About the Guild Branches

The Guild has nearly seventy branches worldwide.

The majority of these are in the UK, but there are flourishing branches in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region, as also in the West Indies.

Would you like to know what branches there are in your area, so that you can learn more about the Guild? In the right hand column is a Directory of branches. Some of the branch names are highlighted, which means that if you click on the name you can see more details about the activities in the branch.

The Branch and the Local Church

The hope is always that the branch will be seen not as a special interest group, but rather as a focus for the life of the whole church and congregation. Its members will be those who feel a special vocation to pray for the sick, to share in ministry in various ways, and to keep the needs of the sick and ministry to them in the mainstream of the church’s thinking.

Each branch has a chaplain and a branch secretary. Again our hope is that the parish priest will be the chaplain and lend his or her support to the branch in this way. We ask the branch secretary to send in an annual return along with the membership subscriptions, so that we have an up-to-date record of membership. The return form may be downloaded  here  or as a Word document  here. 

Branches establish their own pattern, but one of the commonest is a monthly meeting combined with a healing service. More frequent meetings in order to pray for those who are sick are also quite usual.

Under the guidance of their branch secretary, Guild members commit themselves to regular, faithful prayer for the sick. A usual practice is to make monthly lists for each member. It is also usual to send out prayer cards to those who are prayed for, letting them know that this is happening. Samples of the latter can be obtained from the Guild Office.

It is common in Guild parishes for the Sunday nearest to St Raphael’s Day, 24th October, to be given over to the theme of healing. Often a special preacher is invited, and if all are agreed the main Sunday service is a healing service. Such a Sunday can be an opportunity for the re-dedication of Guild members.

How to form a Branch

If you feel that you would like to consider forming a branch of the Guild in your area, we have some helpful notes available for downloading - please click  here.  You'll also need the Branch Return Form, which can be downloaded by clicking  here  or as a Word document  here. 

Before a branch is formed there should be a period of teaching and discussion on the ministry of healing and its place in the parish. Guild Council members are always ready to help with this. And the Guild Secretary, as well as suggesting speakers, can provide literature and information.

It is important that the parish and congregation fully ‘own’ the Guild branch. When the time is right the PCC should approve the formation of the branch by a formal motion. Ideally too both the parish priest and the PCC should approve the choice of the branch secretary.

Please let the Guild Secretary know about any new branch, together with the names and addresses of the chaplain and branch secretary. Subscriptions of £5 per member will need to be collected by the branch secretary and sent to the Treasurer each year, preferably during the first three months. Many Guild secretaries also collect member’s subscriptions for Chrism (£5 a year), so that copies can be sent to the one address and distributed locally. All subscriptions can be paid by cheque (made out to the Guild of St Raphael) or by direct debit. For details contact the Guild Treasurer.

It would be useful to inform your Diocesan Healing Adviser at some stage in this process. He or she can be a source of much valuable information and advice, and can often be of particular help in the early stages of discussion and teaching. He or she will also know what is going on in the healing scene in other parts of the diocese. You'll be able to find out the name of your local healing adviser from the diocesan website or the diocese office.

Regional Directory of Branches

Scottish Episcopal Church
   St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

North East
   St Chad's, Sunderland
   Durham Branch
   Holy Trinity, Berwick upon Tweed

North West
   Lancaster District Branch
   St Margaret's, Lytham St Annes
   St Paul and St Mary's, Nelson
   East Fellside
   All Saints, Cheadle Hulme
   All Saints, Crewe
   Chester Cathedral
   St Bartholomew's, Wilmslow
   St George's, Altrincham
   St James', Congleton
   St John the Baptist, Great Meols
   St Mark's, Woodley-Bredbury, Stockport
   St Mary and St Helen, Neston
   St Paul's with St Luke's, Tranmere, Wirral
   All Saints, Stoneycroft
   St David's, Childwall, Liverpool
   St James the Great, Haydock
   St John's, Tuebrook, Liverpool

   St Chad's, Bradford

East Midlands
   Our Lady and All Saints, Chesterfield
   St Michael and All Angels, Northampton
   Community of the Holy Cross, Loughborough
   St Mary Magdalene, Keyworth

West Midlands
   St James the Great, Shirley, Solihull
   St Mary Magdalene, Tanworth-in-Arden
   St Peter's, Hall Green, Birmingham
   Holy Trinity, Minsterley, Shropshire
   Christ the King, Aldersley
   St Giles, Shrewsbury
   St John's, Horninglow, Burton-on-Trent
   St Paul's & St Michael's, Newcastle under Lyme

The Church in Wales
   Holy Trinity and St Tudno, Llandudno
   Neath Rectorial Benefice
   St Mary and St Michael
   The Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch, Cardiff

East Anglia
   St John's, March
   St Nicholas, North Walsham
St Edmunsbury and Ipswich
   St Mary the Virgin, Mendlesham
   Whitton with Thurleston and Akenham, Ipswich

   South Acton
   St Barnabas, Northolt Park
   St Saviour's, Pimlico

South East
Bath and Wells
   St Michael and All Angels, Yeovil
   All Saints, Woodham
   St Alban's, Hindhead
   St John the Baptist, Epping
   St Mary the Virgin, Horsell
   St Mary, Thorpe, Egham
   St Nicholas, Guildford
   St Andrew's, Caversham
   St Kenelm's, Minster Lovell
   St Mary's, North Leigh
   St Peter's, Furze Platt
   Holy Family, Gravesend
   St Andrew's, Coulsdon
   St Peter and St Paul, Lingfield
   St Brelade, Jersey
   St Kathrines and St Nicholas, Southbourne

South West
   St Catherine's Whitestone
   Bodmin Team Ministry
   St Mary and All Saints, Plymstock

Anglican Church of Australia
   St James' Kings Street Sydney
Anglican Church of Bermuda
   St Peters', St Georges Bermuda
Anglican Church of Canada
   Windsor Ontario
Church in the Province of the West Indies
   St Michaels and All Angels, Diego Martin