We need:

  • A Welcoming Team to ensure parishioners enter and leave the church safely while always maintaining social distancing. The volunteers will be required to assist in a “stewarding role”. The volunteers would be part of a new form of Welcoming Ministry.
  • The Bishops’ Conference has produced a leaflet about this new ministry which you can view here.
  • A Cleaning Team for the hygiene requirements (wiping down the church benches, sanctuary, door handles, etc.) after each opening for personal prayer or public liturgy.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting materials including basic PPE for volunteers have been ordered. (Face masks, gloves, aprons for cleaners).
  • Rota of matching volunteers’ availability to requirements.

About the role:

  • To guide parishioners to enter and exit the building.
  • To sanitise the church safely once opening times are known.


Volunteers should be known to the Parish Priest.

Please note the following persons are excluded from being volunteers:

  • Anyone under the age of 16.
  • Anyone who has underlying health conditions which require shielding.
  • Anyone who has long-term health condition which requires the annual flu vaccination.
  • Anyone who is listed and barred from paid or voluntary role with children or adults.
  • Anyone who is a Registered Sex Offender.


Please return your completed application forms by email to reopenstjosephs@gmail.com.