Beacon Parishes Pastoral Care Team
What is it?
A small group of Christian people in each of the churches who are available to offer visits and support to members of the congregation and, where appropriate, the wider community. The team works alongside the clergy and all members have been trained in supporting others and offering a listening ear. They have also had an enhanced DBS check as part of our “Safer Recruiting” policy.
Why do we need it?
A good question! Our churches are recognised as friendly and caring churches and many people are already supporting others as part of their everyday life. The team is not there to replace such valuable care, nor to duplicate the excellent work done by other non-church organisations, but offers a ‘safety net’ for those who may find themselves a bit more isolated, especially in times of illness, bereavement, or other difficult circumstances. It is easy for someone to be ‘lost’ in the busyness of our lives and a quick telephone call to see if they are all right is often much appreciated.
What kind of support?
Members of the team are available to visit people in their homes or may just be a kind listening ear over the telephone. It includes supporting those who care for others. For instance if you regularly help someone with their shopping but you will be going away, then you can contact the team to see if someone is able fill the gap. Support is confidential within the usual boundaries.
How can you help?
By letting the team know if you think someone would value a visit/call or if you need support in caring for someone else.
Who do I contact?
The best way is to contact Vanessa Bevan (01803 812812 ) or your wardens who will then ask a member of the team to get in touch with you. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any member of the team after services.
Members of the Pastoral Care Team are: