How can I play a part?
How can I play a part?
‘Church’ was never supposed to be a spectator sport — with just a few people running round doing everything, while everyone else stands and watches! In the Vineyard, one of our values is that ‘everybody gets to play’ — keep on reading to find out all the different ways you can be involved.
Jesus is our role model for serving in the Kingdom. He said: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Alongside coming regularly, being financially committed, and joining a Connect Group, we encourage everyone who thinks of Aylesbury Vineyard as ‘my Church’ to find a place to serve on a Sunday morning. The typical time commitment we ask is serving once a month.
Scroll down this page to check out the various opportunities to serve within Aylesbury Vineyard.
If you have any questions about serving, please contact the Church Office and someone will be delighted to help!
Our Hosting Teams on Sundays do an amazing job of making sure everyone who comes is given a warm welcome, offered refreshments and knows where to go if they have questions.
Hosting is a vital ministry, because it’s the first point of contact for anyone visiting the Church — before they ever experience the worship or the preaching! Going anywhere for the first time is really daunting, so we try really hard to make everyone feel welcome and special, so they know we’re delighted they’ve come!
The Welcome team offers a warm welcome to every adult and child who comes along. We specially look out for newcomers, introduce them to others of a similar age and background, explain where everything happens (such as Vineyard Kids) and make sure they know where to find the free literature.
The Car Parking team has a really important role, because we’re the first team to greet anyone visiting the Church, helping direct them to the most suitable parking space. Greeting everyone warmly, with a smile — especially when it’s freezing cold or raining – shows our guests Aylesbury Vineyard is a really friendly, welcoming Church.
The Information point is a vital part of our overall welcome, especially to those who are new. We try to answer everyone’s questions — such as, ‘How do we join the Church?’, ‘What is there for the children?’ and ‘How do I give?’ We also encourage filling in a Connection Card to be kept in touch with what’s happening.
The Hospitality team has an essential role in making people feel welcome! It’s a great place to serve, because we get to say hello to several hundred people passing through as we’re serving them tea and coffee and directing them to the doughnuts and pastries! As with all of the Welcome team, we’re specially looking out for newcomers to say hello to and make sure they feel really wanted.
The Venue Managers make sure things run smoothly in relation to the Vineyard Centre facilities on a Sunday morning. We take care of everything apart from the actual Service, so the Pastoral and Worship teams can focus completely on their roles, without unnecessary distractions. Venue managing requires good awareness, attention to detail and the ability to handle challenges calmly and firmly, while still being positive and affirming! The role is most rewarding when everything is working so well that nobody notices us doing our job!
Our Production Team on Sunday morning is split into three areas, working closely together to ensure that all of the visual media and audio aspects of the Services are of excellent quality and accessible to everyone. We’re also responsible for lighting. Our aim is that no-one notices what we’re doing, because it all runs smoothly and to a very high standard.
The Camera team projects a live feed of what’s happening and videos the Services for the website. It helps anyone thinking of coming along to get a feel for the kind of Church we are.
The Sound team provides high-quality audio for Services and other events. We work closely with the Worship band and the other Production teams. On weeks we’re serving, we also come to the Thursday evening rehearsal.
The Visual Media team projects worship song lyrics, notices, the speaker’s slides and plays videos. It’s a very important role, which requires focus and concentration!
Our team’s desire is to see our children and youth living out Jesus-centred lives and we are passionate about driving forward a Kingdom focused vision amongst them.
Our Sunday evening group for everyone in school years 6 & 7 involves fun, food, friendship and faith together!
We run a fun-packed morning of worship, teaching, games and activities as we explore becoming more like Jesus. Our fantastic team organise each of these areas and hang out with the children, encouraging them to get to know each other and Jesus!
Ignite is an interactive group for our younger children, with lots of toys, games, craft, music and Bible stories, organised by our lovely team of volunteers to help them discover God personally!
At Embers we provide music to sing and dance with the babies, praying for them and we also do basic craft activities to keep them entertained while their parents enjoy the Service!
Vineyard Vibes offers pre-school music classes to children (aged 0–4) and their parents with singing, dancing and interactive props! There are many different areas to get involved with including our Café team, serving refreshments and chatting to parents, helping tidy away and set up the toys during the music sessions, registration and leading the sessions themselves!
Vineyard Youth covers school years 7–13. Currently there are two regular youth get-togethers each week, plus occasional social events and trips to conferences and festivals, such as Soul Survivor and Vineyard Churches’ DTI — Dreaming the Impossible. Our team help out by setting up the venue, giving talks, organising games and activities as well as hanging out with the youth to encourage them!
‘Warehouse’ is our Friday evening youth event, which happens every week during term-time. This is when we have the chance to hang out, socialise and spend time worshipping, praying and learning about God in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
On Sunday mornings, we join with Service 2 from 11.15 am and then after the worship (from the start of the offering break) we meet together in a nearby room for food, drinks, games and conversation.
Our Worship Teams are committed to leading the congregation in authentic and expectant worship, with a high standard of excellence as singers and musicians. Our overriding goal, however, is not musical expertise, but to lead everyone into intimacy with God. We have four regular Worship bands, each of which plays on one Sunday per month. Unlike most Sunday teams, where you can serve for just one Service, the Worship bands play for both the Services. We rehearse on a midweek evening (usually a Thursday) in the week prior to our Sunday.
There’s just as much happening at Aylesbury Vineyard during the week as there is on a Sunday! Do you have skills and a passion to help by serving in ways other than on Sunday mornings? Here are some ideas:
If you’d be willing to make time available to serve — whether daytime, evenings or weekends — just contact the Church Office and we’ll get in touch to chat about possibilities. We love matching what needs doing with what people enjoy doing!
Are you a tradesman or competent DIY-er? Could you help in repairing or refurbishing the Vineyard Centre? We’d love to be able to do more to improve the condition of our lovely (but, vintage) building, if you have some time you can make available, any days or evenings.
Do you love cooking for dinner parties and family events? Would you enjoy being involved in catering for small events of up to 20 guests — such as newcomers' meals, leadership team dinners and other one-off events? There’s a fully-equipped kitchen and all the ingredients for you to prepare your best-loved dishes!
Could you help support people in our Church family from time-to-time, by being part of a rota providing meals for families with new babies or suffering illness or bereavement?
Many young families and single parents can’t get involved in Church life (such as Connect Groups) because they have no-one trusted and reliable to babysit — could you bless them by being a big sister or nanny...?
Storehouse is the umbrella term for our compassion ministries. There are a huge number of different roles in which you can get involved, Monday–Thursday and Saturday, in providing practical support for this ministry, both up-front and behind the scenes. We’re always looking for new people to get involved and offer your time, skills and energies to serve those who are less fortunate or disadvantaged.