Jesus calls all of us to care for and to be ‘present’ to others. ‘Pastoral Care’ is simply sharing the love of God with one another, in encouragement and support, and by showing practical concern. Pastoral Care is expressed when we pray for one another, when we offer a listening ear or when we visit someone at home, in nursing homes or in hospital.
Most of the care and prayer at St Andrews Church happens informally and spontaneously through existing friendships. It flows naturally after Sunday Worship or Worship on Wednesday and in the groups to which you belong, such as the Guild, House Groups, Choir and so on.
That said, pastoral care is primarily expressed by our worship together. As we draw close to God in worship, we also draw close to one another. In worship we receive from God the spiritual resources we need as followers of Jesus Christ. In worship, we also pray for one another, encourage, and build one another up in love.