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
Social Action/Faith In Action
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?
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 email@example.com
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. On the first Saturday of the month refreshments are served in the Unity Room following the 5.00pm Vigil Mass.
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. Please contact Father Paul if you can help in this ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Worth Stitchers meets once a month to repair and make vestments, altar cloths, choir robes and other items for the Abbey Church. The group welcomes new members. Some sewing experience is needed but there is a variety of work to suit all levels of expertise. The Worth Stitchers meet on a Wednesday morning in Compass House from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. There is a generous supply of tea, coffee and home-made cakes at each session. For further information, please contact Christina Fitzsimons on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01444 415557v
Worth Uganda Friendship Charity
In 2006 our parish formed firm links with Irundu, a parish in Uganda where excellent facilities have been provided. Worth Uganda Friendship now supports Running Well, a charity providing communities living in remote and deprived parts of Uganda with clean water. If you would like to be involved in the charity contact Paul Ambridge email@example.com