Social Groups, Charity and Volunteering

With sadness, our groups are suspended during lockdown; as soon as we are able to safely restart groups, we will let you know. Currently we do not expect to be able to do this before the end of February 2021, and then in a limited and gradual way. But there is nothing to stop you having a look and discovering more, ready for when things can restart!

Also, please be patient as this page is a “work in progress” – by early January it will be much more visual, and easy to navigate! For now, scroll down until you find the age/activity which is right for you.

There are many wonderful groups to belong to, and places to volunteer to support parish life and the wider community; have a look through, and see what you would most like to try!

There is a separate page for groups and activities especially for children and young people.

Knit and Natter

The club is a gathering of mothers who enjoy companionship and help to build a friendly community of parishioners who enjoy meeting and sharing on Mondays between 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Hall. For further information, please contact Mary Murnane via the Parish Office.

Golden Club

The club is for anyone aged 60+. Weekly gatherings are held each Wednesday 1pm – 3pm and normally include a raffle, tea and biscuits and a game of Bingo. There are also regular trips out, and a Christmas lunch. The group is a wonderful social network for all who come along. Please contact Geraldine Ellis via the Parish Office.

Mother & Toddler Playgroup

The Mother and Toddler Playgroup meet each Tuesday 9.45am – 11.45 am during term-time. For further information please turn up or contact Sarah Gallagher via the Parish Office.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society helps those in the parish who are in great need; they support families with clothing, food and furniture, as well as reaching out to older parishioners to provide accompaniment if people are lonely. They are a very welcoming group, and are always open to new members. To volunteer with the SVP is a way to live faith very practically within our local community. To find out more contact Geraldine Ellis via the parish office or look at the SVP national website

Trussell Trust – local foodbanks

Several parishioners volunteer at local foodbanks, and the parish has crates in the church to receive donations for the foodbank each week; keep an eye on the newsletter to see what is most needed at any one time. To find out more contact Judith Davies via the parish office or look at the Trussell Trust national website

Sunday morning welcome and hospitality

As people arrive for Mass – especially new parishioners – it is wonderful for them to be welcomed with a smile, and by someone who is familiar with the parish. Hopefully someone welcomed you when you first arrived – could you be the one to welcome someone else? Contact the parish office for more information.

After 9.30am and 11.30am Mass there are simple refreshments of cakes, tea and coffee in the parish centre – could you help prepare and serve these? Contact the parish office for more information.

Church Cleaners

The care of God’s dwelling is a fulfilling and important ministry.

St Edward the Confessor has a number of teams to ensure the church is fit for Mass. These include the church and hall cleaning teams, ably supported by the brass cleaners and the laundry team. We are always in need of volunteers, men or women. If you have some time to spare, please contact Maria Mernin via the Parish Office.

Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

If you would like to read at Mass, or assist as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, please contact Fr Dominic via the Parish Office. These are wonderful ways to serve the community – they do require training, and commitment. Fr Dominic will be very happy to talk with you more about this.

Flower Arranging

The Flower Arranging team are known as “The Petals.” Anyone is welcome to volunteer and to create floral decorations which help to set the mood for liturgical seasons within the Church. If you want to learn how to be a flower arranger, then there is expert help available! Contact Julie Smith via the Parish Office for more information.

Music at Mass

We have two vibrant choirs that provide music once a month at the 11.30am Mass, and we we looking to develop this area of ministry; it would be wonderful for every Mass to be supported and enhanced by music. Please get in touch with Fr Dominic if you are a singer, or if you play the organ, keyboard, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, triangle …!

Cafod

Twice a year – in Lent and in October – the Cafod “Fast Day” provides a focus for charitable giving for some of the poorest people in the world. The parish actively supports Cafod and you can find out more on the Cafod website, or by contacting Joan Murphy via the parish office.

Fair Trade

The parish is pleased to be accredited as a “Fair Trade Church”. This means that we use fair trade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and biscuits at meetings as well as promoting Fair Trade whenever we can. We use Fair Trade chocolate gifts for the children at Christmas, and Fair Trade Communion wine at Mass, and we promote Fair Trade Fortnight each year. For more information look at the Fair Trade Foundation website and to volunteer to help during Fair Trade fortnight, contact the parish office.