The phrase 'pastoral care' can be very confusing. Just what is 'pastoral care'? How is it different from any other kind of care? Who gets involved in pastoral care, and who doesn't? It can all seem rather overwhelming and something that church staff do, so perhaps we should just leave it to them…
But pastoral care is the joy and privilege of every Christian and something that Jesus calls us to be involved with. This four week course is intended to break some of the misconceptions of pastoral care, encourage us to get involved and give some very practical advice on how to care for one another with the love of God. The course runs for four weeks on Thursday evenings, 6, 13, 20, 27 May, from 8pm to 9pm on Zoom. Each evening will consist of some teaching, discussion in small groups and whole group feedback. We would love everyone to be part of the course so if you don't feel comfortable speaking or sharing via Zoom, don't let that put you off. You will not be asked to do anything you are not comfortable with.
Anyone is welcome to join in with the course even if you don't feel you are involved in church 'leadership' at the moment. You will get the most out of this course if you can attend all four weeks. However, if you need to miss a week there will be some course materials you can access.
You will need to register for the course so we can send you the relevant Zoom information and course materials. To register, simply complete the form below:
Click here to download the notes from week 1