The Pastoral Team comprises of a small number of people from the congregation who focus on the pastoral needs of the church in its community:
- We visit our church members who are unwell or housebound and deliver communion to them where this is desired.
- We help people to come to church for services by arranging use of the access bus or organising a lift for them.
- Our baptism team welcomes and supports all those coming to St Martin’s for baptism.
The Pastoral team also consider health and welfare needs on a more general basis:
- We have become mindful of mental health issues through talks from Touchstone and we mark Dementia Awareness Week each May with a “Dementia-Friendly Eucharist”. We provided Dementia Friends training in May 2015 for all those who wished to become involved with this national campaign.
- We have given our support to those suffering from domestic abuse through our weekly collection of clothes and toiletries for Leeds Women’s Aid. In November 2014 a vigil was held in church to mark White Ribbon day and to raise awareness of the issue of domestic abuse.
- In September 2014 we assisted in some research for Leeds University, by holding a focus group with a researcher to discuss how places of worship could be used by health authorities as places for dispersing health messages into communities, specifically Black ethnic minority communities.
For any pastoral queries contact:
Helen Sanders (chair of Pastoral team)