Sally has been volunteering as a steward since 2019. She works in the Cathedral on Sunday mornings at the Eucharist.

I’d say to anyone thinking about volunteering, it’s fun, give it a go.

Sally – volunteer steward

Sally began volunteering as a steward in 2019 and really enjoys it. She helps out most Sunday mornings at the Eucharist. 

‘I just love being in the Cathedral, I love the service and the music, and I really enjoy meeting and welcoming people, and helping with the drinks afterwards. I’m getting to know members of the congregation, which is lovely.  

'I sign up to volunteer a month ahead but can make changes if I have to, so it works very well. I’d say to anyone thinking about volunteering, it’s fun, give it a go. You meet people and have a chat, it’s very friendly. You won’t lose anything by trying!’

Sally, a volunteer steward at the Cathedral

Becoming a steward at Christ Church

Stewards at an event in the Cathedral Garden

Supervision: Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator (VVC), Head Steward

Time commitment: Sign up according to your availability.

Purpose and function: Stewards are the front face of the Cathedral to worshippers and event-attendees, able to ensure that all are greeted in a friendly and welcoming manner and have a safe, pleasant experience when attending a service or an event at the Cathedral from welcome through to departure.

Role profile:

  • Enthusiastic about the Cathedral and its mission
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • A positive, friendly, helpful attitude
  • Willing to undertake training
  • Able to operate alone or as part of a team
  • Able to take and follow instructions
  • Able to use initiative and judgement
  • Security-conscious, always alert to your surroundings


  • Welcoming worshippers, scanning or checking tickets, showing guests to their seats, serving refreshments
  • Assisting with the administration of Communion queues ensuring an orderly flow of communicants
  • Assisting with the collection of offertory monies
  • At large services undertaking tasks delegated by the Head Steward or senior event staff member (e.g. the Head Verger, or the Operations Manager)
  • In the event of an emergency, assisting with an evacuation of the Cathedral under the direction of the Duty Verger
  • Liaising with other key volunteers and staff helping at services or events
  • Referring a problem or seeking support from the Verger or event leader, particularly if a dispute or inappropriate behaviour should occur by a visitor, or any form of danger to individuals or to the building becomes apparent
  • Being vigilant of security risks at all times, including unattended items, fire, protest, and the safety of your own possessions etc.

General volunteer requirements:

  • Read and follow the Christ Church Cathedral Volunteer Safeguarding Guide
  • Complete Church of England Safeguarding Training – Basic Awareness, and Foundation modules
  • Read and sign the Volunteer Agreement
  • Complete induction training which will include Health & Safety, Fire, Security, as appropriate for the role
  • Depending on additional advice received from the UK government or Church of England, you may be required to attend additional training sessions
  • Attend Volunteer Days and training sessions as appropriate for the role

Volunteer benefits

  • Become part of a friendly, supportive and welcoming community of volunteers
  • Invitations to monthly coffee mornings with quizzes and talks; annual Garden Party and Epiphany Party (including a guest); visits to places of interest
  • Priority booking to services such as Nine Lessons & Carols
  • Free entry to the Christ Church site at any time (when open) with family or friends
  • 10% discount in the Christ Church shop.

Other volunteer roles

Find out more about all the volunteer roles available at the Cathedral.