Pastoral care

Team Leader: Stephen Torrance

 

cards of encouragement

To be aware of people’s needs and to send cards of encouragement to let people know that we as a church are praying for them. Also to send birthday and anniversary cards.
 

catering to people’s needs

To be aware of people in need and co-ordinate casseroles, food hampers and supplies to meet this need. Co-ordination starts with activating the small group that the person in need is affiliated with, then involving a wider group to cover longer term needs.
 

discipleship/mentoring

Peer to peer mentoring within the church is encouraged. A heart for open and honest relationships is needed so that each person is encouraged in their Christian walk. It requires a person to keep groups accountable for each other and also provide resources to enhance spiritual maturity within the partnership.
discovery series
Teaching the “Discovering Church Community”, the first in the Discovery series. The aim is to introduce NorWest Community Church’s beliefs, history and values to newcomers so that each member has a clear understanding of where we have come from and where we are going as a church.

 

prayer chain

This requires someone to motivate people to pray for urgent matters that arise throughout the year. This is achieved by managing a prayer chain roster whereby people phone through specific church related prayer requests.
prayer coordinator
The Prayer Co-ordinator helps the church pray in unity. This is done by providing prayer points for the weekly newsletter. Also to promote prayer through the corporate prayer meetings. We also encourage people to pray in small prayer groups on a weekly basis for the church and personal matters.

social committee

Work with a team of people, planning and running social activities for the church. This ministry has a 2 pronged purpose, to build unity and fellowship with church members and to provide a low threshold activity for friends and contacts to join us.
 

special services

This person needs to facilitate, resource and be a consultant for special services that may arise from time to time, e.g. Marriages, Baptisms, Baby Dedications, Funerals.

 

visitation

A genuine caring nature is needed to visit and support people. This is a diverse activity which includes visiting people in hospital, their home and socially. Reasons for visiting include helping people through sickness, grief, crisis, difficulties etc. We would highly recommend training by participating in a “Learning to Care” course. This is a 6 week course that helps people care for others more effectively.
 

welcoming/ushering

A bright friendly personality is needed to greet people at the door to make visitors feel welcome. This also includes helping newcomers to their seats and directing them to morning tea or their children to Kids Church. Part of the welcoming process is to introduce newcomers to people of their own age or similar family dynamics, so as to start a friendship.