St Cuthbert’s has had a Pastoral Care Team [PCT] in operation since 2003. Currently, it comprises more than twenty people. Each member belongs one of three House Groups which meet regularly. General overview of Team activities is in the hands of a Support Group on which each House Group is represented.
Members conduct visits to people in their own homes: the sick, the recently bereaved, the lonely, the housebound and those socially isolated. They also travel to visit people in local hospitals and care homes, often praying with them and for them. When appropriate, tactful references to specialist organisations may be made. Approximately annually, a Tea Party is organised for the residents of local Nursing and Care Homes, and members of the congregation are also invited.
Mindful of the need to increase awareness, Training Days for members are arranged at least once a year. Recently invited speakers have informed us on the activities of Age UK and the subject of dementia.
Over the last four years, a scheme for the provision of Home Communions has been developed. Ministers, ordained and lay, accompanied by a PCT member, lead a short, specially devised service. Visits for this purpose take place once a month or more frequently.
During Advent, a Communion service in church is organised for the housebound. Also at this time, and at Easter, cards are prepared and delivered to all the people who have had contact with the PCT, to some elderly parishioners and to the parents of Bertie Bear group children, our church provision for the very young.
Operating under the auspices of the Trinity Hospice, the PCT holds coffee mornings for those who have recently been bereaved. Stepping Stones takes place in the Parish Hall on the second Thursday of each month for one hour from 10.30 a.m. During these much-appreciated gatherings for the local community, people can find a listening ear and friendly support.
If further information is required, please contact Ann Turner, the PCT Co-ordinator, on 01253 738213.