Sunday, 26 October 2014

Aigburth – a Churches Together in Oadby Service

Over 60 people from different churches in Oadby met this evening for a combined service, held at the Roman Catholic Church. It was a service to celebrate the work of Aigburth – a local care home run by the Methodist Homes Association. The Revd Lindsay Pelloquin, chaplain of Aigburth led the service and introduced us to the home. The current home is a purpose-built design caring for elderly people both with and without dementia.

The service was based on the type of service regularly used at Aigburth. The hymns were led by a music group from the home. During the service a resident of the home spoke of what the home meant to him and how it provided for his spiritual, mental and social needs. Three of the staff also spoke of their different roles.

During the service we sang the hymn “let us build a house where love can dwell” as it was felt that its chorus was particularly relevant to Aigburth’s ethos: “All are welcome in this place.” The service concluded with a favourite song of the residents: “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”

Anyone who is able to help Aigburth in any way was encouraged to get in contact with the staff. The Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, Councillor Sarah Dickinson, whose charities for her year in office include dementia care, was present at the service.

It was good to know more of, and to be able to pray intelligently for, this local Christian resource.