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In 672, St Wilfrid built the first church here to serve the community at Ripon. Some 1350 years later, Ripon Cathedral continues as a parish church, working with and for the people of this fantastic city and its locality.

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Welcomers

What is a Welcomer?

Welcomers help ensure all our visitors to the Cathedral have a warm welcome and enjoy their visit. They represent the cathedral and are sensitive to the needs of each person whom they encounter.

What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm welcome to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to the cathedral
  • Helping everyone to have an enjoyable/good and safe visit
  • Offering information about the cathedral to visitors
  • Working alongside other volunteers, staff and clergy at the cathedral
  • Being the public face of the cathedral to our visitors
  • Becoming familiar with and following the Cathedral’s policies always
  • Potentially, being available to help in other ways in the life of the Cathedral

How you may benefit

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
  • Improving your communication and people skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning new things

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with people and helping them have a good time and who are interested in helping people discover the life of the cathedral both in history and today.

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Guides

What is a Guide?

Guides help to provide information to all our visitors to the Cathedral, so that they can discover something new about the cathedral and enjoy their visit. They are on hand to engage with visitors as appropriate and to answer questions. They represent the cathedral and are sensitive to the needs of each person whom they encounter. (Tour guides have a different function in that they are designated to talk to pre-booked groups about the Cathedral.)

What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm welcome to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to the cathedral
  • Helping everyone to have an enjoyable and informative visit
  • Answering a wide range of questions and offering information about the cathedral, its history and daily life to visitors
  • Working alongside other volunteers, staff and clergy at the cathedral
  • Being the public face of the cathedral to our visitors
  • Becoming familiar with and following the Cathedral’s policies always
  • Potentially, being available to help in other ways in the life of the Cathedral

How you may benefit

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
  • Improving your communication and people skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning new things

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with people and helping them have a good time and who are interested in helping people discover the life of the cathedral both in history and today.

Time commitment

2¼ hours each fortnight on a rota
Contact for more information

Tel: 01765 608990
Email: godfreymwilson@talktalk.net
Godfrey Wilson

 

Training/Resources

Training about the cathedral and the role will be given. There
is a Volunteers’ Resources section in the Cathedral Library
for those who wish to explore more deeply.

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Education Volunteers

What is an Education Volunteer?

Work with our Education Officer and a team to ensure that our schools and learning programme is fun, engaging and inspiring for people of all ages. You’ll be involved in a range of practical activities, craft and you’ll be talking about our 1,350 years of Christian heritage.

What’s Involved?

  • Ad-hoc delivery of our school’s programme
  • Working in tandem with the Canon Educator and Learning Volunteers to engage schoolchildren with the history and faith heritage of Ripon Cathedral
  • Delivering on a series of packaged education modules

Desirable qualities

  • Background or interest in education
  • Desire and willingness to learn
  • Flexible availability on weekdays
  • Willingness to undergo safeguarding training including a DBS check
  • Engagement with a building of Christian heritage which continues to be a place of pilgrimage and worship
  • Interest in history and the Christian faith
  • Have good communication skills
  • A co-operative approach to working with other volunteers and staff as part of a team
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Flower Guild

Every week throughout the year, except during Advent and Lent, Ripon Cathedral is adorned with floral arrangements.  Exactly when and where the practice of decorating churches with flowers began is unknown but by the 12th century flowers were widely used as symbols of the beauty of God’s creation, and of the new life of the Resurrection. Individual flowers became identified with key individuals, such as the lily as a symbol of the purity of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

 

The floral displays in Ripon Cathedral are the work of the Cathedral Flower Guild which is made up of three teams of arrangers working in rotation.  As well as providing flowers every week to compliment the Cathedral’s worship, the Guild provides special flower arrangements for weddings, and large scale floral displays for events in the Cathedral calendar, such as Christmas, Easter, the Golden Wedding Service, and Harvest.

 

What is often overlooked is the impact that the flowers can have on the overall mission of the Cathedral.  Many visitors comment on how much they appreciate the beauty of the flowers, and how they enhance the experience of praying in the chapels or prayer stations.

 

Flowers are also used as a memorial to a loved-one  or in celebration of a family event. The Flower Guild is always pleased to be able to help to mark such an occasion with a specially made arrangement.

 

If anyone is interested in knowing more about the Flower Guild’s arrangements for a wedding or as a memorial or commemoration, please contact Ripon Cathedral Office.

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