Pastoral Care Network
We believe that God wants everyone to enjoy the fullness of his gift of life and that, as a church, we all have a responsibility to care for one another.
We recognise that there are times for all of us when friendly support is not quite enough and we need more help to cope with the challenges of life. God wishes to reach out to those who feel out of touch with him and, as a church, we want to reflect his sacrificial love in our life together. This involves carrying each other’s burdens and working towards a restoration of relationships with one another and with God so that everyone is drawn into a worldwide community of grace.
At times of bereavement, anxiety, loneliness, difficulties in relationships or family crises people need encouragement and the comfort of a listening ear. Our Pastoral Care Team seek to provide such support whenever people need it. We seek to do this by offering friendly carers trained in the following specific areas:
- Pastoral Assistants
- Listening and Prayer
- Care for children and young people
- Bereavement and post-bereavement support
- Care through Home Groups
- Practical Care
- Providing information evenings such as the one below:
For your protection:
The Pastoral Team are subject to parish checks, including UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
When specialist help is needed (for example, from a trained counsellor) contact with appropriate agencies will be suggested.
Conversations with team members are confidential – sensitive information is only shared in general terms for training and supervisory purposes.
If you are needing counselling we also recommend the following organsiations:-
Connect Counselling http://connectcounselling.org.uk/ for individuals and for couples
Emmaus Counselling http://www.emmauscounselling.org.uk/index.php
RELATE http://www.relate.org.uk for couples and families