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The Parish of Three Saints

Pastoral Care

       

 

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you:  Love one another.     

As I have loved you, so you must love one another”

 

As a Church Family, we recognise that we are all called to show pastoral care informally to other people as we interact with our families, neighbours and work colleagues, especially when we find ourselves in a situation where we can show kindness or offer help.

We also feel that God is calling us to reach out to people we don’t know in our communities, young and old, churched and unchurched and especially those in need of any kind of pastoral care with the same unconditional love and acceptance that He has shown us.

So, in line with our commitment to broaden the pastoral ministry of our parish, a team of eight Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs) has been identified from within our Church Family, trained by the Diocese and commissioned to carry out the specific ministry of pastoral care on behalf of the parish.

Our LPAs are;

Anthony Barkle, Dot Coles, Tim and Jane Hannah, Gwen Hatton, Carla Searle, Margaret Smith and Ginnie Soffe.

Under the guidance of our minister, or, during the vacancy, our reader, they play an important part in our parish and wider community by visiting and caring for those in need, offering a listening ear, a friendly face and seeking to bring the love of Jesus to all. Their focus is to serve our communities by being Jesus’ hands and feet, His eyes and ears.

 In practical terms this might mean;

  • offering help with lifts
  • gardening
  • providing meals
  • shopping
  • visiting people in hospital or those ill at home
  • being there for a recently bereaved neighbour
  • being a listening ear when someone is going through a difficult time
  • working alongside children, the elderly, the lonely or the housebound

It is sometimes easier to talk to someone you don’t know so well or someone you know will be discreet. LPAs can’t offer counseling, but they can listen, support and encourage and they can point you towards people who can help further if you would like them to

 If you, a neighbour or a loved one would like a pastoral visit from one of our LPAs, or would like someone to contact you for a chat on the phone, please don’t hesitate to ring Anthony Barkle on 07701 081077 or Carole Carter in the Church Office on 01278 769082 or to email us at  lpacare.tpots@gmail.com

We will be only too pleased to hear from you, and will treat everything you share with us in confidence.

You don’t have to attend church regularly to receive prayer or a visit.  Pastoral care is for all.

“Realistically, we all know that the vicar can’t provide pastoral care to everybody and so it’s right that we take people with those pastoral gifts and release them into a ministry where they can provide that on-going care in a way that vicars can’t.

Revd Jonathan Philpott
Priest In Charge in the Benefice of Berrow and Brean

Champion of Pastoral Care Training in the Axbridge Deanery