Volunteering at St Peter’s
As a vibrant community, the Cathedral is dependent on volunteers with a variety of skills. Whether you are interested in meeting different people, or prefer to work quietly in the background, there is sure to be something that is “right” for you. Members of the congregation support the Cathedral community in various ways. The following list demonstrates the diversity of activities in which volunteers assist at the Cathedral:
Our archivist is responsible for preserving historical documents and recording significant events. Relevant documents and items for preservation and are stored to allow ready access in the future.
Art Show Volunteers
The Cathedral has run an extremely successful Art Show in October for over ten years. This event is open to all and has attracted established as well as emerging artists.
The Cathedral has the heaviest ring of 8 bells in the southern hemisphere. A dedicated team rings the bells before Sunday services, at weddings and on other occasions by arrangement. The Bell Ringers practise on Tuesday nights between 7.30 and 9.00 pm. The Cathedral also houses a teaching chamber for new ringers. New and visiting ringers are welcome.
Brass & Silver Cleaners
The people on this roster come into the Cathedral during the week to clean and maintain the brass
The Pastoral Care Team supports people by sending cards on behalf of the Cathedral. Please phone the Cathedral office if you are aware of someone who may appreciate a card.
The Cathedral Council determines policy and is responsible for the running of the Cathedral in conjunction with the Dean. Members include:
- the Dean
- Dean’s and People’s Warden
- Canon Presentor
- Archbishop’s and Diocesan Council Representative
- members of the Cathedral Community
Cathedral Kids’ Leaders
Louise Lipman co-ordinates and leads this programme run on Sundays at 10.30am.
The Cathedral has a number of different choirs:
- the Cathedral Choir (a mixed voice choir of children and adults who sing most Sundays in school terms),
- Certaine Notes – sings when the Cathedral choir is away.
- Gregorian Choir – the men of the cathedral choir.
- Cantores in Excelsis – the trebles and altos of the Cathedral Choir. Membership of these choirs is by audition with the Director of Music.
Eucharistic assistants robe and assist with the administration of Holy Communion at the Sunday Eucharist.
Executive and Finance Committee
Formed under the Cathedral Ordinance, this group acts as the executive of Council between Council meetings and as an advisory group to the Dean.
The guild is responsible for the weekly arrangements of flowers in the cathedral. New members, whether experienced florists or beginners, are welcome.
Friends of the Cathedral
Assist the Dean and Cathedral Staff with funds for the preservation and development of the fabric of the Cathedral and precincts. The Friends support the Cathedral’s activities and devotional life and provide a link between all those, within the Cathedral family and far beyond, who have the Cathedral’s interests at heart and support it through prayer.
Home Group Coordinators
The hospitality team was formed in 2014 with the original purpose being to provide refreshments to parishes who visited as part of the Cathedral Mother Church hospitality programme. However, their role soon expanded as they became involved in other Cathedral and Diocesan events.
Intercessors and Readers
Members of the congregation are rostered to read the Old and New Testament readings at all Sunday services. At the 10.30 am service they also lead the prayers of the people. Training is given.
This group collects wool and knits squares to be made into blankets. Any contributions of wool and volunteers to knit are always appreciated. The blankets are distributed through Anglicare.
Morning Tea Coordinator and Helpers
Morning tea is served to all who wish to stay after each of the Sunday morning services – in the cathedral after the 8.00 am service and in the Cynthia Poulton Hall (Cathedral Close) after the 10:30 service. Volunteers work in teams to prepare and serve the morning tea and coffee and clean up afterwards. The roster usually involves one morning each month for about one hour following the service.
This person is responsible for music scores used by choirs and organists.
Members of this group make vestments and altar linen, and repair damaged items. If you have skills in this area, or would like to learn, you would be most welcome. The group meets in the John Dunn Room on the fourth Monday of every month at 10.00 am
The Cathedral office is a busy place, particularly when there is extra printing for services or other activities at the Cathedral. Volunteers take initial telephone calls and assist with general secretarial duties at the front desk.
Pastoral Care Team
A team of trained parishioners who, by arrangement, visit, take communion to those in hospital or at home and undertake other pastoral duties in consultation with the clergy. Team members are expected to meet the requirements of the ‘Safer Ministry Program’ of the Diocese of Adelaide which includes a National Police Clearance Certificate. While the team tries to keep up with the needs of the community, please contact the Cathedral office if you are aware of anyone who is in need and may appreciate a visit.
Planned Giving Recorder
This committee oversees and organises maintenance, building projects and cares for the total fabric and grounds of the Cathedral.
The Sacristan cares for the sacristy, the vestments, fair linen and ornaments of the church.
Servers’ roles at Cathedral’s services include acolytes, thurifer, crucifer and guides during the administration of Holy Communion. People of all ages can serve, including children from the age of seven. Careful training is offered in preparation for these duties.
Serving the Sacred. The Cathedral Shop keeps stock of Bibles, cards, crosses, candles etc as well as seasonal gifts. A percentage of the profit from the shop goes to support mission ventures. It is staffed by volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome.
At services, stewards welcome, hand out orders of services, take up and count any money collected. They are also responsible for security: for any evacuation (should it be necessary), calling of police and other emergency services. They ensure the Cathedral is left ready for the next service.
Free tours are offered by volunteers every Wednesday at 11 am and Sunday at 12.30 pm. Paid tours at other times must be pre-booked.
The Treasurer, a volunteer from the Cathedral’s executive team, is responsible for administering the Cathedral’s financial dealings and giving advice on financial matters to the Dean, Cathedral Council and Vestry. The treasurer is supported by the finance committee.
Updated weekly, the Cathedral Web site is a source of information for both the congregation and those wishing to learn more about the Cathedral and its life. It includes electronic copies of the Dean’s weekly letter, sermons and podcasts as well as special pages on activities.
Welcomers greet visitors to the cathedral, provide information and assistance, and ensure the safety and security of people and the fabric of the Cathedral. They keep the Cathedral open every day of the year for visitors as well as the many who need a quiet place to rest, light a candle, pray or simply be quiet. They encourage visitors to visit the Shop and participate in Guided Tours when available.
For more information, please contact the Cathedral Office.