Volunteer Church Sitter - St Mary Magdalene. The Battlefield Church

Church of St Mary Magdalene, Battlefield, Shropshire

About the role

It's very simple really: Pick up the keys to the church, open up, sit back and enjoy the sacred atmosphere of the building or read a book for as short or as long a time as you like and then close and lock the doors and return the key.

About the place

The church was built on the site of the 1403 Battle of Shrewsbury between Henry IV and Henry "Hotspur" Percy, and was originally intended as a chantry, a place of intercession and commemoration for those killed in the fighting. Originally a collegiate church staffed by a small community of chaplains whose main duty was to perform a daily liturgy for the dead possibly built over a mass burial pit.

What's involved?

  • Collecting the key from a nearby key-holder (5 minutes’ walk away)
  • Opening the doors and putting the A board out.
  • Being present in the church at all times whilst the door is open
  • Locking the church when done and returning the key.
  • Becoming familiar with and following the Trusts Health and Safety Policy at all times. You will be given a health and safety briefing when you start and there is written guidance in the church

Support and training: As part of your induction you will receive a welcome meeting and explore your hopes, expectations and requirements.

There will be a full time member of staff to support you in your role based at St Mary’s church, in Shrewsbury town centre

You will also be part of a wider team of 30+ volunteers in the Shrewsbury area who meet on a quarterly basis and receive a quarterly email update specifically for the team. There will be opportunities to attend training and other events and workshops and any other specific training needs will be considered.

Expenses: Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be paid, and other reasonable expenses agreed in advance

No of positions available:

Contact: Robert J Milton

Telephone: 07912 388 985

Email: [email protected]

Robert Milton
07912 388 985