Can You Help?
As a small church in a small community, there are many opportunities for people to help, either on a regular basis, or as a one-off activity. We have a great group of volunteers at the moment but there is always room for more. You don't need to be a member of our regular congregation to get involved - everyone is welcome.
Below is a list of activities for which we would really value your help. If you would like to join in, please speak to any of our congregation, including Pete and Barbara, our Churchwardens, or you can here.
Pete Hargreaves, our Churchwarden for many years, will be retiring at the end of March 2020. We need someone to take on this important role. For more information about what this would involve please talk to Rev Shelagh, Pete Hargreaves or Barbara Pollard.
Our current safeguarding officer is wishing to step down. This is an important role, ensuring that any vulnerable people who visit St Stephen's church are safe from risks or potential hazards. No previous experience necessary as training will be offered. For further information or to offer help, please contact Rev. Shelagh, or one of our Churchwardens, Pete Hargreaves or Barbara Pollard
We need a volunteer to be our Environmental Representative and to help to ensure that we meet our environmental goals. The role would involve liaising with the PCC to help us to develop an environmental policy and to make changes to the way we run our church so that we become as environmentally-friendly as possible. No previous experience in this area is needed - we just need someone who has an interest in environmental issues to help us.
For more information speak to Rev Shelagh, or one of our Churchwardens, Pete Hargreaves or Barbara Pollard
VE DAY 75
National celebrations will take place across the UK during the weekend of 8-10th May 2019, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VEday. St Stephen's church are liaising with the Parish Council and village hall committee to plan our contribution to the celebrations. On the Friday evening, we will be having a VE Day bash in the village hall, for which we need items from the 1940s, especially anything to do with the forces. If you have anything we can borrow, please get in touch with Barbara Pollard or Pam Spreckley.
As we start planning for repairs to the roof, we need to think about how to raise the money to pay for this. Any ideas about fundraising would be greatly appreciated and, even more so, if you could volunteer to run an event or similar to help raise much needed funds. Please see Barbara if you think you can help.
CARLETON COURT HELPERS
We need more volunteers to help with our Communion Services held at Carleton Court Residential Care Home. People are needed to help the residents share in the service, eg finding hymns. Services at Carleton Court are held regularly on a Friday mornings (although not every Friday) at 10 am.
You don't have to be available every time (although that would be great) but if you think you could help out, even occasionally, please let Barbara Pollard at St Stephen's, or Claire Evans at St Michael's, know.
VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
The East Hardwick Village Hall Committee is looking for new members who can help to keep the village hall open and running smoothly.
The committee usually meets 4 times a year to discuss general maintainence and fund-raising ideas. Members also take turns to check on the hall to ensure it has been left tidy before the next group use the hall. This is done by a weekly rota, which is very flexible.
Village Hall funds are used to pay for a weekly cleaner and a gardener who cuts the grass fortnightly in the warmer months.
If you would like to know more, or offer your help, please speak to Leanne Vickers or Ann Stark.