St Alfege Church has no salaried employees other than its clergy and the Church Administrator so the role of the volunteer is very necessary. There are many ways in which you can help St Alfege in its worship and ministry to the wider community, from playing a part in Sunday services to giving time and offering a particular skill or expertise. Any work as a volunteer is important to us because it demonstrates that we are a community that cares for its worship, its neighbours and its building. It’s also a good way to get to know more people in the congregation.

We need people of all ages and skills to fulfil a variety of tasks, some of which are listed below. Support and training is available for all volunteers so do talk to us if you think there’s something you would like to get involved in.

Open Church

On 19 April 2012 it was one thousand years since St Alfege was martyred here in Greenwich. Since then a church has always stood on the site. St Alfege Church is full of history. People come from all over the world to see where Thomas Tallis, General Wolfe and many others were buried; it is a building full of architectural interest and we hold recitals and concerts almost every week.

Visitors have many reasons for wanting to come into St Alfege Church but they often find the church closed. We can only open if we have volunteers.

Open Church volunteers work in two or three hour slots to welcome visitors and answer simple questions about the building and its history (for which we will provide some training). The Church Administrator is on hand during weekdays to support volunteers, so if you feel this role is for you, do contact her.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Bell ringing

St Alfege Church has a peal of 10 bells which are rung for some Sunday services and for weddings and other special events. The band of ringers also rings at a number of neighbouring churches in Woolwich and Deptford. Beginners are warmly welcomed. Practice is on a Wednesday evening, from 8.00pm to 9.30pm.

Car Rota

Car owners are needed to help people (some of whom use wheelchairs) to get to the church for services or events.

Cleaning the brass and the bell jars

We need volunteers on an occasional basis to clean the brass altar cross and candlesticks and the bell jars for the lights.

Coffee on Sundays

We serve coffee in the Church hall after the 10am service every week. Volunteers work in pairs to prepare tea and coffee and clear up afterwards.


We offer crèche facilities for the under-threes during the 10am service and always need more helpers. Volunteers, who need to be over 18, work in pairs (approximately every 4-6 weeks). We will arrange DBS clearance for you.


We have fresh flowers on the altar every week except during Advent and Lent. Helpers generally arrange the flowers on a Saturday.

Intercessions in our Sunday Eucharist

A different member of the congregation prepares and leads the prayers each week during the 10am Sunday service. We can help with advice and training.

Lighting and sound

For each service we need someone to ensure that the sound system is set up and
appropriate lighting is on.

Photocopying the service sheet and notices

A volunteer photocopies and collates these items each Saturday morning. It usually takes less than an hour to do (approximately once every six weeks).

Readers’ rota

A member of the congregation reads the first lesson at our services.

Serving at the altar

There are usually four servers at each service. Full training will be given, and a cassock-alb supplied. We would particularly like to have some young people / children to join us and to learn what to do.

Sunday school and Youth groups

We would welcome more adults who are willing to help with the teaching and leadership of young people (even on an occasional basis). You will need DBS clearance which the Church can arrange.

Traidcraft Stall

We need helpers for our Traidcraft stall which sells fairly-traded food in the Church hall one Sunday a month.

Welcomers (Sidespeople)

Volunteers work in pairs to welcome people to our services and hand out service books and hymn books.

Members of our congregaton also volunteer in a range of community activities, such as cooking for a local winter shelter, or assisting with Meridian Money Advice.

If you would like to know more about the volunteering opportunities listed, please contact Carole Moses.

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