Ministries

Clergy

If you or a loved one are seriously ill at home, in hospital, or in a hospice, then please contact the Rector directly on 90 777 053. Even if you are physically healthy, you might still need spiritual guidance and support.  In such instances please contact the Rector to see how the Church can help you.

As an ordained priest, the Rector (or in his absence, our Assistant Priest) can:

  • anoint you with oil, and/or lay hands upon you (in cases of extreme illness),
  • bless your home (particularly if you have recently moved),
  • celebrate Holy Communion with you (if you are unable to come to church),
  • help you to discern how you can be more involved in the ministries and activities of the parish,
  • discuss in advance your wishes concerning your funeral arrangements,
  • hear your private confession and pronounce absolution,
  • help to arrange professional counselling if you think it would be helpful,
  • listen to you, confidentially, and without judgement or criticism,
  • offer advice from a theological perspective,
  • offer prayers for your personal spiritual protection and peace,
  • offers prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of a child,
  • pray for your spiritual, physical, mental, and/or emotional healing,
  • prepare you for baptism and/or confirmation (either your own or your child’s),
  • prepare you for marriage,
  • prepare you spiritually for death,
  • read (and sometimes discuss) an appropriate passage of Scripture,
  • say a blessing for you and your family,
  • try to address any theological concerns or questions that you might have.

The clergy will be pleased to help you and your family in whatever way will help you during difficult times. Please feel free to discuss your wishes with them, and to avail of the various ministries that you think would comfort you.

More generally, the Rector tries to visit all parishioners from time to time. Depending on circumstances, he might call with some people very frequently, whilst others might only see him on their doorstep rarely. However, if you would like spiritual counsel then please take the initiative and contact him; he will be only too pleased to be invited to call out to see you. If you would prefer to meet away from your home, then you can arrange to meet at either St Peter’s, or the Rectory, or another suitable location.


Lay Pastoral Visitors

If you’re anxious about anything, then members of our congregation would be happy to visit you if you would like someone to talk to. Our Lay Pastoral Visitors, who are trained, authorised, and managed by the Rector, can:

  • listen to you, confidentially, and without judgement or criticism,,
  • pray for your spiritual, physical, mental, and/or emotional healing,
  • help to arrange professional counselling if you think it would be helpful,

If you feel isolated, particularly if you are housebound, then members of our congregation would gladly visit you from time to time to see how you are. Contact the Rector if you would appreciate a visit.


Prayer Line

If you would like the Church to pray for you or someone you care about, then please ring and leave a message on our telephone prayer line 028 90 320 103. This is a landline number, charged at standard network rates. You can simply give a name to be prayed for, or you can confidentially share more information if you wish. The need for prayer will then be shared with a team of intercessors. Please note that the Rector may not necessarily be made aware of the request for prayer, and he should be contacted directly if he needs to be informed.


Fellowship Groups

Our Fellowship Group meets each month, which provide opportunities for parishioners to get to know each other better, and to discuss matters relating to Christian beliefs and practices. The groups meet at 7:30pm – 9pm (90 minutes) on Thursday evenings in the Minor Hall (except the third Thursday of each month).

Although some of our discussions are naturally theological, we try to be as informal as possible.  The purpose is to encourage everyone to explore and share their own thoughts. If you’re interested then just turn up whenever it suits you, or else contact the Rector if you’d like more information.