Vocation to Lay Service

Welcome to the Lay Service section

PathwaysA Lay Service is Pastoral Ministry in the Catholic Church by people who serve the church but are not ordained.

The time and talents of the church community can help in many ways from Administration, Finance & Property Maintenance to Catechises, Chaplaincy, IT, Liturgy, Music and Pastoral work.

This can be likened to voluntary work most but not all roles are unpaid.

Some of the work may involved regular contact with children or vulnerable adults so will require a CRB check as a prerequisite.

The Church has a whole host of vacancies and opportunities for Lay Service – but they don’t get advertised in the usual way. The Church is not so much interested in recruitment as discernment: along which particular path is God asking me to journey?

What is Stewardship? (another view on Lay Service)

Stewardship is a way of looking at the world through the eyes of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  At its heart is the recognition that all we have and are is gift from God. God is the giver of all that we have and are. Stewardship is a way of living our discipleship in response to all that God has given us. Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering, and the action of sharing these gifts out of love for God and for one another. Stewardship is what we do after we say ‘We believe!’ In short, stewardship is both a spirituality and a way of life.

Click here for more information about vacancies and opportunities for Lay Service


We hope these words help and we plan to develop this section further soon but if you have any immediate concerns or question please contact your parish priest or click here

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