The Pastoral Care Team
Doing our best to make a difference.
The St Mary’s Pastoral Care Team was formed in the Spring of 2011. Its purpose is to provide practical and spiritual support to those in need. The team’s objective is to provide pastoral care to everyone at St. Mary’s Church, to the parish family and to reach the whole community. Team members bring their life experiences and learnt skills to the role.
The team will provide a non judgemental listening ear and confidential support. Practical help is available in the form of shopping, letter writing/form filling, walking the dog or calling in for a cup of tea and a chat. Spiritual support is provided through home communion, prayer requests, confession and the laying on of hands with prayer for healing. We always do our best to provide and support what is needed.
Wednesday Welcome: Members of our congregation and people from the wider community meet on the afternoon of the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. We meet in the Octagon at the rear of the Church between 2.0 and 4.0 to enjoy good company, light hearted conversation with tea and cake. We have settled into knitting for charity and making items, including cards to sell in aid of Church funds. Come and join us – you will receive a warm Wednesday Welcome.
The Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator: Jenny Andrews tel: 01621 854360
For more information, please download the pastoral postcard here.
Emmaus is one of the groups at St Mary’s where the living heart of the gospel beats strongly. We meet in the Octagon on Monday nights about once a month (more details from Father Robert on 01245 359138).
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ involves obedience to God’s word spoken to us personally in the Bible. However, as church and society drift in different directions in the 21st century, more and more people find much of the Bible puzzling. At Emmaus we take on the challenge of trying to make sense of the Bible for everyone, whatever their ability.
Our aim is to give to everyone their birth right, the knowledge of the living God, and joy and freedom in obedience to the Spirit, as we negotiate the complexities of our age.
However, we also invite people to bring their doubts and unbelief to the sessions. Our aim is to treat everyone by the highest standards of respect and love.
From February through to May, we will be running the widely acclaimed Alpha course for the first time.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session includes food, a film and a discussion where you can share your thoughts.
The first session is on Thursday 13th February at 7:30 p.m. in the Octagon. There are posters in church and a form to register an interest.
You can learn more at the alpha website by clicking here.
The Mothers' Union
The local branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Octagon of St Mary’s Church.
For more information contact Maureen Raven on (01621) 851473
Did You Know?: The Mothers' Union
The Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. She was inspired to do this when her daughter, Margaret, herself became a mother, believing that mothers needed a support mechanism in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy. More importantly, she believed that mothers needed support to bring their children up within the love of God.
In 1896, the organisation had grown sufficiently large that a central council was set up with a constitution and a national union. Mary Sumner was the first president. The Mothers’ Union spread rapidly around the British Empire and by 1900 had 170,000 members.
The Mothers’ Union now has 3.6 million members worldwide, all of who continue the work of supporting mothers within the love of God. With so much poverty, strife and hardship around the world, this work is as important now as it was in 1876.
The Mothers’ Union is based at Mary Sumner House in Westminster. Visit www.themothersunion.org for more information.