Outreach & Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Both ordained and lay members of the Pastoral Team, together with others in the congregation, engage in the on-going pastoral ministry of the parish to both visitors and residents under the direction and guidance of the Vicar who has, what is often termed, the cure of souls. They are deeply conscious that they minister in the name of Jesus Christ who cared for all. Great care is taken to ensure that confidentiality is respected. Specific members of the team have the Bishop’s authority to take the Sacrament of Eucharist - the Body and Blood of Christ - to those who are sick, incapacitated or housebound, who highly value this ministry and the sense of feeling connected to the rest of the worshipping community.

Confessions and Counselling

The clergy are always ready to lend a listening ear and, when requested, to offer counselling and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (often known as Confession). The place of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is part of the Church of England’s pastoral ministry and is enshrined in the Book of Common Prayer. Should I go to confession? The Church of England has always taken the view that ‘all may, none must, some should’ and that it is a valuable and confidential ministry. Contact the Vicar.