Our heart is to support people of all ages across the fellowship and beyond into the wider community where possible.
You may feel you need additional pastoral support than that offered by your Home Group leader, or other supportive areas. The Pastoral Team is here to try and meet those needs. You can email a member of the team directly if you would like a confidential pastoral meeting, or consider one of the resources listed in our Pastoral Support Groups.
Pastoral Care Team
You can meet with a member of our Pastoral Care Team who will listen and pray for you. We also provide Pastoral Listening, Home Visits, Hospital visits, Home Communion and Bereavement Listening along with various other resources listed under the Pastoral Support Groups as listed below:
PASTORAL SUPPORT GROUPS/EVENTS
A variety of friendly groups covering a wide range of pastoral needs.
A group which meets once a month for those in the prime of life. This is a social gathering in a Christian context with fun, fellowship and friendship. If you’d like to join us, we meet at Christ Church in The Junction, from 10.30am – midday on the first Wednesday of the month.
Knit and Natter
Are you alone, in need of some social interaction and perhaps a new focus? If so, you might like to come and join our friendly, guided, Christian mutual support group for scripture, prayer, conversation and, of course, knitting! The aim of this group is to encourage the development of new friendships, borne out of the challenges of bereavement, living alone, and/or loneliness.
No previous knitting experience is required, just a pair of needles and a ball or two of wool! There are experienced members within the group who are only too happy to teach beginners.
We currently meet weekly in the Junction on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. The session runs for an hour and half, closing in prayer at 3.30.
‘…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God’ Colossians 3:16.
The act of singing is uplifting and health-giving in so many ways: an act of worship which truly engages the heart; a joy-filled, faith-enriching experience, releasing tension and promoting well-being.
In order to discover more about connecting our hearts more deeply with our voices, a small team are running a pastorally-led group, held fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm. Please check the Church Calendar for dates.
We provide visitors for anyone who has been bereaved. We offer in-house visits as necessary. We will, of course, be respectful of wishes, and if preferred, will offer a telephone service. Please call the church office on 01923 282149 if you would like to arrange a visit or a telephone call.
We also have an annual Bereavement Service at church in the Autumn– this is a quiet, gentle service to remember those we have loved and lost. There is an opportunity to light a candle in their memory. All are welcome.
Carer's Support Group
This group usually meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. The group is for anyone who is in a caring role – for a partner, parent, child or a friend. It is a confidential, supportive space to talk and meet others in similar situations.
Embracing the role of ‘carer’ can open up many positive opportunities within a relationship. It is also widely recognised as a role which can bring particular strains and challenges at times – even when professional support networks are in place.
The Carers’ Support Group is for anyone who is a carer. It provides a confidential, supportive space to talk, the opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and perhaps to learn from each other. Meetings always include a facilitated group discussion and prayerful, meditative input, and sometimes an informative topical presentation. Private prayer opportunities, either for yourself or a particular situation are also available.
Unfortunately, we can’t provide respite facilities during the meetings for the people you care for, but we hope that the timing of the meetings might make it possible for friends or relatives to support you in this way.
The group is facilitated by Tracy Brown and Jill Walton. Please call the office if you hope to come or to find out more. Tel: 01923 282149
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
For those adjusting to life after cancer treatment. This is a 6-week quality of life course to help those who have had, or are going through, cancer treatment. The course explores coping strategies for a range of physical and emotional areas, within a safe and confidential Christian setting. If you would like more information, please contact Tracy email@example.com or Chris firstname.lastname@example.org
Some issues may require specialist support. Contact us for further advice.
(Using external professional service will require payment. In this instance we cannot be responsible for the quality of care provided.)
LUNCH AT THE JUNCTION
Lunches for seniors who live alone, for friendship and chatter over a home cooked meal at Christ Church
A Seasonal daytime church service especially for those living with dementia or additional support needs, their family, friends and carers in relaxed and accessible surroundings followed by a light lunch. Further details will be provided closer to the time.
Please contact Christ Church for more information email@example.com
ALIVE IN CHRIST
Alive in Christ! ‘I came so that they may have life and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10) even as we age!
An inspiring and encouraging compilation of 3 short talks by Sue Saville, widow of David Saville, ex-vicar at Christ Church.
Sue draws from her own experience as she sensitively approaches the physical and moral limitations of aging, and the reality that God continues to have exciting plans and blessings for each of us, even as we age. This is a message of hope and excitement.
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