We take seriously the need to provide pastoral care – coming alongside people to provide support and care when life is tough. Much of this happens in the context of our existing activities.
We also have a team of trained Pastoral Assistants who support pastoral care given through our small groups. And who offer one to one support to those in need.
For more information contact our Pastoral Care and Seniors Minister Pippa Cramer.
Pastoral support team
Our team includes Pastoral Assistants who have all completed the Guildford Diocesan foundation training course and are authorised in their role. They have also completed appropriate DBS and Safeguarding training.
The team is coordinated by Pastoral Care and Seniors Minister Pippa Cramer.
Pastoral support and care
The team offers support and care to those who are:
Physically unwell and perhaps confined to home
In a caring role for a loved one
Experiencing mild mental health struggles – where appropriate linking them to appropriate professional support
Wanting home communion
Our regular activities
Being aware of pastoral needs and responding to them is at the heart of many of our existing activities. This includes our small groups, Connections ministry with seniors, Mums, Bumps and Babies, Walk and Talk for those early retired, and our bi-monthly Bereavement Café.
At times the support needed is essentially practical for those really struggling. In this respect, our Meals Ministry helps those who are:
Living alone, with no other support, and not able to cook for themselves
Unwell or recovering from illness or surgery
New parents during the first weeks after delivery where extra help is needed
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