Enquiring Minds Want to Know!
Most places have moved into the summertime haze with a mystery novel in one hand and a cold glass of lemonade in the other. But here at All Saints we are looking to see where we have traveled together in the past few years. We are constantly reminding ourselves that God has called us on a journey to deepen our faith by service to others, and renewing our own minds and hearts through worship, study work and prayer.
Last week we asked a question about the worship at All Saints - and your experience of it. Over the next few weeks, we’d like to stretch your mind and heart a little more by asking a similar question about the other areas of ministry that have provided us with goals and directions to our collective ministry. Namely: Pastoral Care, Christian Education, Nurturing Young Families, and finally “feeding the community”.
Pastoral Care is all about connecting with people. I looked for an official definition and found this, " Pastoral care is an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. It has been described in our modern context as individual and corporate patience in which trained pastoral carers support people in their pain, loss and anxiety, and their triumphs, joys and victories." Well, there! But here at All Saints we have a community of carers who meet on Thursday mornings to pray for people in need. You can add any name or concern to their list for prayers - or if action such as a visit is needed, you can also make that request.
New this summer is the planning of a "Buddy Program" that will attempt to pair up people with a visitor. Would you like to have a visit or call from a "Buddy? we're working on trying to stay connected as a family of faith. Get in touch with the office for more details coming this fall.
So, here's the question for this week ...
In light of our ministry together in the last three years when one of our goals was to "enhance our Pastoral Care program", how have you experienced "pastoral Care" at All Saints? Please comment on your the many ways the Pastoral Care team has touched your life: Prayer teams at Communion, a call from a Parish Health team carer, a drive to an appointment, prayers for you or friends, home Communions ... and if there are any concerns or helpful ideas for future care needs please feel free to share them with the "Ministry and Mission" (M&M) team.
Please address your comments to Elizabeth Northcott: firstname.lastname@example.org