At Christ Church the responsibility for the pastoral care of the Church family rests with our Vicar, Stephen Sizer, but, as we are a large Church, pastoral care is shared with our church community.
The Pastoral Care Team (PCT) includes the Clergy, the Churchwardens, Pastors and trusted individuals. The latter are appointed by invitation only and are established members of the Church. Our Pastoral Care Team undergo appropriate safeguarding checks in line with the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for those working with vulnerable adults.
Pastoral care at Christ Church operates within an explicit policy of corporate confidentiality. Where appropriate, confidential information is shared between those with pastoral care responsibilities. This protects against the possibility of manipulation or exploitation and ensures everyone receives appropriate care.
We are blessed with a number of Pastors who lead our Children’s, Youth, Student, Adult and Family ministries. They share in the provision of pastoral care under the leadership of the clergy. The Pastoral Care Team meets weekly to review and pray for those in need within the church family. Home Group leaders or others may also be asked to visit church members at home or hospital if it is requested. If any member of the Christ Church family is in need of pastoral care, they should contact Stephen, one of the Pastors or a member of the Pastoral Care Team. Members of the PCT are listed in the Church Directory.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:7-12)
We make use of external support when the need arises. This may include the following agencies:
Domestic Abuse – 01483 776822
Cruse Bereavement Support – 01932 571177
Samaritans – 01932 844444
Citizens Advice – 01932 842666
In fulfilling their duty of care, the clergy at Christ Church welcomes the Church of England’s Clergy Professional Conduct Guidelines.
Endorsed by the Parochial Church Council: 13th May 2014