Spiritual and Pastoral Care in the Benefice
Pastoral Care in the Benefice
Would you like to meet up with new people in the villages, meet up for a coffee? If so, please can and join us at one of the following:
St Matthew’s Café is an informal gathering with tea and cakes on the first Thursday of the month at St Matthew’s, Midgham between 3.00 – 4.30pm.
Coffee Club at Rosebourne – everyone is welcome and invited to drop by for a chat, a chance to meet old friends and to make new ones.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays anytime between 10-11.30am.
St Peter’s Brimpton Coffee morning - third Wednesday of the month from 9.15am – 10.45am. All ages welcome, from toddlers to grandparents, chatters to knitters.
Midweek Communion Services
There is a quiet service at Watermill Court at 3.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month followed by tea and cake. Please phone Margaret Davison 01189 712 810 for further details.
St Matthew’s Midgham on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9.30am for a quiet Communion Service.
Prayer and visits
If you, or someone you care for, would like a member of the team to visit, please do get in touch with our Rector, Rev’d Jane Manley on 0118 9712 891.
‘A Time to Pray’ – we hold an informal prayer service on Thursday mornings at 9.30am. The service lasts for no more than 30 minutes. Please look at the website for the venue. All are warmly welcome to join us.
Benefice Pastoral Team
Winter with its short days and long dark nights can be time we all need more love and support. The Benefice has a pastoral team made up of both lay and clergy members from our villages who have particular gifts and have also received training in pastoral work.
If you, or someone you care for, would like one of the team to visit, either to receive a home communion or simple chat, please do get in touch with our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, details below, who will find the best person for you.
“True, whole prayer is nothing but love.” St Augustine
“Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.” James 4:8
The life of prayer
‘Pray all the time’ says St Paul in the Bible... He can’t have meant that we should do nothing else but pray so surely he is talking about the way in which all of life can be lived in communion with God. The life of the church should be like this with prayer silently woven into every aspect of our community. In order for this to happen we need formal times of prayer, times when we gather together to remind ourselves that this is the heartbeat of every Christian.
At all of our churches this life of prayer is of course central to our worship – on Sundays and during the week at Benefice Prayers – but it is also seen in lots of other ways:
The Prayer Request books in each of our churches are there for anyone to write their prayer requests and are brought to the altar during Sunday worship as prayers are offered. Our Ministry Team also use these books to inform their personal prayers. Please contact Revd Jane Manley if you would like your name or the name of a loved one to be added to our prayer request list.
A Time to Pray takes place at 9:30am most Thursdays for 30 minutes. Using a simple structure and listening to the Bible readings for the coming Sunday we pray together for the needs of the world, the suffering, and for the life of our local communities. Occasionally, the service prayer service is replaced with a communion service. The location varies, so please check the service rota.
Personal prayer at home is a discipline that each of us can cultivate. We don’t need fancy words, or even to say anything at all, as we seek to come closer to God. The key to unlocking prayer is simply to set aside some time to be alone uninterrupted, at home or out on a walk, and silently or out loud tell God what is on our mind, how we’re feeling, what we long for...
Resources to help us grow in prayer can be found on various websites. The one we especially recommend is thykingdom.co.uk commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A short printable leaflet of simple prayers to get us started can be downloaded here.
If you are interested in learning more about the Christian faith, visit our Exploring Christianity page for further information.