Jesus warned us: “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). That is a fact for all of us. But, wonderfully, Jesus did not stop the sentance there. He went on to say “… But take heart! I have overcome the world”. He is the one who is sovereign over all our circumstances, strides over the waves to meet us in our trouble, whispers peace to our soul in anxiety, and lovingly calls us to “cast your burdens on Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Pet 5:7)
However, many of us will know all this and yet really struggle in our circumstances to keep our eyes on Him. That’s, in part, why God gave us each other in the church! He tells us to be those who teach, lovingly correct and encourage one another (Col 3:16, Rom 1:12). He also gives special instructions regarding care for the widows and elderly (and for when that care should not be given!) (Acts 6, 1 Tim 5).
In order to help people in difficulty we have a Care Team that visit those in need or housebound and who are able to arrange practical help, where necessary. We also provide a Prayer Ministry on Sunday mornings for those who need prayer having heard God speak to them.
However, Pastoral Care should go much further – it should be a care that meets us when there are no outward difficulties, should help us examine our own walk with God, and encourage us in our walk.
Therefore, Pastoral Care is also supported by Pastoral visits to everyone in the church on a rota. Where help is needed or additional input required, seminar training may be provided, or one-to-one Bible Study, or one-to-one prayer. We expect that everyone will be involved in a Home Group who will also share concern for your spiritual growth, just as you also will help others.
In this way, we believe that all members are involved in Pastoring one another, so that as a church we can Know, Grow, Love and Sow for His glory!