Pastoral care

Church St Martin - Pastoral Care - Support & Care

St Martin’s is a city centre church with very widely drawn congregations and we  aim to do our best to offer helpful and appropriate pastoral care to all of our congregations.

The best and most used resource is each other – friends and other members of the church. This is one of the most helpful sources of pastoral care and not to be overlooked!

The full range of what is available can be found below:

The clergy team – after services (though we realise that, as many people can only be here on Sundays, there may be a bit of a queue), or at other times by arrangement. Please ring the parish office (020 7766 1100) to make an appointment.

The lay chaplains, who are skilled in listening from a specifically spiritual perspective, are normally available in church on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10.30 -12.00.

Therefore the normal weekday availability is:

  • Monday 10.30am – 12 noon – Lay Chaplain
  • Wednesday 10.30am – 12 noon – Lay Chaplain
  • Friday 10.30am – 12 noon – Lay Chaplain

Needs for longer term counselling or spiritual direction will usually be referred to others.  The clergy are often able to help members of the congregation in finding suitable resources.

If you are a member of the congregation and are ill – please let us know via the parish office if you go into hospital so that we can be in touch with the hospital chaplain on your behalf. We may also be able to organise a visit from a member of the congregation or clergy team and add your name to the prayer list if you would like.

If you become housebound – there is a team of lay people who visit monthly with the sacrament (as long as you do not live too far away!)

Confession – Ministry of Reconciliation.
By arrangement with a member of the clergy team.