Count me in…

2013_logo_squareIf you count All Souls as your home church, then why not make the most of opportunities to deepen your faith and make a difference to what All Souls can do and be. A great way to do that is to join a team
  • You’ll get the training and support you need.
  • You’ll not get lumbered for ‘life’… just for the coming year.
  • You’ll meet new people and to make a difference to the life of All Souls.
Read about some of the ways you could Count me in!, below, then use the response form page to tell us what you’d like to explore…

Or find out more about Giving to All Souls here.

 

children’s team

children's teams
We want children to have a fantastic time here on Sundays, to know they’re as much part of church as the adults and to look forward to coming back..! We welcome seventy or more under-11′s on a Sunday, with groups led by a dedicated team of more than sixty volunteers. To join the team, you don’t need any prior experience – simply to enjoy being with children. We promise to provide training and support and you can try it out for a week to see how you get on.

Here’s what it involves:

  • One Sunday a month with one of the age-groups:
  • …coming half-an-hour early to help set-up
  • …helping alongside the children, using whatever gifts you feel confident with (from simply cutting and sticking to telling the Bible story)
  • …and some clearing-up afterwards.

Could that be you?

  • No experience required!
  • Simply people who enjoy being with children and want to see them enjoying being part of God’s family.

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or to find out more) via the online response form or check out some of the other teams you might try out.

youth team

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Our groups for teenagers (Underground & Overground) meet on Sunday afternoons during the 4.30pm service each week. Sessions are a lively mix of fun, food, discussion, Bible digging, games and prayer. The team of six (which we’d like to expand) is led by Karl & Kate Burgess.

Being on the team involves:

  • Up to one Sunday a month on the team.
  • Coming a bit early to pray and set-up…
  • …then being part of the session, helping with discussion, games and keeping things on track.

Could that be you?

  • No previous experience needed.
  • Simply appreciating the company and conversation of teenagers…
  • …and having a faith to share.
  • A sense of humour helps too!

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or find out more) via the online response form or check out some of the other teams you might try out.

welcome and hospitality

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The Welcome Team greet people at the door on a Sunday, providing an immediate friendly face and information on how things work.

Our Hospitality Team, serve tea and coffee (or in the afternoon service provide a sandwich tea), helping visitors and regulars alike feel welcome and giving people the chance to chat and meet new people.Both teams contribute a huge amount to what makes All Souls an easy place to visit and a great place to belong. Once a month, could you help keep All Souls the welcoming place you first experienced?

Welcome Team

  • Thirty minutes early once a month to greet people at the door, hand out a Bible, look out for visitors and make sure people get a warm welcome.
  • After the service, there’s a bit of tidying to be done – and looking out for visitors who might welcome a conversation.
  • Skills needed: a friendly smile and desire to help keep this being a welcoming place to visit.
  • A great way to serve the rest of All Souls once a month.
  • In the mornings, it involves turning up (with milk and biscuits – we reimburse) at 10am to set up the urn, lay out biscuits and set up the table. After the service, serve people refreshments and clear up afterwards.
  • In the afternoon service – the aim is to provide a ‘sandwich and cake tea’, so there’s preparation beforehand and then setting up around 4pm, serving in the Hall after the service.

Could that be you?

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or find out more) via the online response form or see what else you might get involved in.

technical team

Some of behind-the-scenes roles are the ones we’d miss most! If you can wield a (computer) mouse and/or have an ear for music, then you could make a big difference to our Sunday worship. The video screens – carrying words for songs, for liturgy and the notices – are operated from a PC.

P.A. Desk – Helping our band sound the very best it can, balancing the instruments and ensuring that the congregation can both hear and hear themselves is a crucial job each Sunday. We need photographers too..!

Two people sit at the tech desk in the services each Sunday…

Video Operator

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  • The video screens – carrying words for songs, for liturgy and the notices – are operated from a PC.
  • Incredibly easy to use – most computer users can pick it up in well under five minutes use.
  • One Sunday a month and turn up 30 minutes before the service to load the songs and liturgy for the day into the system.

