- There are lots of ways to volunteer with The Village MCC – from participation in church worship to offering help in the larger community.
- You do not have to be a member of The Village MCC to volunteer with us.
- You can volunteer weekly, monthly, to a schedule, or just when you have some time.
- The Village MCC and many city services could not operate without the willingness of volunteers. You can make a huge difference.
- To volunteer in any area please speak to the pastor or a board member.
Community Volunteer Opportunities.
Although there are lots of ways that you can volunteer in the community with various groups, these are the opportunities organized by The Village MCC :
Brighton in need
Every Friday evening, (except when it’s raining), from 8:30 until late, a group of volunteers deliver essential items to Brighton’s rough sleepers. The Village MCC organises two or three volunteers each week to help out. You can volunteer once a fortnight, monthly, or however often suits you, although we do ask that you commit to whatever schedule you agree to. This work makes a huge difference to Brighton’s rough sleepers and helps us to signpost Sleepsafe services where needed. The group works in central Brighton.
LGBT Befrienders service
Working with Brighton’s LGBT switchboard befrienders call and visit those in our community who are often housebound and isolated because of ongoing health issues or mobility problems. Befrienders commit to giving an hour or two every week or every other week.
The LGBT Switchboard works closely with the Befriending Coalition, a group of local befriending services, who support volunteers in this role. There is training available, if you want that, and also travel expenses can be paid.
Becoming housebound or isolated can happen to any of us through ill health, bereavement or some other change in circumstances. It makes an enormous difference to people to feel connected once again, and to build a friendship which connects them to a world outside their four walls.
Sleepsafe Brighton and Hove
Sleepsafe (www.sleepsafebh.org) was born out of our desire to make a difference to those in the LGBT community that are homeless or not securely housed. However, much of what we do is relevant to the wider community and our services are accessed beyond the LGBT communities of Brighton and Hove. This is a project that is still in its early stages, but if you would like to know more about this group and/or support this work in some way we would be delighted to hear from you.
The Village Crisis Team.
In order to respond to crisis in the community the village has a crisis fund administered by a crisis team. This role requires that you be able to respond out of hours, are familiar with safeguarding and health and safety protocols, are able to respect confidentiality, and are comfortable making decisions in difficult circumstances. Volunteers require a recent DBS check certificate.
Volunteering with the Village MCC Worship Team
Volunteers work in pairs to set up our worship space and then put the room back as we found it after worship. Volunteers are scheduled about every 6 weeks.
Readers begin the worship service with a welcome and reading. The reading will have been chosen by whoever is preaching to introduce the theme. Readers are scheduled five or six times a year by schedule. Training is available for this if you so wish.
Bring a word to our service. Between 15 – 30 minutes long a word might be a traditional sermon or a less traditional interactive experience. The Preacher’s Circle is a peer support group open to everyone who preaches at The Village MCC . At a quarterly get together we listen to each other’s recorded sermons and offer positive feedback. In this way we see our work through the eyes of our peers and can hone our skills.
The congregation’s time of prayer differs in style from week to week. It might be a time of silent prayer, or it might be prayers written by ourselves or others. There are some beautiful prayers to be found in other traditions and across many genres of literature. Although not recommended for a novice, those comfortable doing so might choose to pray extemporaneously. Prayers conclude with the community prayer found in the order of service.
• Celebration: Celebrating communion, (using inclusive language and theology please) in whatever way it speaks to you. Training is available for this if you so wish.
• Server: Offering the Eucharist to those that come forward, with a short prayer of blessing. Training is available for this if you so wish.
Weekly Linda and Simon do an amazing job providing refreshments but I’m sure would like a helping hand once in a while. There’s always room for baked goods if you’d like to bring something to share. If you use alcohol in baked goods (Christmas cake is a good example), or nuts (sometimes ground almonds are added to create richness), then please make sure that this is announced in church so that those with allergies or in recovery can avoid them. (ps. Some people especially like a sausage roll!).
The events team plans social and fundraising events for the church year. If you would like to be a part of the planning team, or take part in a specific planned event, then we welcome your help.
Church Board of Trustees
Trustees are voted into office at our annual general meeting held at the beginning of December for a term of two years. If you feel that God is calling you to this office please speak to an existing board member or myself for more information.
Sometimes we can feel called to a ministry that the church is not already engaged in. Please come and talk to me. It may be that you are being called to ordained ministry, or to some other ministry that the church is also being called to but hasn’t yet been explored. It may be that you are being called to a work that lies beyond the remit of the church, in which case how can we help you to reach for that and accomplish that? What support can we offer you so that you can respond to your call?