Pastoral Visiting Team

As we seek to develop our pastoral care within our churches and the wider community we feel that it would be a real help and benefit if we can set up a Pastoral Visiting Team. Pastoral Visitors would be on hand to visit and care for people who are in difficult situations and who would value particular support at such a time. Specific areas of need might include supporting those who are coming to terms with bereavement or those facing up to illness and the need for hospital care. Pastoral Visitors can have a key role to play in offering focussed support for people as well as being able to pray with those who would find that helpful. Initial training will be provided for those who would like to be on the team – certainly enough training to get people to the start line as it were! As things develop more will be put in place in keeping with the need.

Please be assured that visitors will never be dealing with a situation alone and that there will be on-going support available for people wanting to de-brief after a visit. Please also be assured that there is no expectation that each pastoral visitor will be able to offer a response to ALL of the potential needs that might be presented – that’s why having a number of people on the team with different gifts would be helpful. In terms of time commitment, whatever you can give will be hugely appreciated. Some people might be able to give a couple of hours a month, others more. Time will also need to be made for termly team meetings. If you would like to be a member of this new team then please do speak to James (Vicar), Stephen (Curate) or Katrina (Lay Reader).

‘Paraclesis’ – Sharing the Journey

Following on from the ‘Paraclesis’ Course last year a number of people filled in ‘Journey Cards’. Having experienced various life events themselves they are now offering to walk alongside others who might be going through similar things.

In summary, help can be offered to those facing up to bereavement or struggling with depression. Help can be offered to those who find themselves as single parents with all the challenges that that brings – particularly with teenage children. Offers of help have also been made to those facing serious illness, or coping with life-changing/life-threatening surgery. Help can also be offered to those facing financial crisis or dealing with life-changing experiences or traumatic events.

If anybody, currently facing up to any of these things, would appreciate someone walking alongside them then please speak to James (Vicar), Stephen (Curate) or Katrina (Lay Reader).

It must also be added that, even if none of the above concerns apply to you, but there are other concerns that you would like to talk to someone about there are people ready to listen and journey with you. Again please speak to James (Vicar), Stephen (Curate) or Katrina (Lay Reader).

Selsey Walking & Outdoor Festival

Saturday 26 May 2018

10.30am Four Churches Walk
10 miles, 6 hours approx.

A wonderful walk from Hunston to Selsey visiting four churches along the way. We stop for refreshments at St Stephen’s Church and then visit St Leodegar’s Church, St Mary Our Lady where we stop for a picnic and St Wilfrid’s Chapel. An opportunity to find out the history of these beautiful churches. We will also be walking through Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. Bring your own picnic and drink (and money if you wish to donate for the refreshments at North Mundham).

£2.00 per person.

Tickets can be booked here.

Meet at Hunston Car Park near the canal at 10.30am. PO20 1NR

Contact Ann 07722 827 220 for more information.

ROOTS

ROOTS youth group is on this Wednesday at the Cabin, St Leodegars Church, Hunston.
6.30 – 8pm for school years 9 – 13
All are welcome, £1 subs

Contact Alistair for more info 07780 875837 or akghinn@gmail.com

Lighthouse and Solid Rock youth groups next meet on Wednesday 18th April after the Easter holidays.