Serving the Saints
1 Peter 4:10: God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Here at St Stephen’s, we believe that as the body of Christ we are called to serve one another well, to use our God given gifts to bless and encourage each other and in order that we might grow together to be more like Jesus.
Everybody has something to bring to the party and everybody gets to play.
Sometimes it’s hard to know in what ways we can serve, what it might entail and who we can talk to about it.
The following is a simple guide to help you find the places in which you can serve the saints here at St Stephen’s as part of your faithful discipleship and walk with GOD.
Serving the Saints on a Sunday
These are the main areas of service where we encourage people to serve one another by committing to be on a rota. Where there is no name to contact please speak to Justin & Lucy Groves or to Lucy Jones in the office.
- Sunday Warden
- Worship Band (Eleanor Law)
- Audio Visual Team (Eleanor Law)
- Prayer Ministry
- Ministry to children and or young people
Serving the Saints midweek
These are some of the ways we encourage people to think about serving midweek:
- Helping at the Coffee Morning
- Helping at funerals
- Setting up chairs and furniture for different types of events and services
- Hosting or leading a small group
- Catering for Alpha and or other church events
- Helping with Alpha
Serving the Saints administratively
We are always grateful for help from those who have expertise in administrative tasks and financial matters. These include these things:
- Building maintenance (grants, faculties and working with contractors)
Serving the Saints spontaneously
Whilst we consider it important to play to one another’s strengths we also believe that as the body of Christ, as part of a people committed to each other, we need to step up sometimes to do things that might for whatever reason be left unattended to. These things might not be glamorous or our passion but nevertheless they need doing and we don’t necessarily have to wait to be asked. Whether it be chair moving or hoovering or welcoming people on a Sunday let’s all be on the lookout for what needs doing and be ready to step up.
Serving the Saints generously
We don‘t expect people to sign up to be on every possible rota! But when we do commit we need to do so wholeheartedly.
1 Peter 4: 10 in the Message version says “… Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it …’
We want to say a huge thank you to those who serve for all your hard work. We are so very grateful.
Let’s continue to serve one another in love.
Justin and Lucy Groves
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.