On Sunday 1st September we officially welcomed Danny Simpson, a member of the congregation at St John’s, in his new role as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary (SPA).
SPAs are lay men and women authorised by the Diocese to help develop caring and pastoral work on behalf of the church, in a voluntary capacity. They are called to help put God’s caring concern for all people into practice. They do this:
- through their own direct contact with people;
- by encouraging and enabling others to exercise a caring ministry;
- by raising awareness of pastoral care needs within their local church and neighbourhood.
Danny has been pastorally active at St John’s for many years, and has also helped with Diddy Disciples and Junior Disciples, our children’s worship on Sundays.
The focus of Danny’s work has been the Upper Norwood Hive, our lunchtime drop-in every Wednesday, where people are served a hot meal free of charge, and are given the opportunity to talk with others, and to get advice and help with any problems they might have. Danny is usually in charge of the cooking, and coordinates the whole running of the Hive.
In his new role as a SPA, Danny will be taking a more prominent role in the provision of pastoral care to those in our congregation and neighbourhood who are vulnerable in any way: the elderly and housebound, the sick, and the lonely. He will be coordinating a team of volunteers who will visit and, if desired, take Holy Communion to people’s homes.
So a big welcome to Danny as a SPA, and thank you for all you do!