St Helen's Church
St Michael's Church
The Church of England
I was asked, to explain, what certain roles are with the Church. The Church of England is historical in certain roles and names for the roles people take on, each individual role so important and valued, so I will start with the role of: -
A Sexton….who is an officer of a church, congregation, or synagogue charged with the maintenance of its buildings and/or the surrounding graveyard.
In smaller places of worship, this office is often combined with that of verger, caretaker and maintenance person. In larger buildings, such as cathedrals, a team of sextons may be employed.
Historically in the United Kingdom the "sexton" was sometimes a minor municipal official responsible for overseeing the town graveyard. And the position still exists today, related to management of the community's graveyard, and the sexton is usually employed by the town/parish or community council.
Among the traditional duties of the sexton in small parishes was the digging of graves—the gravedigger in Hamlet refers to himself as sexton, for example. In modern times, grave digging is usually done by an outside contractor.
But we have our very own Sexton, our ‘grave digger, who does a very neat and respectful job, is often seen the night before the burial digging the hole and discretely after the funeral, when the families have left, he is there to make the grave respectable