Pastoral Care

Individuals at St Michael's provide pastoral care, supporting one another, through prayer and friendship. This is supplemented by the Pastoral Care Team, whose members make sure that appropriate visits take place.

The aim is to ensure that good communication prevents anyone’s needs being overlooked and the Parish “Links” system facilitates this. Everyone at St Michael’s has a “Link” i.e. someone who will notice any unusual or long-term absence, and make contact to check whether they need assistance.

There is a team of lay people who assist the ordained clergy in taking the sacrament to anyone who is housebound.

St Michael's also offers a Healing ministry in the form of anointing and laying on of hands during regular church services, and Extended Healing sessions each month.

Prayer Chain and Prayer with Laying on of Hands

A number of people pray at home for St Michael’s and for specific needs or thanksgivings that people may have.  If you would like to be part of this network or have a prayer request, please contact the Parish Office.

If anyone would like prayer with laying on of hands, either for themselves or for someone else, this ministry is available after church services.  Please ask a member of the healing team, whose names are on the ‘Healing Board’, or any of the clergy, or contact the Parish Office.

Not One for Lunch

Each month a home-cooked two course lunch is provided in the Lady Chapel for members of the congregation who normally eat alone. The charge is nominal and the occasion provides an opportunity to make and develop friendships, and enjoy the company of others.

Specific Needs

Anyone who may need long-term professional or spiritual help can be guided by the clergy in finding suitable resources.