Our pastoral ministry is led by our team of lay pastoral ministers. These are people identified by the Church as having the gift of pastoral care. They are people inspired by Jesus’ caring ministry; they are able to listen to others and have a sense of God’s calling to care for others.
Each of them has attended a 3 year course of training in the theology of pastoral ministry and all have been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and are authorised to work for St. Peter’s Church in this area.
“As a lay pastoral minister, my main role is to work with a team of people who run our Bethany Support Group and the Friendship Group. My aim is to walk alongside the people who come to these groups through friendship, helping to meet their needs and sharing their joys and sorrows. Then, encouraging them to discover their own inner beauty and their gifts, so that they can experience how special they are in God’s eyes and how much they are loved by Him.”
“Since I took early retirement , I had been looking for more opportunities to serve God. I felt drawn to visiting people who are sick or just might need some company. I completed the Bishop’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Course in September 2016.”
“I was authorised as a LPM in 2005 but have been involved in ministry since well before that. I have felt a real sense of calling to this ministry. I do home visits, bereavement visiting, sick visiting, and I take communion out into the community.”
“I’ve been a LPM for 4 years now. I finished my 3 year course in 2010 and was asked by Felicity, our vicar, to concentrate on working in the community. I visit The Grove, Old People’s Home, and lots of different people in the Village. I am involved in taking out communion and with the monthly service at the Grove. I always wanted to help people and to do something for Jesus; and this is it.”