The St Mary’s Pastoral Care Team offer four main services, which are outlined below. If, however, you don’t feel you fit into any category, please don’t hesitate to get in touch anyway! The best way to contact us is through the Parish Office (01494 783629) who will be able to direct you suitably.
The Pastoral Care Team for the Housebound and Lonely make regular visits to offer support, friendship and updates on church family news to those who have become unable to leave their homes due to chronic illness or immobility, especially if they live alone. We also try to keep in touch with people who have become vulnerable or at risk of becoming isolated, as well as visiting members of the congregation who are experiencing problems such as recovering from surgery or coping with bereavement.
Please let us know if you are concerned about someone or are experiencing difficulty yourself.
Face to Face
The Face to Face team aims to offer short term support to anyone facing a particular need – caused for example by illness, job loss, bereavement or other short term problems. A team of 9 men and women are available to listen, support, offer advice, pray, counsel or provide practical help. If you feel that this is something you or someone close to you may benefit from, please get in touch.
Services in Residential Homes
Many people in sheltered accomodation or care homes can’t get to church – so we go to them! To make sure they can worship and hear God’s Word or begin to find faith, teams regularly organise extended communion services in the common rooms of three homes in Chesham. We sing hymns, pray for people’s needs and give a short talk relating to a Bible passage. Coffee and an opportunity for everyone to talk is provided afterwards. We aim to become personally involved with those we minister to by learning about things that trouble them, and prayerfully supporting them through hospital visits. Occasionally it is our privilege to walk with and comfort members of this congregation on their final journey.
If you or someone you know is taking the difficult step of changing to residential care, please let us know so that we can invite them to share in our ministry and assure them that wherever they are, the Family of God does not forget them.
Transport and Lifts to Church
Our driving team are here to provide transport to and from our services for those who would be otherwise unable to make the journey due to age or medical condition. Provision is made weekly for the 9am and 11am services, and can be arranged for special events as and when they occur. New passengers are always welcome, so please get in touch if you know someone who would like to attend St Mary’s, but cannot get there. We also welcome new drivers, who would collect passengers once every 3-4 weeks. If this is something you feel called to do, please let us know.