Taking a role in Sunday Services
There are many ways in which you can become involved in Sunday Services please use the list below to discover how to get involved:
COVID-19 restrictions have disrupted life this year for everyone and tower bells fell silent. During this time we have used Zoom and a virtual software called ‘Ringing Room’ where bellringers can log on and ring virtual bells together! Hopefully we will see a return to ringing tower bells in the not too distant future. During the restrictions we also rang handbells for a wedding celebration, not wanting to disappoint a couple who had ordered tower bells.
Bells at St George’s Church were installed in 1888 and rehung in new fittings in 1922 after being retuned.
To keep them ringing we need your help!
In normal circumstances, practice nights are held on a Friday 7.45 to 9pm. We have all ages and abilities.
CHOIR and ORGAN
The Church Choir is a mixed robed choir of adults and children which rehearses on Fridays 7 – 8 pm.
We sing settings and an anthem at the 9.30 am Communion Service each Sunday and at the monthly Choral Evensong (3rd Sunday of the month)
We also provide music for weddings, funerals and other special occasions.
There are opportunities for organ and choral scholars.
Intercessions are offered by a member of the intercessors’ group of volunteers, drawn from the congregation. At present there are 12 members, who each lead 5-6 times a year.
Anyone wishing to join the group should first have a word with member of the clergy, the reader or one of the wardens.
The readings during the services (other than the Gospel) are read by members of the congregation, who each volunteer to read 3-4 times a year.
Anyone wishing to join the rota should first have a word with member of the clergy, the reader or one of the wardens.
St George’s has a set of 10-18 year old Servers who carry out an important role in the 9.30am service as Crucifer and Acolytes (Cross and candle bearers) respectively. It is a very visual and active element of the service with each server robed up and participating from the chancel during the service.
We currently have approximately 10 servers forming a monthly rota meaning approximately 2 services monthly for each server.
Whilst the act of serving is very formal and provides a good discipline in formality and reverence, the weekly group is always a happy cheerful trio and find the participation in the service an enjoyable and fulfilling activity, and very different from simply sitting in the congregation.
We are always on the look out and would welcome any newcomers to the group.
Teams of 3/4 Sidespeople welcome worshippers at morning services 3-4 times a year. We know that a smile and friendly hello go a long way for regular and especially for new, or returning, faces.
They hand out and collect in hymn books, service books and notice sheets, administer the collection plate, and one of the team forms part of the Eucharist procession delivering the gifts for blessing.
They are often ‘first on hand’ (along with the wardens ) for any week on week communications, as well as unforeseen incidences during the service.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
There is an area for very young children and their parents to play for all or part of Parish Communion 9.30am)
Sunday School for children aged 3-8 takes place in the Hall during Parish Communion and children are brought back to their parents before Communion and for the conclusion of the service.
Smarties range from 8 (Year 4) to 12 (Year 7) and leave Parish Communion after the Gospel for activities in the Vestry. They return for the Peace and remainder of the service.
Messy Church meets on Saturday mornings, 6 times a year. Click here to see the Calendar.
Teenage Discussion Group
The Teenage Discussion Group meets once a month in term time during Parish Communion.
Admitting children to Communion
From time to time we run a short series of preparation classes for children aged 7+ who would like to take communion, but are not ready or of an age to be confirmed.
LIFTS TO CHURCH
Lifts are available to the 9.30am Sunday service for the elderly/infirm. Drivers are on a volunteer rota and new drivers are always welcome.
Fairtrade coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served every Sunday in the church hall after Family Worship.
This is managed through a rota of willing volunteers. It provides an opportunity to get to know other members of congregation in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.
If you’d like to help, please contact Christine Rowland via the Parish Office on 0191 281 1659 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parish Library is maintained by a rota of 8 people and is open every Sunday at Parish Coffee after the 9.30 service.
It has around 800 books covering: Bible Study & theology, biographies & autobiographies, children and young people’s books, church history, literature, prayer and spirituality, the arts including art, architecture and music, the church and society.
Download the Library Catalogues here.