that lead prayers and people who help give out the communion during the service. Many churches also have teams of people working with children and young people – helping them to experience and express the love of God in understandable ways. (NB Anyone working with children and young people in the Church of England needs a full CRB Criminal Records Bureau disclosure, now known as a DBS Disclosure and Barring Service)
Some of the more formal lay (not ordained) and ordained roles in the Church of England require training programmes after which you receive a licence for ministry. These include: Church Army Evangelists, Readers, Lay Pastoral Ministers, Monks, Nuns, Accredited Lay Ministers, and Ordained Ministers.
We're all in this together
Whatever our ministry it is important to remember we are all in full time service for God and all our gifts, talents and resources of time and money can be used to help bring healing, hope and love to our broken and hurting world.
Here at St. John’s apart from the Parochial Church Council the Mothers Union have regular monthly meetings and the parish conduct an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady at Walsingham. Further information is given on there individual pages.