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Volunteer Opportunities

sunday services

WELCOME TEAM
The Welcome Team greet people at the door on a Sunday, providing friendly face and information. They guide people to the nearest available seat if the service is busy, provides details about Children’s groups, assist with check-in, seek to introduce them to others and ensure that everyone feels welcomed.
Time Commitment: 30 mins before and 10 minutes after a service (to clear away bibles etc..), once a month.
Contact: Nick Merrifield (am), Esther Sweetman (pm)

REFRESHMENTS TEAM
In the morning the refreshments team serves tea/coffee and biscuits after the service. In the afternoon they also provide a small tea (sandwiches and scones/cake etc..)
Time Commitment: 30 mins before prep, serving after service for 30 mins and 10 minutes to clear up, once a month.
Contact: Ben & Jen Causley (am service) or Esther Sweetman (pm service)

WORSHIP TEAM
Jon Wooden co-ordinates a team of worship leaders, musicians and singers who help lead worship at each Sunday service and midweek events. Instrumentalists need to have a reasonable level of competence on their instrument, but just as importantly, have a heart for worshipping God, and enjoy being part of a group. Singers need to be tuneful and (preferably) able to add harmonies to tunes.
The team meets once a month on a Monday evening to practice and worship together, which is a great opportunity to get to know other band members, build confidence and basically ‘have a go’!
Time Commitment: arrival approx. 45 minutes before services to sound-check, practice and pray.
Contact: Jon Wooden

children & youth

We want children to have a fantastic time here on Sundays and we welcome eighty or more under-11’s. Groups are led by a dedicated team of more than sixty volunteers. To join a team, you don’t need prior experience – simply to enjoy being with children. We provide training and support. You can try it out for a week to see how you get on. We’ll need your commitment to do a DBS (criminal records check) and to sign our volunteer agreement.

CRECHE TEAM*
Provides ministry and care in the crèche.
Time Commitment: Initial training evening, and then around 2 hours on Sunday once a month.
Contact: Sonia Hanfrey and Alison Appannah

CHILDREN’S TEAMS (various age-groups from Nursery to top Junior) *
Groups have at least one Leader (who is responsible for preparing, from the provided material, and runs the session) and one Helper (who assists with the session itself, for example sitting with children when they do a craft or joining in games) each week. Requirements: a sense of humour, willingness to learn and a commitment to the wellbeing and care of children. The age-groups for September will be decided soon, but in the meantime do indicate if you have an age preference for where to lead / help.
Time Commitment: An initial training evening, and around one Sunday a month.
Contact: Richard Frank

UNDERGROUND/OVERGROUND TEAM*
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 leaders’ team lead sessions or assist in small group discussions and join in the fun!
Time Commitment: Roughly once a month during the afternoon service.
Current Leaders:  Richard  and Catherine Frank

family midweek events

LITTLE SOULS TEAM*
Hundreds of local families have made Wednesday mornings a much-loved part of their week. Run by a team from All Souls, Little Souls provides a safe, welcoming and fun environment for small children and their parents or carers – and great coffee too!
It’s currently All Souls’ biggest connection with local people who wouldn’t normally go to church. A significant number have found it to be a great way in to church life for themselves.
Time Commitment:  30 minutes before the 10am group on a Wednesday weekly, then 1.5 hours during the group and clearing away afterwards.
Leader: Colleen Beck

MESSY CHURCH TEAM
Our Messy Church Events are held several times a year after school. Primary School age children and below come with their parents and enjoy the church filled with tables of craft and then a short, interactive service with songs and a short talk.  A pasta tea follows. It’s been a wonderful way into church for many.
Time Commitment:  30 minutes before the 4pm event on a Friday afternoons, 1.5 hours during the event and approx. 1 hour clearing up – a few times a year.
Leader: Catherine Frank

small groups

Small groups help people take next steps in their walk with Christ. These teams are made up of people who make events, classes, and small groups happen at All Souls.

HOST TEAM
Able to host small groups in their home for roughly 6-8 adults.
Time Commitment: 1 evening per week for one term on whatever evening is convenient for your schedule.

GROUP LEADER
Lead a small group that discusses a topic and explore faith together. No previous experience is necessary. Training and support will be given.
Time Commitment: 2 hours once a week during 6 week small group seasons. Once a term.
Contact: Richard Frank

care & prayer

This team provides prayer and encouragement as they serve people in need of love and support.

