Why We Care
Caring is 'normal' for believers who mimic Christ's example. Scripture teaches that not only should love characterise Christians (1 Jn 4:11-12) but God has commanded us to love one another (Jn 15:12, 1 Jn 3:23).
People matter and as believers, we are encouraged to look out for one another and help each other (Hebrews 10:24, 1 Thess 5:11,14). Our caring should include practical expression (1 Jn 3:17-18).
To be a healthy family, we channel the love we have received from God into the lives of those around us who are hurting. We will all be in that position sometime!
How We Care
At ashgrove, we have a broad network of care, but our two primary sources are the individual and the small group.
Person to Person
We believe pastoral care is every ashgrove family member's privilege and responsibility. We expect that as people talk with each other and become aware of needs, they will respond compassionately, prayerfully and practically.
The Life Group has a key role and is the source of 'best' care. Within a small group, a sense of community develops as people get to know each other, share their needs and struggles, study and pray. Opportunities open for individuals to respond lovingly to each other.
Pastoral Carers support those not in groups or whose needs are ongoing. This includes the aged, isolated, new mums, single parents and the chronically ill.
Lorraine Pfeffer (Team Leader - Care) is a trained counsellor/relationship educator. Help is available by appointment in the following areas:-
- Personal & relationship counselling
- Pre-marriage Education
One of the practical expressions of care at ashgrove is the Emergency Meals Ministry.
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