The more formal ministry of pastoral care at Christ Church is supported and sustained in a variety of ways, however there are also many informal acts of care and kindness which are quietly carried out by members of the congregation as they support one another in times of illness or other difficulty. This truly plays a significant, if often hidden part, of the pastoral life of the congregation.
The Pastoral Care ministry is co-ordinated by the Rector and Pastoral Co-ordinator, Elizabeth Pearson.
Our twenty-eight Area Visitors have an important role play an important part in the life of the congregation, with each household being offered an area visitor, whose main role is to provide regular personal contact with church members. For those who did not wish to have an area visitor there are three networks that keep contact with these households, one for families with pre- and school-age children (to age 16), one for adult households, and one for young adults age 16-35 who do not have children.
There are also nine Pastoral Visitors in addition to the Pastoral Co-ordinator, who offer appropriate support, both short and longer term to the frailer, vulnerable, housebound, and elderly or those in care due to short term need or due to illness or personal circumstances. This support also includes sick and home communions.