P.A. Desk

  • Helping our band sound the very best it can, balancing the instruments and ensuring that the congregation can both hear (music and sermon) and hear themselves (by not being drowned out) is a crucial job each Sunday.
  • The desk operators need an ear for music and a willingness to learn how to operate the desk.
  • They come around half-an-hour before the service to be there for the music group practice and then operate the desk during the service itself.

Could that be you?

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or find out more) via the online response form or see what else you might get involved in.

worship team

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Do you play an instrument or sing to a standard where you could help lead the rest of us in worship? Jon Wooden leads a team of worship leaders, musicians and singers who help lead worship each Sunday service.

Start by taking part in one of the monthly Monday evening “jam sessions” to get to know the other team members and build your confidence.

  • Instrumentalists need to be able to sight-read confidently and just as importantly, enjoy being part of a group – it’s not about being in the spotlight.
  • Singers need to (obviously!) be tuneful and (preferably) be able to add harmonies to tunes as they sing.

Could that be you?

Let us know you’d like to or find out more via the online response form or see what else you might get involved in.

all souls ivybridge

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The Ivybridge Estate is a large community at the western end of All Souls parish. One of All Souls’congregations – All Souls Ivybridge – meets fortnightly in the Bridgelink Centre, with a service led by Richard, Calum and a team of All Souls members.

Beyond Sundays, Fi Budden, our Community Projects Manager, is helping us support and develop various projects and teams that serve the communities living on the estate. We’re already supporting Ivybridge Primary School, we’re aiming to build our links with the sheltered housing (Kirkstone Lodge) and to expand our ‘Storehouse’ work (giving away items such as clothes and toys for children). We are running Bumps and Babes on Friday mornings at the Ivybridge Community Centre and helping support a Homework Club. If you are interested in being involved -particularly (though not exclusively) if you have time during the daytime/ midweek – do find out more.

Could that be you?

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or find out more) via the online response form or go back and see what else you might get involved in. If you’d like to find out more about All Souls Ivybridge – go take a look at their website.

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Soul Living

All Souls is committed to promoting sustainable and responsible lifestyles.This affects the way we run our buildings and activities and in helping one another to make wise choices as individuals and households. Rosalie Callway heads up a team of people who help us research ‘green’ issues when we’re making buildings-related decisions for church and who organise events, speakers and input into Sunday services to help us think about how we care for the world God’s given us.

The team is open to all.

Soul Connections

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We want All Souls to be outward, not inward, looking – remembering God’s love and commitment to the whole world, not just our corner of it. Soul Connections helps us do just that…

El Tuck runs a team of people who:

  • Help us allocate money from All Souls’ funds each year to support a variety of people, projects and organisations – local, national and international.
  • Are developing ways to help us learn more about those organisations and people – and to pray for them more effectively.

other teams

There are so many different ways to get involved – we’ve barely scratched the surface here. Some of the ways are about using your gifts and talents as an individual – others are teams just waiting to get formed… perhaps you could make it happen?

  • Would you like to be involved in praying with people after our services – we’ll be running some training sessions later in the year for people who’d like to find out more.
  • You could help welcome people and provide lunch at our Monday Communion intended for those who are around during the daytime, particularly the elderly.
  • We try to cook meals for people who have recently had a baby or for families in need. If you think this is something that you could help with please email kristasmall@allsoulschurch.org.uk to be put on the list.
  • We have a website which requires constant upkeep and refreshing, and we are always looking for people to help, whether on the technical or the design side.
  • Taking photos at events – if you own a decent camera and are a keen photographer, we’d love your help with taking photos of events e.g. Big Lunch, Easter and Christmas services.
  • We would love help planning the publicity for these events e.g. designs for posters, contacting the local press.
  • We have a very popular toddler group called Little Souls that runs term-time on a Wednesday morning at 10am in the church halls. We always need helpers both setting up and during the group to serve refreshments. Little Souls also runs one Messy Church event a term on a Friday afternoon that requires extra helpers if you are not around on a Wednesday morning but would like to get involved in this group.

Could that be you? Of course!

Let us know you’d like to get involved (or find out more) via the online response form (simply choose ‘other’ and add the details in the box provided) or go back and see what else you might get involved in.

You can find out more about Giving to All Souls here.