Pastoral Team - Baptism Support Group
The Baptism Support Group (BSG) is led by co-ordinator Debbie Coles, and has about half a dozen members. Their ministry has a public face in church during baptism when they hand over the baptismal candle and read the Commission, but the member of the team assigned as the 'pastoral link' to the baptism will already have carried out at least one pastoral visit before the baptism has taken place, and will visit the family again after the baptism, to ensure that a strong link is made with the wider church family.
Pastoral Team - Lay Eucharistic Ministers
The Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) are a team of volunteers each of whom is commissioned by the Bishop to carry out their ministry. They assist with the distribution of Communion in church, and also take the 'reserved sacrament' (parts of the consecrated elements of bread and wine, specially kept in church for this purpose) to members of the church who are sick or housebound, thus enabling them (in their own homes) to join in and be part of the church's celebration of the Holy Communion - the Eucharist.
Pastoral Team - Kingsdowne Pastoral Link
This small team currently consists only of the Rector and one other person, who is the key Kingsdowne Pastoral Link. Kingsdowne is a large residential home within our parish (see "Other Ministries" in the main menu at the left of this page for more details). We have a congregation at Kingsdowne, and the Eucharist is celebrated there every month. The key Kingsdowne Pastoral Link assists with this service and also visits the home at other times week by week to maintain a constant pastoral ministry to the home.