One of our value statements says “We are committed to being an inclusive, welcoming community…We believe God has called us together to be a people who love and care for each other, and we therefore value opportunities to strengthen our bonds of friendship and fellowship”.
Woodgreen is full of rescued people, not perfect people. And the wonderful thing is that God hasn’t just rescued us to be individual Christians, but to belong to his community. When it comes to care in Woodgreen we look to “widen the net but narrow the mesh” which means we seek to be better at ensuring that the widest number of people are cared for and no-one slips through the net.
Whilst there are those who have been given the gift of caring, we don’t just leave pastoral care to a few individuals. We care for each other, encouraging each other towards a greater dependence on God, displaying to those outside the church a love which marks us out as followers of Christ.
The best place for care in a large church is in our many small groups and particularly Growth Groups. We encourage those who lead each activity to ensure that “Care for the team” is not only on the Agenda at each planning meeting but is part of their responsibility at other times.
Pastoral Care Team
We have a Pastoral Care Team who aim to be the servant hearted and visible contact point for delivering pastoral care to those in need. They will seek to provide appropriate care but at the same time look to identify and involve others who have a genuine gift of care.
Pastoral visits from the Elders
Over the course of a year the leaders of the church, the Elders plan to meet with every member to pray with them and provide biblical encouragement and support.
And we serve a God who cares. Our God is full of compassion and grace and we rejoice in that.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”
The Bible, 1 Peter 5:7