“We really enjoy our monthly visits to Tall Trees Care Home to take a short service of Songs of Praise on a Monday afternoon. We use a brief set service and the readings and collect for the week so that the theme is topical and there is a good connection with what is going on in the wider church and our own benefice.
The residents are already gathered in the lounge anticipating our visit and obviously enjoy the opportunity to get together, welcome us as visitors and sing some well-known hymns. There are usually about 15 of us including at least one carer and the activities organiser.
We get a real blessing from leading the worship and chatting with the residents and each other (an opportunity we don’t often get in busy lives) before and after the service. One of the loveliest parts is when we all say the Lord’s Prayer together – something so well-known that we can all share whatever our state of health and memory.”
Residents and visitors at Tall Trees also enjoy Holy Communion on the third Monday of each month, brought to them by trained lay-people, so that they know that they are included in the Church Family.