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. If you are already in a Life Group we would encourage you to start there for support.
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 or who may not be able to receive this from a Life Group. The pastoral team are not counsellors, but are experienced in listening, providing care and praying with people. Please email us here for further details firstname.lastname@example.org. The pastoral team are currently supporting people over the phone or in some cases online.
Bereavement Journey Course
If you have suffered a bereavement, and would like some support then we would encourage you to try the Bereavement Journey Course online from HTB, please see here for further details HTB Bereavement Course. Working through the grief and loss of a loved one can take a long time and this course is for anyone who has been bereaved, whether recently or in the past.
External Professional Counselling
St. Stephen’s can recommend counsellors and psychotherapists in the local area who work with Christians. Any counsellors to whom we refer will be accredited by their professional counselling institutions. See the link below for more details. Unfortunately due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 it is unlikely that face to face meetings will be available.
If you need counselling support in a specialist area (e.g. family therapy, sexual addiction) please contact the church office via email.