Pastoral Care and Family Groups

PASTORAL CARE AND FELLOWSHIP

The Pastoral Care and Fellowship Coordinator is Brenda Manuel. Her role is to facilitate nurture, care and rich fellowship for all people associated with Adare Uniting Church.

To fulfill this role the church has established Pastoral Family Groups, and each person who associates with the church is placed in a group, The group members have the responsibility of mutual care and to assist new people to build good and healthy relationships – initially with the group members and eventually the wider church and community. The group members, led by a liaison person, gather for fellowship activities several times each year as a way of strengthening the bonds of friendship.

As the focus of the groups is relational, group members are encouraged to support each other at all times, and particularly through times of sickness or adversity. This includes prayers, visitation, and personal assistance. Recognizing birthdays and anniversaries within the group is one way this may occur.

As a general rule liaison people have been appointed to lead each group which have 15 -20 people making up a pastoral family. Their activities may be social, creative, spiritual, or sumptuous, but they are designed to help each person share and contribute in fellowship. Groups create their own names and plan their own activities. Liaison people receive direct support in their role from the Pastoral Care and Fellowship Coordinator

Click HERE to see current groups within the Adare Uniting Church as at 22/08/21.

Brenda Manuel - Pastoral Care and Family Groups Coordinator