Pastoral Care

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Pastoral Care

Church as a base camp should be a place of safety, trust and healing for all those who find refuge here. Most of our pastoral care happens informally through supportive relationships within the church and in our small groups. But we do have a pastoral care team made up of a small number of men and women who provide a listening ear, guidance and prayer to those in need.

One of the team has responsibility for overseeing our care for the vulnerable, by which we mean those who may for a variety of reasons be less able to help themselves and who might be at risk of exploitation or harm.

Asylum seekers and refugees
A particular priority of ours is to offer welcome and friendship to asylum seekers and refugees, of which we have a number in our church. We support Solihull Welcome, a drop-in for asylum seekers and refugees that is situated close to the Border Agency’s reporting centre for the West Midlands in Solihull town centre. We are also connected to Restore and  Entraide, two local charities. In May 2015, we signed up to the Birmingham Declaration, a statement expressing concern for the plight of asylum seekers and refugees across the country. The Declaration emerged from the Sanctuary Summit held in Birmingham in November 2014.

Domestic Abuse
We have also produced a document that gives guidance to anyone suffering from (or anyone supporting those who are suffering from) domestic abuse. Historically, the church has often been silent on this issue and we wish to address this, believing that no-one should be expected to endure an abusive relationship. The document outlines what patterns of relating are abusive; provides a Biblical justification for challenging such behaviour; and gives details of organisations and further resources that might help. You can access the document here.