Pastoral Care derives from the word pastor which comes from the Latin word for “shepherd.” A pastor is to be a shepherd of God’s flock. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care….not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be….eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3). But Pastoral care is the responsibility of all Christians, not just the vicar, and a good lay pastoral care team is essential for the parish. The task is therefore now also undertaken by trained members of the congregation. It includes a range of actions that seek to look to provide spiritual and emotional support at times of stress or crisis.


To co-ordinate the care of St. Peter’s Church Family.

Pastoral ministry is responsible friendship and follows the New Testament principles of shared leadership and mutual ministry. Friendship promises commitment, loyalty and mutual trust.
We aim to walk alongside others on the Emmaus Road.
We meet monthly to review and plan our actions.

The Pastoral Team

There are at present nine members on the team. Each member has been updated on the issues of Safeguarding and of the necessary action to take should the need arise.

What do we do?
• Befriending-listening, encouraging, supporting with confidentially
• Home visits
• Hospital visiting-including taking people within the church family for appointments
• Monthly Nursing Home visiting
• Bereavement support-as and when necessary
• Home Communion- monthly to those who request it
• Monthly Communion -as appropriate to those in Nursing Homes
• Monthly Service of Worship to a local Nursing Home
• Baptism- follow up, by sending a card on 1st anniversary.
• All hospital stays are followed up by a card.
• Hospital chaplains are contacted when required
• Liaise with Prayers for Healing Group, updating the Weekly Newsletter and Ongoing Prayer List.
• Organise ‘All Age Coffee Mornings’.

Please contact Daphne Brindle 01249 653212 or Joan Chapman 01249 460270 if you require any help.