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Helping Our Volunteers to Keep up to Date

The St Mary’s Free Christmas Lunch event of 2020 did not go ahead as normal, but took on a different format altogether in the form of delivering hampers. This certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic people that made up our team of volunteers, as well as all those that donated their skills or who helped to raise funds. We thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts!

Daft as it may seem to say this now, but Christmas 2021 will be here in the blink of an eye and again we will be looking for help, and let us all hope that the world is in a far better place at that time than we see it as being now. Maybe then we can go back to running our Christmas lunch event in the same format as we are all familiar with.

Assuming that will be the case, and if you will have time to spare next Christmas, and you would like to join in with running this very worthwhile cause, please make a note in your diary now to get in touch later in the year. Meeting dates are normally published in September.

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 of tremandous help.

What Help is Needed?

The tasks that our volunteers help out with are welcoming and caring for the guests, serving meals, waiting on tables, clearing dishes and washing up (more job descriptions 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 crockery 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.

Volunteer Meetings

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.

2021 Volunteer Meeting Dates

Meeting dates will be published here in September.

If you would like to put your name down as a volunteer for the 2021 Free Christmas Lunch then by all means get in touch.


How Can I Find Out More?

This website is continually updated as and when there is more news. However, if you have any question that youy would like to put to the team then we will be happy hear from you. You can gain access to all the communication methods by going to the Contact Us page within this website.

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