Can you help us a little (or a lot) with the numbers? Join the finance team !

posted 18 Sept 2020, 08:34 by CHS Info   [ updated 18 Sept 2020, 08:37 ]

Several of the finance team are standing down or retiring this year including Contact Centre Manager Jo Ross, Frances Stormer, Peta Parker and Lynn Valkenaar.  Jo will be replaced soon so we’re looking for 2-3 new volunteers who can spare a few hours each month to help with bookkeeping.  You don’t need any experience nor any accounting qualifications.  Provided you have some basic PC skills, including working with Excel, that’s all we need.

Andrew Chevis, who has been CHS Treasurer since 2015, is retiring from the role in 2021 so we’re also looking for someone who can step forward to be the next Treasurer.  Andrew will remain on the finance team so will be able to help and advise the new Treasurer for as long as needed.

The Treasurer is responsible for managing CHS’s annual income of more than £230k.  This includes regular and ad-hoc donations of £100k plus monies raised through fundraising (such as the recent £25k to install AV equipment so we can livestream services).  Annual church and Contact Centre hire adds £70k. All this money is spent either in the parish or by the Diocese.

Essential duties for the Treasurer, helped in large part by a team of volunteers, include

·         Collecting donations and recording them for tax purposes (gift aid adds 25% to donations)

·         depositing funds and maintaining receipts

·         paying employees and maintaining tax records

·         settling invoices and managing regular payments

·         reconciling statements with the ledger and noting discrepancies, and

·         providing information to the Independent Examiner who audits the accounts annually

The Treasurer sits alongside the vicar, wardens and PCC secretary on the ‘standing committee’ (SC) which has day-to-day authority in between meetings of the Parochial Church Council (PCC). As well as attending meetings of the SC and PCC, usually a dozen or so meetings annually, the Treasurer will work with the finance team as needed through the year. 

If you are potentially interested either in the role of Treasurer or helping out on the finance team please email Andrew for more information:


posted 29 Aug 2020, 01:22 by CHS Info   [ updated 18 Sept 2020, 03:26 ]

Organised and efficient administrators- we need you!

We are looking to employ a Parish Administrator and Contact Centre Manager to support the work of the Church of the Holy Spirit.  There is potential to combine these two part time roles for candidates with the relevant skills and experience.  Hours – 18 hours for Parish Administrator, 13 hours for Contact Centre Manager.  FTE salary £25,012.

The Parish Administrator role requires the ability to work across a range of functions, including, but not limited to – providing a welcoming, first contact point for the church, day to day administration and engaging with social media.

The Contact Centre Manager needs experience of facilities, staff and financial management. 

You must be able to work on your own initiative and have a flexible attitude to work, including the ability to take on new tasks when required. Confident IT skills are essential and of course be comfortable working within a church environment.

Sound good? Then get in touch!

Further details, including job descriptions, can be downloaded  here

Click here for the online application form. 

Closing date for applications is 18 September 2020 at 5pm.

If you have any difficulties accessing, please contact

Organ Scholarship- FILLED

posted 6 Mar 2019, 04:14 by Church Office   [ updated 29 Jan 2020, 04:36 ]

Organ Scholarship Job Description


Responsibilities and Duties

       Supporting the Director of Music in playing the organ at regular Sunday morning services and other musical services

       Deputising for the Director of Music on the odd occasion

       Accompanying the choir at Choral Eucharists and Evensongs

       Conducting the choir on occasion under the supervision of the Director of Music

Remuneration and Benefits

       Annual stipend of £480

       Opportunities to develop choral conducting and organ accompanying skills

       Regular coaching and skills tuition with the Director of Music

       Access to the CHS organ and piano for private practice

Interested parties should apply with a letter to the Director of Music, Andrei Lebed, at, containing an outline of previous experience, qualifications and reasons for applying. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an informal audition at Church of the Holy Spirit in the afternoon of Sunday 17th March 2019. During the audition, candidates should expect to:


  1. Perform two organ pieces of a contrasting nature, lasting no longer than 10 minutes combined
  2. Play at sight an extract of organ music written for manuals and pedals
  3. Play verses of a hymn at sight using manuals and pedals
  4. Transpose a hymn at sight (no more than up or down a tone) using manuals and pedals
  5. Score-read a passage of 4-voice (SATB) choral music at sight written in open score


The informal audition will also start with a brief chat about the candidate’s experience and motivations for applying.

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