Helping Out


Want to get more involved, or do some voluntary work in the parish? This section gives details of all the ways you can get involved, and how you can help your fellow parishioners. Here you will find details of how you can help out with, for example – church cleaning – altar serving – giving an elderly person a lift to mass – charity work – groups that need your help If you need some help or would like to offer your services please contact Liz at the parish office at

Altar Servers that have served for at least a year and would like to join the St Stephens Guild are invited to write to Canon Jim, in their best handwriting, a letter to request to join the Guild. Letters must be in before Sunday 3rd February.

Could Altar Servers that have not re-registered this year please send a confirmation e-mail of continual commitment to by 31st January as a new rota needs to be finalised. Can they include their name, age, preferred Mass, and second choice Mass. Thank you, Mark.

Thank you all those who attended the recent Fire Marshals Course. You now need to validate your commitment by i. Activating
the system: ii. Resetting the system: iii. Resetting the gas valve: iv. Make an entry into the Fire Alarm Log Book which will be left in the Sacristy. When you have completed this exercise please sign the sheet in the Sacristy.

Have you some time to spare to help improve the lives of people with dementia and related conditions? We provide holistic care in a hotel standard setting at Sunrise Living in Purley. We would be very appreciative if volunteers would come forward to help at meal times and times of recreation. CRB checks will be provided along side training and on going support. For further information please contact the Reminiscence Nurse Michael Faulkner RMN on 020 8676 2349

The new Reading Rota will begin the first week in November. We are emailing as many as possible – if you have not received it by email it will be ready for collection from the Sacristy next weekend.

Debbie McArdle or Jackie Taylor Any new helpers are always welcome. Many thanks.

Can you help? Our Parish Vocations Team has a particular responsibility to foster prayer for all vocations and especially vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. We are looking for more families who are prepared to commit to praying daily, together when possible for a week. A vocations Icon is presented to a family after a Sunday or vigil Mass and is circulated around the Parish with each family receiving it for one week. Please consider if you are prepared to participate in this programme and if so, please advise Liz or Canon Jim.

are required to join our committed and enthusiastic Youth Ministry Team. We need people to assist with the development of the pre-confirmation Youth  Programme which takes place on Sunday evenings during school term time. If you think you may be able to get involved please phone, write or email the Parish Office as soon as possible. You will be joining a supportive team of adults who wish to encourage challenge and stimulate our young people to engage in faith related matters and deepen their faith. Our young people need you!

The SVP are seeking to set up a support visiting scheme for one of our housebound lady Parishioners. If you feel able to help please leave your name and a contact number at the Parish Office.

Is this you?
Have you just moved from work to retirement? Have children moving on in their lives, giving you more spare time? Have you discovered hidden talents? St John the Baptist Parish can always do with more people in the large team that looks after the parish. You don’t have to join a rota! There are jobs that you could do as it suits you. For instance, we could do with a handyman/woman. Ring Liz at the Parish Office Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00.