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“Encouraging people to develop strong, healthy relationships of Christian love with others.”
The Methodist Church has a system of care for both its members and those who join us for worship, weekday groups and meetings.
As a caring Church we believe that providing high quality pastoral care is one of the main expressions of our faith and love for God and for others.
Our pastoral system has three strands in order to provide appropriate pastoral support for people with differing pastoral needs. Some people opt to be part of a Pastoral Group which meets for support, encouragement, prayer and study on a fortnightly basis. These groups use a variety of source materials and have previously based their discussions around areas as diverse as ‘Les Miserables – a Lent study’ and Open Doors ‘Live like a North Korean’. Other people opt to have a Pastoral Visitor who provides a link between them and the whole church, visiting either on a regular basis or as requested. Some people opt not to have any direct pastoral provision because they receive care in all sorts of other ways. We also have a small team of pastoral visitors who will respond to any situations of need which arise.
We all need pastoral care, leaders, and members, Pastoral Visitors themselves as well as our Minister and in these practical ways we share the love of God with our community.
People new to the church are encouraged to fill in one of our welcome leaflets and are given the opportunity to express what sort of pastoral support would be most appropriate for them.
In addition to overseeing our Pastoral System, our Pastoral Team organises a variety of social opportunities for the whole church in order to enable us to get to know one another better. They also keep our Safeguarding policy and procedures up to date to ensure that we are a safe and welcoming community for all people.