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Pastoral Care here at St Luke’s Church, Sway

Many of us need a bit of extra help or prayer from time to time, or know of someone who does.  If you’re new to Sway, or St Luke’s and don’t have regular contact with the church, we would still love to help if we can. Below are some contact details of people, who will do all they can to help you get the support you need.

Lay Visitors Co-ordinators

Our team of Lay Visitors support people with short or longer-term needs. Members of the community, as well as the church, receive regular visits from their assigned Lay Visitor, while that help is needed. If you know of neighbours who require this kind of support please contact Nicky Caneparo our pastoral co-ordinator via our church office on 01590 682358, and we  will arrange a visit to assess the need and discuss possible avenues of support.  If you would like to volunteer to visit those in need-  please also contact Nicky who would be pleased to meet you for a chat. 

Small Groups

Our small groups are central to the pastoral care within the church.  If you would like to find out more about our small groups, including how to join one, please contact our Small Group Co-Ordinator: Chris Guinness, on  christopherguinness@live.co.uk or the Vicar: Jane Mitchell   vicarjanesway@gmail.com 

Hospital Visits

If you, or a friend from church or the community has to go into hospital or a hospice for a period of time and would like a visitor from the church, please speak to your Small Group leader first (if applicable), or contact the Lay Visitor Co-ordinators (see above) or the Church Office 01590 682358.

Children & Families

We are currently advertising for a Familiy Minister/Youth worker/Digital Family Support worker. Deatials are on this website under job opportunities.  Please feel free to ring Jane on vicarjanesway@gmail.com 07885 505532 for an informal conversation about the position/s. 

Home Communions Co-ordinator

When ill or elderly Christians are not able to get to church, many appreciate the opportunity to receive Holy Communion  at home, administered by an approved member of the church.  This is particualrly helpful if people are staying safe at home due to Covid 19. 

Way Wardens Co-ordinator

A network of Way Wardens exists to ensure that everyone who moves into Sway receives a warm welcome.   A welcome pack is delivered to their home, containing information about the many groups offered by the church and community.

However, we are great believers in the principle that ‘Two Welcomes are better than none!’ so please be proactive in welcoming anyone new to the village.

Way Wardens also deliver Easter and Christmas cards on behalf of St Luke’s Church.

Working in Partnership with others

As well as providing practical and spiritual help as a church, on occasions people need assistance from other caring organisations and professionals. We have good contact with various local and national charities as well as local counselling services, Social Services and the NHS whom we can call upon if required.

We are pleased to be able to offer care and support through a host of experienced and compassionate volunteers who belong to St Luke’s Church. Of course, if you need to get hold of the clergy directly, our contact details are:-

 

Rev Christopher Guinness: 01590 682463   

St Luke’s Church,

Church Lane,
Sway,
Hampshire,
SO41 6AD

t: 01590 682358
e: stlukessway@gmail.com