Pastoral Care involves offering care, support and encouragement to others. Reflecting the ministry of Jesus, it includes demonstrating unconditional love and acceptance, bringing hope, being present with and listening to people, journeying alongside people, especially during times of crisis, change and bereavement, building relationships and praying for those in our care.
The Pastoral Team is a group of 15 people who undertake all or some of the following:
• Visiting parishioners who are elderly, disabled, housebound, ill, recovering from illness or bereavement at home, in residential day-care centres or in hospital.
• Visiting those who are new to the church.
• Offering listening, conversation, support or prayer to those being visited.
• Making and maintaining telephone contact with identified individuals.
• Taking Home Communion to church members who have requested communion and who are unable to come to church services.
• Taking Services of the Word or Holy Communion with reserved sacrament at Care Homes.
• Offering prayer support to members of the congregation during one service every month.
All members of the Pastoral Team are DBS checked and some have undergone training provided by Church of England Birmingham, such as the Pastoral Care and Community Skills course. Others come with a background in the caring professions.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Pastoral Team, if you think you could help the team, or you have a request for pastoral support, please contact the Church Office in the first instance on 0121 449 2243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.