Pastoral Care

Pastoral CareWe firmly believe that a healthy church is one with good pastoral care and support across the fellowship. Jesus reminds us that we’ll be recognised as His disciples by the quality of love for one another (John 13:34-35). Pastoral care and discipleship are implicitly linked together; love, encouragement and support enable us to grow and become well rooted and rounded people confident of the Gospel, our identity in Jesus Christ and how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of life.

As a fellowship every believer has a role and part to play in pastoral care, from ministers and leadership team right through to every member and friend of the church. The way this happens varies, sometimes by focused and intentional help when crisis or particular problems arise, but often by ongoing expressions of care, support and love are demonstrated through the web of friendships and relationships within the church family.

Pastoral Prayer Group

Within the church we have a group of people who are committed to interceding and praying for specific situations and people. Similarly, we can respond and help practically if we’re able as circumstances arise. If you’d like us to pray for you or a particular situation, then either email Philip or Edward, or use the form below to send us a prayer request.

Belonging and Growing

A good way to meet people and build relationships in a growing church is by joining a Home Group. We encourage you to get involved with a Home Group as these small groups are an integral part of our pastoral care and community. Not only do the groups learn more of God and pray together, but also show genuine pastoral care and love. As each group shares life together, with its joys and challenges, highs and lows, the group supports each other, practically, emotionally and spiritually. Furthermore, the homegroup leaders gather together regularly, with the ministers, to pray for their groups, and the wider fellowship. For children and young people, their groups on a Sunday in Junior Church, or midweek, are similar places for belonging, growing and for pastoral care.

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator

Pastoral care is both practical and spiritual. Jo Waterhouse is our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator who helps us respond to more practical needs and requests. We have established a ‘pool of resources’, like an inventory of skills, talents and gifts, which members of the church have offered if there is a practical need (for example this includes a lift to hospital for an appointment, a home-cooked meal, or help with shopping to name three). If required the Care Team Co-ordinator can help to facilitate any arrangements.

Prayer Requests

We believe passionately that God loves you and hears us when we pray. Throughout the Bible people cry out to God in their need asking for help, forgiveness, peace, healing, deliverance and rescue. The Psalms are a great source of inspiration and examples of what you can pray and how to pray.

Again and again the Scriptures declare that the Lord hears us and responds to our prayers. In the New Testament, Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

As a church we can testify to this; God is faithful and compassionate. He brings assurance as we intercede and pray. A Christian writer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said, “Intercession means no more than to bring our brother or sister into the presence of God, to see him or her under the cross of Jesus as a poor human being and sinner in need of grace.” The Pastoral Prayer Group is willing to pray for you and your situation.

You can send us a prayer request by either speaking to one of the team directly or by filling in the prayer request box below.