Caring for each other

In a large church family there will always be people who are going through challenging times in their spiritual, home or work life. These may include serious health issues, loss of independence, redundancy, bereavement and challenging relationships. Our 'pastoral care' ministry aims to support each other through these times. Most importantly it is through pastoral care that we encourage each other in our love for Jesus so that we can put our hope and trust in Him, whatever our circumstances.

As members of God's family and our church community in Maidenhead, we all have a responsibility to be looking out for one another and encouraging each other to grow in faith and helping practically in times of need. This work is co-ordinated by Sue Bauhahn.

We encourage everybody to regularly attend a Sunday congregation or Thursday Fellowship and be part of a Growth Group, Christianity Explored or Discipleship Course. These small groups are the best way we can care for each other.

The staff team pray regularly for everyone on our ‘care list’ which is our church directory. If asked, prayer needs can also be brought before the wider church family. Many people also meet in groups of three or more to pray regularly together.

We visit those who are housebound on a regular basis to give spiritual encouragement. When people are sick or facing challenges we encourage them with a phone call, a visit or by linking them with someone who will read the Bible with them. We provide meals for those who would benefit at busy times such as recovering from an operation or after the arrival of a new baby.

As many of our regular activities take a break over summer, we run 'Summer Praise' on Thursday afternoons which includes a short Bible talk and activity, followed by tea and cake.  We also encourage new mums to meet together and support one another.

A dedicated team of people are available to help church members with employment issues such as interviews, workplace bullying and redundancy. See CAPS for more information.