Duty Council Officer's Duties


  1. Arrive 30 minutes before the service. Make yourself known to the sidesperson and help in setting up.
  2. If the vestry door is locked, fetch the key from the outer office and unlock it.
  3. Wear your council badge and encourage other council members to do so too.
  4. Be available before the service as the "report-to" person.
  5. Check that all the people on duty are present (list available on the web site and there is a print-out in the vestry and on the notice board) and that they know what to do. This includes: intercessor, readers, sidesperson, sound system operator, server, chalice bearers, crèche attendants, coffee team, etc. If someone doesn't turn up, find a replacement (ideally by asking the person (listed at the back of the magazine) responsible for the rota).
  6. Ensure the readers have the collection bags.
  7. Provide short-term cover for the sidesperson, if necessary (but only for about 5 minutes).
  8. Act as a back-up welcomer, if nothing else to do.
  9. Check that the correct lighting is on. The light switch for the stained-glass window is at the lower left corner of the window (there is another on the outer office landing). The light switches for the sanctuary floodlights are to the right of the sanctuary step, and behind the organist's seat. (We do not usually use the fourth floodlight, because it interferes with the projector. Its switch is in the passage to the hall, to the right of the fuseboard.)
  10. Adjust the heating, if necessary, or (in summer) open windows.
  11. During the service be aware of what is happening and help if needed.
  12. After the service leave immediately and be available to take newcomers and/or visitors to coffee, introduce them to other people, etc.
  13. If the Treasurer is absent and has not appointed another person to be responsible for counting the collection, arrange with the sidesperson for the collection and coffee money to be counted and stored safely.
  14. Before you leave, ensure that the overhead infra-red heaters and all the lights in the church are turned off and that the heating switch is turned to 1. Extinguish any burning candles in the church porch (the tea lights can be left to burn down, if wished).
  15. Also check the state of the premises, using the cleaning up check list that we provide for people using our premises: in particular check that all the radiator thermostats are set to 3, the coffee machines are emptied and turned off, all bins have been emptied into the container outside, and that all toys have been tidied away in the Lower Hall. Note any problems on the "Premises Report Sheet" in the kitchen.
  16. Check that all windows are closed (in all rooms including toilets and outer office), and that the following are locked:
  17. If the outside rubbish container is full, move it to the edge of the pavement so that it will be emptied. It should also be put out on the Sunday before any sale, fête or bazaar, unless it is empty.
  18. YOU should be the last one out – if you are unable to do this then you must swap your duty with someone who can. (In any case, ensure that the hall door is locked (see above).) The duty council officer is responsible for ensuring that everything is in order for the other churches that use our premises on a Sunday.


In 1998 Council decided that the tasks above were too great a burden on the Churchwardens, and proposed a system of Churchwardens' Assistants, who would free up the wardens for more important duties. It proved hard to find suitable assistants, so it was agreed that Council members would take turns at helping with the task of ensuring that the service ran smoothly and in sharing the task of identifying and greeting newcomers. This is still the case.

All council members are expected to perform this duty approximately once every two months. No other duties e.g sidesperson, crèche leader etc can be undertaken on your Duty Council day.

This page was last modified on 13 May 2016