SUNDAY PRAYER TEAM
Praying together for the Sunday services beforehand, and/or being available offer prayer for individuals afterwards.
Time Commitment: Meets 30 mins before each service in the Church office, after the service as required (usually monthly).
Contact: Jon Wooden

MEALS TEAM (MEALTRAIN)
A team of volunteers willing to be called upon to cook and deliver a meal to someone in need of support – eg. A new baby or serious illness. Organised by email and website (mealtrain).
Time Commitment: Occasional/as required, emails will be sent with a need.
 Contact: Lyn Rhodes

SOUL CONNECTIONS (MISSION) TEAM
We want to express God’s love for the whole world. Soul Connections helps us do that. This team of people allocate support money from All Souls’ funds (to projects, people and organisations involved in mission and social projects), support and lead specific projects (eg. the local churches’ Winter Shelter initiative) and develop ways to help us engage more with those organisations and people – and to pray for them more effectively.
Time Commitment: The team meets a few times a year to pray and plan together and is open to all.
 Contact: El Tuck

HOSPITAL & OLDER PEOPLE VISITATION TEAM*
Visiting and encouraging members in hospital or shut in at home where appropriate and offering friendship, company and where appropriate prayer for the individuals and their families.
Time Commitment: As available/ needed. Training and support will be given.
Contact: Richard Frank

MONDAY CLUB TEAM*
There’s a growing community of mostly retired local people who come to our monthly Monday midday Communion service in church, followed by lunch with homemade soup, bread and cake. Those who come value the informal, but reflective service and the opportunity to chat over lunch. We also hold mid-morning ‘coffee, cake and chat’ time, fortnightly. The team make soup, serve refreshments and chat to those who come.
Time Commitment:  Monday morning or lunchtime for 2-3 hours fortnightly or monthly
Contact: Richard Frank

community projects

Over the last year we have been able to build on our links with the Bridgelink Community Centre, enabling us to develop projects that serve and welcome residents from the Ivybridge Estate and surrounding area.

Contact: Fi Budden

FOODBANK
We provide this important service to local residents in financial crisis: a compassionate welcome; sorting and packing food and offering a listening ear over a cup of coffee. Alongside the Foodbank, we run an informal community cafe, so you’ll also be able to get involved in serving refreshments.  Around harvest time, we need additional volunteers to assist with transporting food donations (preferably with a car) and sorting.
Venue: Bridgelink Community Centre
Time Commitment: 2.5 hours a fortnight, occasional training/transporting, generally Thursdays 9.30-11.30am

ESOL (ENGLISH LANGUAGE) CLASS
We currently have a volunteer teacher, and volunteers for this class on a Thursday afternoon, however, if you are interested in teaching, training to be a teacher, or supporting the work of this important project, please do contact Fi Budden or Jen Causley.
Venue: Bridgelink Community Centre
Time Commitment: 2 hours, Thursday afternoons, 1-3pm

TUESDAY CLUB: YOUNG AT HEART
This is very much what it says on the label!  It’s a drop-in session designed for, but not exclusively, people who are retired or nearing retirement. We have a computer skills class running during the session, and operate the community cafe.  We need volunteers who are happy to join in playing games such as cards/dominoes and chess, serve refreshments, and chat to people attending.
Venue: Bridgelink Community Centre
Time Commitment: 2 hours, Tuesdays 11am-1pm

EVENTS
During the summer, we organise a BBQ as part of the Ivybridge Funday, and need people to assist with set-up as well as cooking and serving food.  It’s quite a busy occasion and we often serve about 400 burgers!  If you like being BBQ (or braai!) master, please join us on Sunday 2nd August, 2015. Throughout the year, we plan to have fundraising coffee mornings and children’s clothes sales at the Bridgelink Centre. These will take place on various Saturday mornings throughout the year – please contact Fi Budden for more details.
Venue: Bridgelink Community Centre
Time Commitment: One-off events, 2-3 hours

facilities & events

FACILITIES TEAM
Help maintain the day-to-day operations of the facilities areas; may include general electrical, plumbing, HVAC, lighting repair, building repair, changing light bulbs, furniture assembly and more
Time Commitment: As available
Contact: Krista Small

SPECIAL EVENTS
Help the office with organising bigger Church events such as The Big Lunch, socials and possible Church Weekend away.
Time Commitment: As available
Contact: Lyn Rhodes

Technology

PRODUCTION 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 and liturgy, and accompanying images – are operated from a PC/PA Desk. Helping our musicians sound the very best they can, balancing the instruments and ensuring that the congregation can both hear (and hear themselves) is a crucial job each Sunday. Full training is provided!
Time Commitment: 30 minutes before Sunday services
Contact: Jon Wooden

 (Opportunities marked with an * are only for adults and require a DBS)
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