PASTORAL CARE

Pastoral care

The church family is there to offer pastoral care in family support through illness, in bereavement and at other difficult times. We have a network of church visitors and our pastoral care work is led by our Pastoral Care Ministry Leaders, Lorraine Gasside, Rachel Jacques and Louise Middleton.

Every six months we have a training session to strengthen our work of pastoral care. Recent sessions have covered basic first aid and the use of the church’s defibrillator, bereavement and care of those with dementia.

We have been recognised as a Child Friendly church and have a long tradition of commitment to children, young people and all ages.

We are also committed to the care of older people and have recently become a Dementia Friendly Church and are part of the Cheltenham Churches’ Anna Chaplaincy initiative seeking to co-ordinate and support the work of Churches throughout Cheltenham in their involvement with Care Homes and with older people generally.

If you would like support in any way please contact our pastoral team.

Prayer for healing and wholeness

Prayer is at the heart of our pastoral care. If you would like us to pray for you or for someone you are concerned for please contact us.

Do you need help now?

Here are some valuable contacts for help in all sorts of different circumstances.

If you are desperate for someone to talk to immediately contact:

The Cheltenham Samaritans on 01242 515777 or at www.cheltenhamsamaritans.org

The National Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or at www.samaritans.org

If you are in need of counselling in Cheltenham or Gloucestershire, you can contact Listening Post Sharing your concerns with a caring person may help you to get them into perspective and enable you to work towards a solution.

For practical help in Cheltenham with housing, employment, finances and debt contact P3, bringing together advice from lots of different people. Phone 01242 576002.

For help for families and young people click here to contact County Community Projects or ring 01242 228999.

For help with debt related issues contact Christians Against Poverty.

For help with people who have dementia click here to contact the Alzheimer’s Society

For information about services provided in Gloucestershire click here to go to the Your Circle website.