A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13 v 34-35
The new Pastoral Team met last week to make plans for the future of care at St Pauls & St Peters.
We started by thinking about our vision and how best to describe the work we do. We decided that Pastoral Team best summed up what we do and are now writing our vision statement that we will make available. The key words that came from discussion were, support, advice, signposting, active listening, being available, prayer and being proactive and reactive team.
We had many ideas as the evening progressed but came to the firm conclusion that we need to start small and evolve as time and commitment allow rather than introducing everything in one go and fail.
So, over the next few weeks we will:
Introduce a dedicated notice board for the Pastoral Team, in both churches, that gives details of what we offer, pictures of the team and explains when and how we can be contacted.
Wear lanyards on a Sunday to be easily identifiable, so that people know who to come to if they have a concern for themselves or someone else, that may need support beyond a Sunday
Revise the pastoral list (we have begun to do this). Those people who have moved away will be taken off the list and we will be approaching those who are regular attendees, that aren’t on the list, to become part of our community.
Pray regularly for everyone on the list
Ensure that safeguarding standards are in place, that the team is recruited safely and that DBS checks are carried out for those who will be visiting on a regular basis. We will work closely with Andy Birmingham our Safeguarding Coordinator and the team.
Work with the Prayer Ministry Team and Welcomers Team to ensure those who need support beyond a Sunday will be passed on to our team.
Offer support to all the leaders of or groups and to the person who heads up Life Groups to ensure those who aren’t part of a group are supported.
From this week onwards Sue has agreed that if you would like to report any pastoral concerns to the office during the week she will be pleased to pass them on to Ian so that the team can follow up.
At present the pastoral team is made up of: Doreen Hadley-Rowe, Pauline Pearson, Liz Warwick, Ann Faulkner, Karen Ledger and Ian Carpenter (who acts as coordinator). This is likely to increase over the coming weeks and we will keep you informed of the changes. Please don’t hesitate to seek us out on a Sunday if you have a concern or speak with Sue in the office.