Whether you are new to Broadway, or have been coming forever, we are thankful that you have chosen to worship God with us.
We are also very thankful to all the many people who serve us on a Sunday each week in a vast number of ways. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to meet together each week so wonderfully.
There are several verses in the bible that encourage us to serve. In 1 Peter 4:10 we read “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…”, and in Romans 12 we read “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly”.
This blog will be shining a light on all the different areas that people serve in each week. Below is a list of the areas with a small description about the role.
That being said, we appreciate that not everyone is in a position to do so for many reasons and that’s ok. This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip at all, rather a small way to say thank you to those who are able to serve, and to highlight areas for people who don’t yet serve but would like to.
Our audio/visual team are responsible for controlling the sound levels of both the worship band and any speaker that comes on to the stage. They are also responsible for getting the words up on the screen during worship, so that we can join in, as well as running any PowerPoints or videos that need to be shown during the service. The team’s role has expanded since lockdown, and they are now the masters of getting our services online each week, and therefore have had to learn to operate the new cameras we’ve have recently introduced.
So if you are a dab hand at working a sound desk, or think you would be able to run the video side of things, please get in touch.
Our current worship team is made up of 4 leaders – Chris Nudd, Howard Prior, Tim Shallcross and Simon Sheath. They are supported by a number of different talented musicians and singers. We are always looking to expand our team, so if you are able to play a musical instrument well or can hold a tune, and would like to get involved with helping to lead the congregation in our sung worship, then this is might be team for you.
The duty officer is a hugely important, and often very underappreciated, role…simply because a lot of their job is done behind the scenes. Amongst other things, the duty officers’ role is to set out the chairs, open/close up the building, help direct people out of the building in the event of a fire, guide newcomers or late comers to empty seats, collect the offering, and arrange for servers to hand out communion on relevant weeks. It’s a very busy role, but without the wonderful people we have on our team, we simply could not open up each week. Currently we have a team of 6, but we are looking to expand the team. So, if you like to know more about the role, please contact us.
Our welcomers are the first friendly faces that you see as you walk into the building. Their job is to welcome all our regulars, but also keep a look out for new faces. We want to help people feel they belong as soon as they enter the building, so, if there are newcomers, it is the teams’ job to make them feel welcome and to let them know any information they may need (e.g. toilet location, information about our youth and children’s groups, tea and coffee after the service). A welcomer may even wish to introduce the new person to someone they may have something in common with (e.g. children of a similar age), or simply show them to a seat. So, if you have a smiley face, and like meeting new people, this could be the team for you!
The refreshments team are the wonderful team that provide us with a warm beverage and a biscuit (or two!) at the end of the service. It involves arriving early to set up the cups and prepare the flasks, and also to clear away and load/unload the dishwasher once everyone has finished. The team is often called upon to help set up when we have bring and share lunches, or our Nollick in the Glen event. However, we are looking to set up a small team to take charge of the one-off events that require extra work, as refreshments time can get quite hectic for the team. If you’re interested in join our refreshments team, or would like to be part of the one-off catering team, we’d love to hear from you.
Prayer/Prayer Ministry Teams
We have two separate teams whose focus is prayer. The Prayer team are responsible for leading the church in our congregational prayer each Sunday morning during the service. Whereas the Prayer Ministry team are the team who are available at the end of each Sunday morning service for anyone who feels like they need some prayer, whether that’s because of something that was said during the sermon, something they’ve been struggling with, or an event that they are facing the coming week. If you feel your gifting is praying for people, please do get in touch, as we are looking to expand this team.
One of our most vital areas of service in with our youth and children. We provide 3 groups on a Sunday morning for our children. The first is Mini BiF, which is for children aged 2 – 5 (reception aged), the second is BiF, which is for all primary school aged children (years 1- 6), and the final group is TRIBE, which is for secondary school aged children. If you are interested in working with our children/young people, please do contact us.
As you can see, we have many different areas in which people serve each Sunday morning, and we are so very very thankful to each and every person who have chosen to offer up their time to us each week.
We are always ready to welcome more people to our teams. So, if after reading this, you feel like you would like to get involved on a Sunday morning, please do let us know. Many hands make light work, so they say!