The care and support that we offer at Gleneagles
We all have times when we need a little extra practical help, particularly when we are unwell, bereaved, feeling down or have upheaval at work or at home. It can help if someone brings you a meal, gives you a lift or does some shopping or cleaning. You might need moral support at a medical appointment or just someone to chat to over a coffee. We understand that it isn’t easy to ask, but a bit of help can make such a difference. Speak to Carolyn Beck or June Pereira (For All Contacts below) who will find someone to help you.
The old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ really is true. Talking through something that is troubling you can get things back into perspective. Contact Carolyn Beck who will suggest someone with a good ‘listening ear’ who will treat what you say in confidence and help you to see a way forward.
We want Gleneagles Church to be a place where you can make good friends. We have regular fellowship and social events to have fun together and to get to know each other better. In particular:
A great way to get to know people and learn more about your faith. Home Group leaders make sure that the people in their group are supported. We have daytime and evening groups as well as groups for teens. Please speak to our Vicar, Rev Melvyn Pereira, about joining a group.
Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry
Activities and events to help you to make friends in the church. Everyone is very welcome to come along.
Meets regularly at Gleneagles Social Club for fun and friendship. Contact Valerie Brown for more details.
We carry each other’s burdens when we pray for each other. We would love to pray for you whatever your need, for example, if you are experiencing illness, worry, fears, loneliness, difficult relationships, debt or problems of any kind. After each Sunday service members of the Prayer Ministry team are available to pray with you. They can easily be identified by their badges.
Prayer Ministry team members are also available to meet privately with you, at home or elsewhere, to pray about personal issues which are troubling you. This can be especially helpful if you have an emotional hurt, longstanding issues or difficulties or past traumas. Speak to Melvyn or Jackie Brooks Cheeseman (Prayer Ministry team leader) if you would like to discuss this, in total confidence.
The Prayer Ministry team members usually work in pairs, most often a man and a woman working together. The team members will listen carefully and pray specifically for you. If you would like to meet with team members both of the same sex as yourself, that is easily arranged. Anything shared in this context is kept completely confidential, although under certain circumstances we may share some information within the team and possibly further afield purely on a need-to-know basis. This would only be with your full knowledge.
The prayer chain comprises church members who have agreed to pray for particular needs. If you have a prayer request, contact Liz Wells who will ask the members of the prayer chain to pray about your concerns. We encourage you to bring your requests to God – nothing is too small for Him to care about.
Urgent prayer needs
If at any time you urgently need prayer support, please contact Liz Wells. Members of our prayer chain are available to pray at any time.
Prayer Days happen usually twice a year. The venue is set up with a variety of different prayer stations and prayer ministry is also available. Everyone is very welcome to come and pray for as short or as long a time as you wish during Prayer Day.
Support in bereavement
Losing someone we love is one of the worst experiences we can go through in our lives. Melvyn, supported by members of the Gleneagles Church Care Team, will provide help, support and prayer when you need it most.
When you discuss personal matters with us, we will keep them confidential. As mentioned above, we may share some information, with your knowledge, within the team and possibly further afield, strictly on a need-to-know basis. The only time information would be shared outside the Prayer or Care Ministry Teams is:
• If a person was going to harm themselves or someone else.
• If a child has been physically or sexually abused or we have reason to believe they may be at risk.
• If a criminal offence has been, or is going to be, committed.
Who to contact for help or advice:
Rev Melvyn Pereira (Vicar) and Rev Ali Middleton (Pioneer Curate) are always available and happy to talk with you about anything that is concerning you. Melvyn: 01933 673437 email@example.com
Ali: 07891 608612 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Care Team are there to support you whenever you need help. To ask for help from the team please contact Carolyn Beck or June Pereira at:
Carolyn: 01933 443142 email@example.com
June: 01933 673437 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Wells leads our Prayer Ministry Team. Please contact Liz if you have any prayer needs: 01933 384454 email@example.com
Valerie Brown, our Safeguarding Officer, should be contacted if you are concerned about children or vulnerable adults. 01604 811616 firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our Care Team will be very happy to help you so please don’t hesitate to ask if you have a need of any sort. Care Team members are: Carolyn Beck, Valerie Brown, David Downey, Elizabeth Holbrook, Del Lewis, June Pereira, Phil Spriggs, Sue Suter, Liz Willis.