Church services in people’s homes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 January 2013

Peter Halford taking advantage of a new mobile Holy Communion service, with team members Jutta Stanley and Annette Garbett.

Peter Halford taking advantage of a new mobile Holy Communion service, with team members Jutta Stanley and Annette Garbett.

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MOBILE church services are taking place across Weston - allowing housebound people to get closer to God from the comfort of their own armchair.

A team from St Paul’s Church in Walliscote Road is going into the houses of sick and elderly parishioners so they can take Holy Communion.

About a dozen trained volunteers run the scheme throughout the week in about 10 private houses and seven care homes.

The mobile team takes the service to those who are either temporarily or permanently housebound.

It is looking for more volunteers to come forward to help with the initiative.

Annette Garbett, who has been a member of St Paul’s for three years, is part of the church’s mobile team.

She said: “It is easier for people and lets them knows they have not been forgotten.

“One lady with a broken leg used the service for a while and others who are ill for a short time also do so.

“It makes them feel as though they are still a valued member of the church.

“It’s amazing how many people don’t know the facility is there.

“There are a lot of care homes in the parish and we can assure those who have become housebound that they still have a connection with the church.”

Volunteers go out into the community in pairs to help provide the services and they are looking at trying to expand what they offer. There are also trained pastors among the group who can go to homes and offer prayer.

If anyone can help volunteer with the group call the church on 01934 613259.

n Pictured: Members of the team with Peter Halford, who is virtually housebound and benefits from the service.


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