Home Communion Team
The team consists of both clergy and lay members. Our mission is to bring the church to those in our parish who for any reason cannot access it.
We visit church members who can no longer get to church and we then lead a short communion service. This usually happens once a month. This can be for a few weeks, for example for someone getting over an illness, or for a longer time.
We visit four Care homes: Down Lodge, Glebelands, Murdoch House and Suffolk Lodge. A clergy-led service also takes place at the community room on the Acorn Drive estate.
In each case two of us provide a short Communion service, usually with hymns, and stay on to chat to residents after the service.
We can’t take communion to anyone. However, we try to keep in touch with those we visit by phone calls, in gardens when we can, or by writing letters and, in one case, by Zoom.
Wokingham Borough Council asked Churches Together in Wokingham to provide a contact person to connect to each one of the Care Homes in the Borough in order to show them that they are not forgotten. Four of our team members have been keeping in touch with the four homes mentioned above. We do this by phoning or emailing a designated member of staff. In order to lift people’s spirits, we provide goodies from time to time. For example, goody bags for members of staff and fancy biscuits, sparkling drinks and fruit baskets for residents and staff.
We have talked to residents by phone and sometimes through a window. We have provided prayer cards for those who wanted them. Each Care Home has received a booklet of prayers, for particular help for the staff at the bedside when someone is near the end of their life on earth.
One evening the Reverend Hannah led a short service with a reading and prayers outside each Home in turn and blessed each one. This was well received and was very moving.
For the future
We will continue to support the homes and the individuals we would normally visit.
We are hoping to provide DVDs to three of the Homes who can’t access our church services online.
By taking a laptop to an individual who has no access to the internet, it is possible to take the service to an individual’s home. But not when we are in lockdown!
Hopefully it will not be too long before things return to normal.