Volunteer | St Peter's Great Berkhamsted

The Church of St Peter Great Berkhamsted


The work we do in St Peter’s depends on people volunteering their time and skills. We need your help to keep this work going! Everyone has different talents — what can you do?

Maybe you are good at running events or baking cakes? Perhaps you are a musician, a designer or a musician? Could you help with cleaning the church or repairing things?

Offering your time and skills as a gift to the church is a rewarding way of contributing to the Berkhamsted community and expressing your faith. Even if you can only help out occasionally, an extra pair of hands is always welcome.

Below are a few ideas where you could volunteer – it doesn’t cover absolutely everything we do in the parish. If you feel you have a particular talent or would like to introduce something new to St Peter’s, have a chat with one of the clergy or churchwardens, or speak to the Parish Office.


Task: Hand out service sheets, hymn books, take collection, welcome people to church.
Time commitment:  Once every 12 weeks (rota system)
 Please contact the Parish Office

Reading in church

Task:  Reading the lesson at Sunday service. Help particularly required for 8am service.
Time commitment: Two or three times a year (rota system)

 Please contact the Parish Office


Task: Prepare and read prayers in church. A training session will be held later in the year.
Time: A few times a year (rota system)
 Please contact the Parish Office


Task: Offering the Chalice at Sunday morning Eucharist.
Time: Approximately one Sunday a month (rota system) from 9 – 11:45am.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Sunday Morning Coffee Bar

Task: Volunteers required to join the pool of helpers to set up, serve coffee and clear up after the Eucharist (9:30am) on Sundays.
Time: Occasionally on a rota system.
 Please contact the Parish Office


Task: Beginners or experienced ringers to ring the church bells.
Time commitment: Weekly practice on Thursdays 8-9:15pm and then expectation you will attend most morning and evening services.
 Please contact the Parish Office


Task: Singing in the choir every Sunday at 9:30am (except during August) with one Choral Evensong a month at 6pm, plus other important services a year. Children from six and adults welcome.
Time: Children practice 7-8:30pm and adults 7:30 to 8:30pm on a Friday.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Church Cleaning

Task: Dusting, vacuuming, tidying
Time commitment:   One hour every six weeks (rota system)
 Please contact the Parish Office

Flower Arrangers

Task: Create altar pedestal and other arrangements. Need to buy flowers or use from garden, clear away previous arrangements and doing your own and keeping it watered. There is a flower fund to claim back cost of flowers if required. Also additional help required at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. No previous experience required.
Time commitment: An hour approx 5 times a year (rota system) plus seasonal hours.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Upkeep of PCC properties

Task: Interest and helping preserve the church buildings and churchyards. Encompassing everything from building maintenance (DIY, gardening) to archiving and landscape design.  There is also a requirement for a sound/acoustics engineer and a heating/ventilating engineer as well as someone to help progress the development of Rectory Lane Cemetery as a public amenity.
Time: Building committee meets five times a year in the evening plus expectation that members will take on specific remits/practical help. Volunteers also welcome who do not sit on the committee but would be willing to help on projects from time to time.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Catering Team

Task: Join a team who can offer to help at occasional church events and make a main dish, pudding or cake.
Time: Ad hoc, as required.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Concerts and Events in Church

Task: Setting up for concerts, moving pews and erecting/dismantling staging.
Time: Ad hoc, as required but usually set up required early in the day for concerts and take-down is later in the evenings.
 Please contact the Parish Office


Task: Weeding and planting flowers, especially the flowerbed in front of church. Volunteers to provide own equipment.
Time: To suit individuals’ availability.
 Please contact the Parish Office


Task 1: Sell Fairtrade goods on the 1st Sunday of each month or to act as standby helpers to cover as required. Also helpers required to set up for Fairtrade on the preceding Saturday evening (after 5:30pm) to the first Sunday.
Time: First Sunday morning of month 10:30 – 11 am and/or Saturday evening prior

Task 2: Help unpack Fairtrade goods and carry upstairs, usually once a month (heaviest weight 5kg). Only takes around 20 mins or so and usually on a Wed/Thur – any time to suit. Also help required to price goods and pack in crates once a month. 
Time: Once a month, ideally Wed/Thur. Usually takes around 30-40minutes.

 Please contact the Parish Office

Pastoral Care Team

Task: Looking for personable people who are good listeners to visit housebound or those in hospital. Also help required to give lifts to those in need to come to church or for vital appointments. Help with the recently bereaved or those struggling in the congregation.
Time commitment: Flexible to suit needs but Pastoral group meets about 10 times a year for mutual support and to exchange ideas.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Saturday Court House Coffee Team

Task: Help in Court House kitchen on a Saturday morning (not first Sat in month) serving coffee and cakes, washing up and chatting to customers.
Time: 8:45am – 12:30pm one Saturday a month.
 Please contact the Parish Office

Your Berkhamsted Magazine

Task: People required to write articles, conduct interviews with local people and generate ideas for content. Also volunteers wanted to help promote the magazine around Berkhamsted.
Time: Contributions required on an ad hoc basis or as part of regular monthly team. One editorial evening meeting a month.
 Please contact the Parish Office


After School Club

Task: Attend the After School Club and enjoy the company of young people and be willing to chat and listen to them. This is vital work for St Peter’s in inspiring the next generation. The group is for Year 7s upwards (from aged 12 onwards).
Time: 3:30pm to 5pm on Tuesday afternoons in term time at the Court House. (potential for rota system if enough volunteer).
 Please contact the Parish Office

Sunday School

Task 1: At least two more Leaders required for Sunday school. Leaders are required to supervise and lead the group as a whole and smaller groups by age (3-4 years and 5-8 years). Some knowledge of, and a firm belief in the Christian faith is important. Leaders need to prepare a theme and craft for each session (lots of resource material available). No training required although there are voluntary training days offered by the diocese. Leaders need to be CRB checked.
Time: Rota working on a one month on, two month off basis but covering others where necessary. It is not an every Sunday commitment. Also required to help with Nativity, Advent celebration and annual party. There is an evening meeting once a term. Session preparation requires some time input.

Task 2: Lots of helpers for Sunday school to support the Leaders and help with activities. No training required.
Time: One or two Sundays a term on a rota basis.

 Please contact the Parish Office

Little Fishes Toddler Group

Task 1: Serving coffee/juice to attendees. You will work with one other person in the Court House.
Time: Fridays in term time 9:30/10 – 11:30am every three weeks (rota system)

Task 2: Helping set up Little Fishes with toys and craft
Time: Fridays in term time, 9 – 9:30 am

Task 3: Clearing away and vacuuming.
Time: Fridays in term time, 11:30am – 12noon.

 Please contact the Parish Office

Child Protection Officers

Task: Helping to monitor child protection procedures including keeping a spreadsheet of volunteers who are CRB checked, working with youth leaders on checks, knowledge of child protection policy, checking helpers’ CRB forms.
Time: Ad hoc but perhaps an hour or so a week
 Please contact the Parish Office

School Governor

Task: People required who are interested in becoming a church Foundation Governor at Thomas Coram or Victoria schools, as and when vacancies arise.
Time: Approx eight meetings a year plus additional input.
 Please contact the Parish Office



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