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Serving Options/Where to Serve

It takes around 900 volunteers to help make Newday happen. Here's your chance to get involved and help to make this year’s event a success.

To serve at Newday you need to be over 18 (by the 1st August) and be able to provide a DBS disclosure dated within the last 3 years.

Setup Teams

There's a real buzz about the site during setup. It's hard work, but great fun to see the showground take shape. Why not choose from the options below and join us?

There’s no discount on delegate fees if you only serve during setup, but we’ll feed you three meals a day for free. Please note that bookings for setup servers closes at midnight on Sunday 23 July. You’re welcome to serve during setup if you book after this deadline, but we won’t be able to provide you food.

Setup catering

Be part of the team preparing food for our hard workers serving at Newday. If you have a catering background, great! If not, we don’t mind – a willingness to get involved is even more important. You’ll need to be able to arrive to start work in the morning on Thursday 27 July.

Setup marking out

Fancy painting white lines across the showground’s green grass? Marking out will suit you perfectly. This team divides up the showground into a clever map of zones and camping sites using just white paint - amazing! Full training will be given for this essential role.

Site setup

Join the huge buzzing team that gets the site ready for the event. We need loads of willing volunteers to help with marking out the camping site, carpeting the seminar venues and Big Top, laying trackway, putting up fencing, hanging the drapes and dozens of other essential tasks. You’ll need to arrive in time to start work on Thursday 27 July, although we’ll happily accommodate late-comers if you let us know.

Setup supplies & resources

If you’re aged 25 or over and have a clean driving licence, why not volunteer to join the team that sorts the supplies for Newday? From unloading the containers to collecting stationery orders and all sorts in between.

Take Down Teams

Once the event has finished we need to return the showground to the way we found it (more-or-less). Help us make this happen over a couple of days following the last day.

There’s no discount on delegate fees if you only serve during take down, but we’ll feed you three meals a day for free.

Take down catering

We feed everyone who stays on site to help us pack up after Newday – so why not stay and help our amazing chef and the team to pack down the kitchens?

Site take down

It takes from Sunday morning to Monday afternoon to dismantle the whole of Newday! From taking up carpets and packing up venues to blitzing the amenity blocks and litter-picking the site, we’re proud that our Take Down teams leave the site in better shape than we found it. Everyone mucks in and there’s plenty to do – but we’ll feed you well, and you’ll be amongst friends. If you can spare an extra 8, 24 or even 36 hours after the event, please do – it’s a great opportunity to honour our hosts at the showground.

Main Event Serving Teams

All our serving teams that run during the main event are listed below. If you want to be involved in any of these teams, you’ll need to book in using a recruitment code that will be available from your team leader.

Main Meetings/Big Top Teams

12-14s (part-time, 50% discount)

Working each morning except the last, the 12-14s team will look after a small group of 12-14 year olds in their morning meetings. Get to know your group, pick up on pastoral issues, be on hand to help with prayer ministry during their meetings/seminars and play silly games!

Kids work for servers (part-time, 50% discount)

These vibrant teams take care of and teach the younger children who come to Newday. There’s a special programme for those aged 3-11 years every morning, split into three age groups (3-4s, 5-7s and 8-11s), primarily to release parents to serve in other areas of Newday or to be on site for delegates from their church group. If you enjoy working with children, these teams can use your help.

Bookshop Team

If you have experience of operating a till, why not join the busy team that runs the Newday bookshop? From stocking shelves to taking sales, there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied. Full training will be given, so even if you don’t have the experience, you’re still welcome to sign up.

Catering Team

From the beginning of setup to the end of take down, this team prepares and serves around 5,000 meals to the hungry workers serving Newday. Food close to your heart? This team needs you!

Cleaning Team (full or part-time)

We need both guys and girls to join this team which takes on the essential task of keeping our amenity blocks sparkling and well-stocked, plus some litter picking. You’ll work in small teams in shifts and you can choose whether to work full- or part-time. And, of course, you get to ride the famous Newday buggy!

Site Facilities & Maintenance Team

If you like variety, hard work and lots of laughs then this is the team for you! There’s a whole heap of things that need loading, recording, mending, sticking, taping, checking, unblocking, fencing and unloading. If you are practical, or able to use your initiative and improvise, then this team has your name on it. 

We need both ladies and gents for loads of different jobs, especially those who would like to use their DIY experience, and we’re always on the lookout for skilled plumbers and carpenters that can help us too. You’ll work in small teams in shifts, so there is bound to be a time that will suit you. 

Steel toe-capped shoes would be a definite advantage but all other personal protective equipment will be provided.

Stewarding (full or part-time)

Play a vital role in the smooth running of the meetings at Newday! This responsible role involves ensuring everyone on site is able to participate in all areas of the event without disturbing others and whilst maintaining delegate safety and compliance with site rules. 

You might find yourself welcoming delegates to the main meetings or perhaps being responsible for a seminar venue. If you like meeting people, can anticipate their needs and are good at problem-solving, you’ll love this team – and it’s a great way to work and still participate in the meetings and seminars.

Sports Teams (full or part-time)

Newday delegates work hard and play hard! Join the teams which run the active programmes for the week. Get involved with supervising sports sessions (including the skate park), organising tournaments and competitions, refereeing events and making sure everyone has a fun, safe time at Newday. If you choose to serve part-time we’ll give you a 50% discount on fees.

Specialist Roles

Medical professionals

Our medical cover during Newday is provided by specialist medical professionals. If you’re a qualified doctor, paramedic or registered nurse practitioner (A&E, paediatric or practice) or registered nurse (any branch, but interested in young people!) and would like to serve in this way, please get in touch. We'd love to have you as part of the team.

Telehandler forklift and flying carpet operators

For setup and take down we need volunteers skilled in using flying carpets and/or a Telehandler forklift (either 9m/3 ton or 17m/4 ton reach/capacity). If you might be able to help or know of someone in your church who might be able to (even for part of the time) please let us know.

Firefighters

Our Health & Safety team includes highly experienced and qualified professionals to ensure you enjoy a safe week at Newday. We’d very much like a firefighter in current service to join this team. If you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you!

Newday creative

Filming, photography, writing and journalism all are areas the creative team cover. If you are currently studying or working in these areas we'd love you to come along and volunteer to be part of this exciting venture.

Ministry Teams

Praying for your young people at Newday

If you’re the Lead Youth Worker (you may nor may not be the Group Coordinator) for your church group, you will be able to nominate adults from your group to pray for your own young people at Newday. The adults you nominate won’t need to join the Ministry Team or submit any paperwork to us (although we do, of course, recommend that any adults you nominate adhere to your church’s usual safeguarding protocols). We will simply ask you to collect prayer wristbands on the first day to distribute to those you’ve nominated. We hope this will make it simpler for you to get members of your team engaged in response times with your young people.

Ministry team (red caps)

Of course, we still have an active ministry team (the red caps) to pray with young people during ministry times. Those joining the ministry team commit to praying for young people during both main meetings and seminars, and should book as main event servers, quoting recruitment code 'ministry'. Like all our main event servers, they’ll need to provide their church leaders' recommendation and evidence of a DBS check. As full-time servers, ministry team members come to Newday for free.

Don't Mind!

If you are just willing to give your time to serving in any role then you would be most welcome. Please indicate this when booking in.