Mind the Gap: Stewarding

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“Our job is to fill the gaps and make sure there are no gaps.”

That’s how Ewan Jones sums up stewarding at St George’s. But of course there’s a lot more to it than that, and very rewarding it is too.

What does the role involve? In practical terms a steward helps prepare for Sunday services; unlocks the doors, checks that service leaders and the welcome team have arrived, helps people use the lift.  And during the service they are in the foyer on hand for anything that crops up.  They organise the collection and count the congregation.  In other words, they’re the eyes and ears of the church during services.

“Being at the heart of the team is very rewarding.  We get to know everyone’s interests and talents because we might have to call on someone to help us if the unexpected happens, to make it all run smoothly.  I’ve been a steward for six years and my wife Izzi for four.  Being organised is important but also ready for anything unusual that might crop up. It does happen and that’s what makes it an interesting job.”

If you’d like to find out more about stewarding or play your part and sign up, please contact reception@stgeorgesleeds.org.uk