Open Church Volunteers - NEEDED

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StAlfegeChurch Thu 06-Feb-14 11:14:20

St Alfege Church in the centre of Greenwich is looking for volunteers to keep the church open to the public.

St Alfege is the Anglican Parish church in the centre of Greenwich. There has been a church here for over one thousand, dedicated to the memory of Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was martyred on this site in 1012. It has had connections with many famous figures in British history since including Henry VIII, Thomas Tallis, General James Wolfe, and John Flamsteed. The present church replaced an earlier medieval building. It is nearly 300 years old, designed by Nicholas Hawskmoor, Wren’s famous pupil. The interior contains many fine examples of 18th craftsmanship and design. Greenwich is one of London’s most popular tourist destinations, and many visitors from all around the world want to look around this historic church. We therefore need to keep the church open from 11.00am to 4.00pm, seven days a week, and to do this we are seeking to recruit a team of volunteers.

The role of the Volunteer is to welcome visitors to the church, and to answer simple questions about the building and its history. Volunteers will be given training in all aspects of their role, and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. The church Administrator will usually be available in the church to provide support and backup to the team.

We ask that you are:

1) Comfortable and confident to meet and talk to all types of people, and are happy to come forward and welcome them to come in and look around the church.

2) Someone who may have had some experience in dealing with the general public, including overseas visitors, in a similar role or situation.

3) Able to use your own initiative, as well as being part of a team.

4) Not expected to belong to or favour any particular religion or faith. St Alfege welcomes everyone.

In return, you will:

•Meet new and interesting people.
•Share with visitors in the interest and enjoyment of our common heritage.
•Get great satisfaction from being of service to others.

To find out more please contact:

Jenny Bracey
020 8853 0687
jenny.bracey@st-alfege.org.uk

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