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Altar Servers – Guild of St Stephen
Trains and co-ordinates altar servers for St Joseph’s Church. Servers can begin training after their First Holy Communion (Year 4 and above) but there is no upper age limit. Training of new servers normally takes place between October and December each year.
Bidding Prayer Writers Rota
If you would be interested in joining this team, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Birtley Catholic Club & Parish Centre
Serves St Joseph’s Parish, Birtley, and the wider community. Function room available for hire. See website link to Parish Centre for more information
CAFOD (NE Region)
Parish’s 3rd World Development Group Live Simply Group
Charity Coffee Morning Rota
In Parish Centre after 10.00am Mass each Sunday morning. Not only a chance to meet other parishioners socially, but is an excellent opportunity for charitable fund-raising.
Children’s Liturgy Group (during Sunday 10am Mass)
Church Cleaners
Meet in Church Friday 9.00-10.00 am, volunteers always welcome
Church Grounds Maintenance
Outside Plant Pots etc…
Lawns and Garden - Volunteers desperately needed.
Church Pastoral Council
The CPC is a consultative body whose aim is to help the Parish Priest consider pastoral and other works and to propose and co-ordinate practical measures for implementing them. Members are drawn from parishioners, often representing parish groups, under the spiritual leadership of the Parish Priest, Fr Mark Millward. Meetings second Sunday of month, 7.00pm in the Presbytery
Choir - Church Music Group
Choir – Male Voice
Sing at Vigil Mass, Weddings & Funerals. New members always welcome.
Please contact us via the Contact Form.
Communications
Parish Bulletin – Entries by Wednesday 12 noon: birtleybulletin@gmail.com
Parish Website - www.stjosephsbirtley.co.uk . For all enquiries please contact us via the Contact Form.
Credit Union Volunteers
Diocesan Refugee Project Volunteers
Designated box at back of church for donations
Financial Management
Chair of Finance Committee
Parish Accountant & Gift Aid Co-ordinator
Flower Arranging
If you would like to dedicate flowers to a loved-one, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Food Bank Volunteers
Designated box at back of church for donations
Guiding
Rainbows - Age 5-7 Meet in Youth Wing Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm
Brownies - Age 7-10 Meet in Youth Wing Tuesday 6.30-8.00pm
Girl Guides - Age 10-14 Meet in Youth Wing Friday 7.00-8.30pm
Rangers - Age 14-19 Meet in Small Meeting Room Friday 7.00-8.30pm (or in with Guides if necessary)
New leader for Brownies required by Summer 2020: if interested, please contact Guiding website.
Let The Children Live
To help the Street Children of Columbia. Collection at Church every three months.
Lourdes Group
Youth Sponsorship
Diocesan Pilgrimage
Hospitalite Notre Dame de Lourdes
Mill Hill Missions
Red Box Co-ordinator
Ministers of Holy Communion
If a sick or housebound parishioner need Holy Communion in the home, please contact Fr Martin or Deacon Peter direct, or contact us via the Contact Form.
Ministry of Welcome
If you would like to join the group, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Offertory Procession Rotas
If you would like to join the group, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Parish Fayre Organising Committee & Annual Raffle
As well as fund-raising, this is a great opportunity for all members of the parish, of all ages, to meet, organise and spend time together. If you would like to get involved, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Piety Stall Organiser
We are looking for someone to take over this roll of ordering and selling religious items. If you are interested, please contact Priest or Deacon.
PM Club
Parish Centre Fridays 12.00-2.30pm. Inter-denominational social meeting, bingo, cup of tea or coffee for female senior citizens. Not a money-making group – purely social.
Readers Rotas
If you would like to join the group, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Society of St Vincent De Paul
The SVP actively work with the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised. Meeting dates vary but are advertised in the parish bulletin 2 weeks beforehand. New members always welcome.
SVP Minnie Vinnies
Junior branch of the SVP and controlled by schools. For more information, please contact schools within the parish by direct link on our website.
Social Justice & Environment Partnership Group
If you are interested in this group, please contact us via the Contact Form.
Women’s Guild
Usually meet Monday’s 1-3pm for tea/coffee and chat. Any enquiries please contact us via the Contact Form.
Young Mothers Guild (YMG)
Meets every Wednesday during school term time – see parish bulletin for weekly activities and also separate section on our Website.
Youth Club
Junior School Children Aged 7-11. Meets every Monday Parish Centre 6.30–8.00pm, entrance 50p. It is a chance for kids to meet new friends and generally have some fun. They run a tuck shop and activities include table tennis, pool, arts & crafts, indoor football and games consoles. Also partake in activities outside of the Parish Centre 2 or 3 times a year.
Youth Ministry