“Making people feel expected and prepared-for echoes a heavenly truth…”

Come Sundays, CityHill thrums with an air of tangible excitement as families and friends congregate to praise The Lord. And the entire Church hums like a well-oiled machine… from the info desk where beaming faces answer queries to the outside area where the smell of delicious bacon-and-egg rolls cooking wafts through the air.

Indeed, it all seems to come together quite magically. But behind the scenes, scores of devoted volunteers are working hard to help make the Sunday services the inspiring, awe-inducing affairs that they are.

Meet, then, the CityServe people who work in a host of areas. These include the Audio Visual team, those manning the tea-and-coffee stations, communion preparation, and the brewing of cappuccinos – with the perfect head and body, of course – in our coffee shop!

But more than just serving The Church, volunteering in CityServe provides a wonderful means of meeting new people and making new friends, and fostering one’s own relationship with Jesus Christ.

Volunteers serve every fourth or fifth Sunday, secure in the knowledge that they’re helping fulfil the words of John 12:26: “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.”


• Mocha Cafe (selling tickets or making/serving cappuccinos)

• Media/Production Team
• Security
• Bacon & Egg Rolls
• Tea & Coffee Stations
• Communion Team
First impressions are essential. And it’s been said that people often make up their mind about whether or not they like a church within the first five minutes of arriving. That’s just one of the reasons why CityServe provides the Church with such an indispensable function. 

We sat down with Iain and Lara Jourdan to talk about hospitality.

“Our church is a family of believers, and we want to make people feel as though they’re arriving home when they walk through our doors. We want to make them feel loved, expected and very welcome! People can find every reason not to go to church on a Sunday,” smile the Jourdans. “We want to try and give them every reason to come back and get connected with God and within his local church. Of course, it helps that both Lara and Iain so clearly have a heart for this sort of ministry, and they emphasise the importance of making people feel connected and part of a community – part of God’s kingdom here on earth.

“Making people feel expected and prepared-for echoes a heavenly truth: that Christ has gone ahead of us to prepare an eternal home for each one of us with The Father,” says this engaging couple. “We want people to catch God’s heart for them as we welcome them into our church home.”

Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”