At St. Thomas’ Church, we take Pastoral Care very seriously.
If you have any pastoral need, no matter how big or small, our Pastoral Care team, OLM’s and Minister, are always on hand to help.
From the most joyous moments in a person’s life, to situations more difficult than anyone can imagine, we want you to know that you are not alone, and we would love to walk alongside you through all of these things.
You can contact our Pastoral Care and Prayer teams via the office, or can contact Vera Russell (Pastoral Care Co-ordinator), Stuart Mills (Prayer Co-ordinator), or any of our clergy directly.
At St. Thomas, our small groups are called Life Groups, because we believe that the best kind of support is found when we do life together. All of our Life Groups are welcoming, supportive, and open groups and we encourage all of our member to belong to a life group, as this is often the first, and best, port of call when you need pastoral care and support. You can find out more details about our Life Group’s here.
We have a team of volunteers, and two OLM’s who, alongside our Minister, Mark, love to visit those who, for one reason or another, would appreciate a regular, or occasional visitor, either at home, in hospital, or anywhere else that suits you. Mark, Sue, and Jeremy, along with others in the congregation, visit all kinds of people, including those who are ill or in need of other support, who find it difficult to attend church regularly for various reasons, who are in crisis, or for many other reasons. Please contact them via the office, to arrange a visit.
Each week, we ensure that we pray for the families and friends of those who have recently been bereaved. We want to support people as they go through, often, some of the most difficult periods in their lives. Ministers visit families before funerals and try to visit again following a funeral, and will do whatever they can to ensure families have the support they need. If you need support in this difficult time, please contact us via the office, or contact Mark directly, and we will do whatever we can to help you through these difficult times.
Our Minister, OLM’s, and other licensed members of the congregation, bring communion to those who, due to illness, are unable to leave the house, at any time when requested, and regularly take communion to local care homes. We believe that we can meet with God in a special way in communion and we want to enable that encounter where we can.
As a church, we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to help heal, restore and free us into the people God made us to be. We have prayer ministry available at both our morning and evening Sunday services, where members of our prayer team, who have received training in prayer ministry, will pray with you about whatever is on your heart at the time, and also have various other means to receive prayer ministry outside of our Sunday services.
Mark, our minister, is passionate about making time for all members of our church, and always endeavours to meet people whenever, and wherever is convenient for them. However, to ensure that there is always regular time set aside for this purpose, he also hosts a regular “surgery” in his office every Wednesday.
This time is specifically set aside for nothing but meeting members of the church, so you can be sure he will be available for a face-to-face meeting during this time. You are welcome to use this time to discuss anything you would like, no matter how trivial, or significant it may be, so please take advantage of this if it is useful to you at all.
A sign-up sheet is always on the door of the office, but you can also contact Mark directly, or via the office to book a slot.