St Stephen’s seeks to provide Christian love and encouragement which enables and nurtures growth in faith and relationship with God. We aim to provide this in a secure and welcoming environment. We also seek to support people, both spiritually and practically, as part of the local wider community.
Pastoral Care at St. Stephen’s begins with Life Groups. Life groups provide an environment for sharing and support, where people can grow in their faith. In addition to life groups we offer courses throughout the year for a few of life’s more specific challenges. In particular we facilitate a ‘living with grief’ bereavement journey course and a ‘dealing with depression’ course.
Extended Pastoral Care
In addition to life groups, the church has a pastoral care team. They are available to come alongside those who need additional support or encouragement. The pastoral team are not counsellors, but are experienced in listening, providing care and praying for needs.
The pastoral care team is accessed either by talking to your Life Group leaders, one of the clergy or by contacting the church office.
External Professional Counselling
St. Stephen’s has been fortunate to get to know counsellors and psychotherapists in the local area who work with Christians. Some of those counsellors can be found here>> All counsellors to whom we refer will be accredited by their professional counselling institutions. We are also aware of counsellors that maintain a speciality (e.g. family therapy, sexual addiction) and can get you in touch. Please contact the church office should you want to inquire further.
External Pastoral and Counselling Organisations
We also maintain a list of various organisations including pastoral retreats and counselling organisations that may be a help and support.