St Mary’s has an extensive and growing ministry to elderly members of our community. As a church we value the love and support given by our senior members to all aspects of our church life, but we have ministries specifically for older people too.
Overall we aim to develop a supportive and caring ministry to the senior members of our congregation and to those within the wider parish, with special emphasis on their spiritual welfare.
At 11.30 on Wednesday mornings St Mary’s has a midweek service with familiar hymns and a short talk.
Short and Sweet
A short service with familiar hymns and traditional prayers, this will appeal especially to anyone who would welcome a simple service and company during the week and is also part of Dementia-Friendly Wythall. Short and sweet takes place around 5 times a year, during school holidays which helps with parking. The service starts at 11:30am but arrive from 10.30am for coffee, cake and chat.
St. Mary’s enjoys a close relationship with Dennis Potter Court sheltered housing complex. Our “Friendship Club” meets there six times a year on a Monday afternoon for a mixture of social events and special services, e.g. at Easter, Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.
The Friendship Club aims to foster and encourage friendships and gently build and sustain the Christian faith of its members. Recent highlights have included a Carol Service with entertainment, and a Sing-a-long followed by an afternoon tea. Two further events, amongst others to look forward to are, an Easter Service with Communion and a guided coach tour in June, to look at some of the interesting villages around the borders of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
For more information on the Friendship Club contact Tricia Horton on 0121 430 2221.
Each year St Mary’s puts on one or two special events for seniors. “Holiday at Home” is an opportunity to catch the holiday spirit without leaving Wythall, and is highly valued by those who are unable to travel to go on holiday.
SID (Seniors Information Day) is a gathering of a number of different local organisations and service providers which provides opportunities for older people to access important information.