What is pastoral care?
Pastoral care ministry assists by helping people navigate through tough times by offering extra support. This happens most naturally in a life group setting. Life groups go beyond a quick “how are you” to creating a sense of family where people are genuinely loved, cared for, and supported. Life group leaders take responsibility for the health & welfare of each person in the group.
We also have a dedicated team of people to provide extra support if required. This team is led by Marilynn Thomas “Mazz” and Paul Blanksby. If you are new to the church, you can learn a little more about Mazz and Paul from watching their stories of hope at the bottom of this page. If you are struggling with life challenges our team is here for you to encourage and support, you.
We have a care group for Men each Wednesday morning at 5:30am led by Pastor Lionel Rattenbury at our church building and a care group for women that meets each Saturday morning led by Mazz.
We do not profess to have all the answers, but we will guide and support you to apply the principles in the Bible that we know work. We will pray and stand in faith with you through every difficult life circumstance. We have trained Chaplain’s that can provide chaplaincy support in the event of a tragic or traumatic event. Deirdre Healey a Chaplain from our church is employed locally by the Salvos and can provide a range of services offered by the Salvos.
Sue Saffery organises volunteers to assist people within the church that need practical support when the level of support exceeds that which a life group can provide. This may include cleaning, lawn and garden care, and meals.
Should you require counselling, our pastoral care team will be happy to provide you with a referral to a qualified Christian counsellor or clinic.
If you are pregnant or have recently had a newborn baby and require a little extra support, we may be able to assist with the provision of meals. We also have a Life Group with other new Mums who are here to encourage you and walk this journey of parenthood with you.