Pastoral Care at St Mary’s

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 St Mary’s or don’t have regular contact with the church, we would still love to help if we can. Below are some examples of the kinds of help that we offer. Our pastoral team will do all they can to help you with the support you need.  Contact us here.

Groups

Our range of groups are central to the pastoral care within the church.  If you would like to find out more about our groups, including how to join one, please see our groups page.

Visiting

Our clergy team and Lay Elders support people with short or longer-term needs. We are happy to arrange for a person to receive regular visits from one of our team. If you or one of your neighbours require this kind of support, please contact us and we will arrange a visit and discuss possible ways in which we can help.

Hospital Visits

If you, or a friend has to go into hospital or a hospice for a period of time and would like a visitor from the church or the Hospital Chaplain do let us know.

Children & Families

Our clergy and Elders team understand that families experience difficulties from time to time and often value the opportunity to talk to someone. If you, or a friend would value a conversation or a visit please let us know.

Home Communions

When ill or elderly members of the community are not able to get to church, many appreciate the opportunity to take communion at home. If you would like communion or have neighbours who are not able to attend church, we would be very happy to take communion to them.

New to the Village

We try to ensure that everyone who moves into Bures receives a warm welcome. A welcome pack is delivered, containing information about the many groups offered by the church and community. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone who has recently moved into the village.

Working in Partnership with others

As well as providing practical and spiritual help, we recognise that on occasions people need assistance from other caring organisations and professionals. We have good contact with a number of local agencies.

Safeguarding

At St Mary’s we are committed to the safety of all our members and take Safeguarding seriously. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance to us and we aim to do everything that we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our groups and activities. All our children’s and youth leaders, Elders, Readers and Clergy hold current enhanced DBS checks appropriate to their role and receive regular safeguarding training. Our Safeguarding contact is Angela Morley. If you have any concerns about the possible abuse of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, please contact us.

You can download the Parish Safeguarding Statement here.

You can also contact the following organisations who offer excellent confidential support for those with concerns regarding abuse: