Helping Our Volunteers to Keep up to Date
Thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly when helping out at our 2016 event. Yet again it was a resounding success and that would not have happened without you. Please keep an eye on this site for details of the 2017 St Mary’s Free Christmas Lunch. We will be looking for volunteers to make up a team to run it, so you can put your name forward. The number is 07714 246593. Thank you
What Help is Needed?
There are a variety of tasks that we need help with, such as welcoming and talking to guests, serving meals, waiting on tables, clearing dishes and washing up (more job descriptions below).
When and How Much Time Does it take?
The St Mary's Free Christmas Lunch takes place on Christmas Day from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm and is a non–religeous event. The time you give to it is up to you. It can be just an hour or two, or you can stay from beginning to end. If you can’t make Christmas Day then perhaps you can give up a little of your time to help with vegetable preparation on Christmas Eve. Whatever task you perform it will be helpful if you can attend at least one volunteer group meeting on one of the dates shown below.
Main Job Descriptions
Set up Team – This group of volunteers will need to be on hand to set up the floor area of the church with tables and chairs, which cannot take place until after the St Mary’s Christmas day morning service has finished. This will be at approximately 11.30am.
Meeters and Greeters – In this role you will be asked to meet and greet our guests, making sure they are looked after by sitting and talking with them in the reception area. There will be tea and coffee available, so they may need help to get a hot drink. During the Free Christmas Meal, and during the games that follow, you will need to sit at the table with the quests, engaging them in friendly conversation. For this task you too will get a free Christmas meal.
Servers – In this role you will be asked to help plate–up each of the three courses of traditional Christmas lunch whilst those waiting at tables will serve the guests.
Waiters and Waitresses – If you are assigned to this task you will be required to serve each of our guests with their free Christmas meal by taking the plated food to the tables.
Clearers – Those who are working inthis role will be required to remove dirty china and cutlery and take to washing area, after disposing of any scraps.
Washers – Your job will be to remain in the kitchen and to wash and dry all the crockery and cutlery used during the meal.
General Assistants – For this task you will be required to work in rotation with other members of this team to man the front door of the church, each for a short period throughout the day, to welcome guests and to assist with security duties. The team is also made up of First Aiders, entertainment staff, those assisting with transport and other general duties, including helping out at the end of the afternoon to clear and tidy the church.
Meetings for volunteers are held at St. Mary’s Church in Aylesbury to discuss the allocation of job roles, as well as any other arrangements. If you wish to take part, please arrive by 10.30am.
2017 Volunteer Meeting Dates
How Can I Find Out More?
If you think you have what it takes to be part of our team of volunteers then we would like to hear from you now. You can do this by use of the information found on our Contact Us Page.
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