PASTORAL CARE Introduction

Pastoral care is the ministry of care and support provided by our appointed pastoral team lead by our Rector Roger Cooke. 'Pastoral care' aims to provide help and caring to others in their church or wider community.


In this sense it can be applied to listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending but can also encompass a wide variety of issues including health, social and moral education, behaviour management and emotional support. If we are Christians, we are all called to love and to care. It is an essential part of being a Christian.


When Jesus was asked which commandment was most important, he replied:Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31 N.I.V.) And in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus defined our ‘neighbour’ in the widest possible terms, cutting right across boundaries of colour, class or creed. And the way we care for others is a reflection of the way we care about our Lord. (Matthew 25:35-40).


Our pastoral team is trained and follows an ethical code and procedures which recognise the unique status, value and dignity of each individual within God’s Creation. They are encouraged to recognise the limits of their own competence and learn when to refer to the leaders if issues arise which go beyond that competence. They have access to a wide range of specialist help should the circumstances arise.


Our pastoral team treat each individual with respect to ensure they are kept free from harm. Our pastoral team know that strict confidentiality is paramount. Except where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed (eg, where there is an ongoing risk of harm to children or young people) confidentiality is carefully preserved.


What do the pastoral team do?


-Visit the sick (in hospital or at home)


-Care for the elderly and infirm -Lend an listening

 ear to those who need it


-Get alongside those who are lonely


-Get to know people who are new to St Patricks's

 to try to integrate them into fellowship


-Identify particular problems and bring them to the

 attention of the church leadership (subject to confidentiality)


-Provide Prayer support via the Prayer Ministry


If in need! Contact the Parish Office. Tel: 02870344213