Here in the Parish of Mickleham, we encourage each other to extend pastoral care by everyone, to everyone; it is not just the role of the leader to shepherd the flock, for all of us have a part to play. We all should seek to reach out to one another in Christian love.
‘I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ John 13:34-35
One of the benefits of the church community here is that people know one another, and so look out for others, noticing when someone hasn’t been around for a while or hearing news about someone, and then responding, both practically as well as prayerfully.
One initiative that is always well received are the Soup Lunches which take place in the Village Hall during Lent and in the Autumn. Delicious bread, home-made soups, cheese and great company are in good supply and transport can be arranged for those who need it. The lunches offer a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and deepen relationships with those we already know, whilst enjoying a good meal together. Although there is no charge, donations are welcome and the proceeds are shared between a number of charities nominated by the Church Community Group. More details are available from Andy Diamond.
Social activities play a part too. The Women’s Breakfast on the 3rd Saturday of
each month (for details please contact Stephanie Randall) and the Men’s Breakfast
on the 4th Saturday of each month (for details please contact Andy Diamond)provide opportunities for all members of the local
community to get together at the Stepping Stones pub in Westhumble at 9.00am for an enjoyable start to the day, with excellent
company and conversation.
Every 3rd Monday of the month an afternoon tea is provided with T@3 held in local homes. Delicious
home-made refreshments and a selection of teas and coffees are offered to
ensure no one goes hungry as people enjoy a good old get together! It is a
great time to get to know others we haven’t met before, in addition to renewing
Another popular event is Coffee and Cake at the Chapel held in Westhumble on the first Saturday of each month from 10.00am (for details contact Jonathan Blake).
When we reach out in
these ways, and countless others, we demonstrate love, compassion, and
generosity towards others, reflecting only what God has already shown to us.
One of the primary messages of the Gospel is to serve and help other people,
and we delight in seeking to embody these values in our lives and ministries.