Jesus has called each of us to use the gifts which have been entrusted to us to build up the body of Christ. We have each been uniquely blessed with talents, skills, temperaments and life experiences. Many parishioners contribute their skills and time to make our parish flourish, enhancing our lives and connections with each other in the process. There are many opportunities both within the parish and in the wider community to respond to the call to be ‘good and faithful stewards’.
Does one of the ministries described below interest you?
The Church encourages us to continually renew our faith so that we may grow as Christians. If we are to become the evangelising Church that we are meant to be we need lifelong education, formation and spiritual development. A confident understanding of our faith will enable us to help those who are searching for a religious home or looking to reactivate their Catholic faith.
Young people’s catechesis helps the young of all ages to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and an increase in their knowledge of their faith.The parish needs catechists to communicate the fundamentals of the faith to various age groups, principally through sacramental preparation and also through the Junior Church during Sunday Mass. Please contact Fr Paul if you can help in this ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
Worth is a ‘Fair Trade’ parish. By buying direct from Traidcraft, rather than from a supermarket, we are contributing to the continuation of the wider work of Traidcraft. Would you be willing to help man our stall occasionally after the 9.30 Sunday Mass? Please contact email@example.com
The Church is sent to care for those in need, physically, emotionally or spiritually and to work for peace and justice. There are many opportunities, both within and beyond the parish, to care for the most vulnerable among us. The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, Refugees Welcome-Crawley, the Easter Team, the Open House, and LIFE are some of the local initiatives.
The Circle Club operates in Compass House (near to St Benedict’s) on 48 Tuesdays in the year. Approximately 30 elderly people from surrounding neighbourhoods are cared for in the Club and for many it is the highlight of their week. The success of the Club is dependent on people who are willing to give their time to help serve lunch, to listen and to make people feel welcome and at home. If you would like to help in this rewarding work, please contact Heather Eves firstname.lastname@example.org
St Benedict says in his Rule “All who arrive as guests are to be welcomed like Christ”.
The Welcome Ministry ensures that all parishioners, but especially newcomers, receive a warm welcome and whatever guidance and help they may need when they come to Mass.
Tea and coffee are served in the Narthex after the 9.30am Mass every Sunday. We need people to fill up the kettle, put out the biscuits, pour the tea and coffee. This is a great way to get to know people if you are new to the parish
Serving Your Parish
“I was sick and you visited me”
Visiting and comforting those who cannot attend Mass due to age or illness is a very important part of our Christian duty. When we offer our support to the sick, the elderly, the housebound and those in any kind of need in our parish and in the wider community we are living out Jesus’ teaching.
Getting to Mass at Worth can be a problem if you don’t have transport. Drivers are needed to bring parishioners to Mass who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please contact Jill Carter 07836 316525 if you are able to help.
Worth Choral Society
Do you enjoy singing? Why not join the Worth Choral Society? The Society performs at several concerts during the year in the Abbey Church. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays in term-time at 7.00 pm in the Performing Arts Centre. Michael Oakley, the Choirmaster, is always looking for new members. He can be contacted at email@example.com
We all appreciate the impressive floral decorations in the Church, especially at Christmas and Easter. If you would like to join the rota of a small team of volunteers who do this work, whether you are an expert or not, contact Hilary lagden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Parish in Irundu
Since 2006 our parish has developed firm links with our friendship parish in Uganda. Small groups of parishioners have visited Irundu to strengthen this bond, learn about the way of life there and offer their skills. This can be a very enriching experience and well worth considering.