As I mentioned before, we had to arrive at the University of Kent a week before the Conference began. This was for a week of explanations, training, and set up. We were given the Programme Leaflet for the conference and told our general duties.
Among these are: Checking IDs at the entrances of facilities: Every facility is restricted on who is allowed to enter (we can enter everywhere). Conference participants (stewards, staff, volunteers, bishops, spouses, exhibitors, press) have different colored lanyards which say where they can go.
We will be marshelling people on and off of buses, and giving instructions while on a bus.
... walking the Walk of Witness in London.
... doing some administrative work (copying etc)
... monitoring the exhibiting hall and marketplace.
... assisting in some workshops.
... giving directions and answering questions as needed
... providing security and "locking down" buildings during sessions
... other tasks as requested
Now, you might be wondering how Stewards are recognised. We will be wearing green lanyards, but the conference organisers decided that wasn't enough.
Along with the lanyards, we will be wearing "high visibility jackets" seen below:
I think we will be rather difficult to miss.
Adding to the rather visible nature of the conference is the place where the bishops will be meeting. The conference has taken up most of the space on campus including all of the large venues. Between the Spouses Conference and the Marketplace, there wasn't much space for place where 1300 people (bishops for the plenary, and bishops, spouses, and staff for Eucharist) could meet at one time.
So they set up a tent.
Throughout our training the staff has been referring to this tent as "the Big Top." Since the circus is coming to town, we are all awaiting the exhibitionists and the clowns.
A Lambeth Steward