Caring for you at Gleneagles Church
Our mission statement at Gleneagles Church is:
“Here to serve Jesus, each other and the community”
One of the ways we do this is through the care we give to each other, both in everyday life and in times of crisis.
Jesus said “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
At Gleneagles Church our goal is to help people to live life in all its fullness as God intended. Much of the care which we give to each other takes place informally, however we all have times in our lives when we would like extra support or need to discuss something in confidence.
Read on to see how Gleneagles Church can offer you:
Practical help A listening ear / Support through difficult times
Friendship Prayer Support if you are bereaved
People who can help you are listed below.
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 Sue Suter or Elizabeth Holbrook who will find someone to help you.
A listening ear / Support through difficult times
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 Sue Suter 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. If you’re going through difficult times for any reason please ask for help. We will be only too pleased to do whatever we can.
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:
Home Groups: 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, including groups for teens and young adults. Please speak to 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.
Friendship Group: Meets regularly at Gleneagles Social Club for fun and friendship. Contact Fiona Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Details of all that is going on can be found in the Church notices and on this website
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-Cheesman (who leads the Prayer Ministry team) 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 is comprised of church members who have agreed to pray for particular needs. If you have a prayer request, please contact Jackie Brooks-Cheesman 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.
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
Gleneagles Church Safeguarding Officer, Valerie Brown, is available to discuss any concerns about the protection of children or vulnerable adults.
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 Sue Suter or Elizabeth Holbrook.
Sue: 07713 276205 email@example.com
Elizabeth: 07904 260837 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Brooks-Cheesman leads our Prayer Ministry Team. Please contact Jackie if you have any prayer needs.
01933 387043 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 Amanda Allen, Carolyn Beck, Valerie Brown, Fiona Clarke, David Downey, Elizabeth Holbrook, Del Lewis, Sharron Moule, John Mulhall and Sue Suter