SPAs (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries) are lay ministers authorised by the Diocese to help develop caring and pastoral work on behalf of the church in a voluntary capacity.
The focus of each SPA’s ministry will vary with the needs within their church and local community and their own gifts, experience, knowledge and interests. SPAs may also deliver care increasingly in partnership with external, non-church organisations whether voluntary (eg Welcare, Voluntary Service Councils) or statutory (eg hospital trusts, HM Prison Service). Here in the Lambeth South Deanery our SPAs are involved in valuable parish work running home groups, mother & toddler groups, taking communion to the house bound and visiting parishioners in hospital. Some are also involved in Prison chaplaincy and Foodbanks etc.
SPAs 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 and by raising awareness of pastoral care needs within their local church and neighbourhood.
More information about SPA from the Diocese can be found here
Commissioned SPAs within the Lambeth South Deanery:
Holy Trinity & St Matthias, Tulse Hill: Shira Maddox, Joy Mantell and Angela Jowsey
St James, Clapham: Lin Clarke
St Luke, West Norwood: Maria Laynne Springer
Immanuel & St Andrew, Streatham: Maureen Boothe
All Saints, West Dulwich: Wendy Stephens