The Methodist tradition of friendly contact and support provided by our pastoral system has always been valued by Trinity members. We have a system that runs with a combination of paid staff and visitors, and our aim is to give prayer and practical support and care to our congregation.
We have a Pastoral Team, which consists of two part-time Pastoral Workers, Allison Jackson and Shirley Turner. They are supported by a team of about 40 Pastoral Visitors, who each look after a group of people.The contribution of Pastoral Visitors is especially valuable in a Church where members are drawn from a wide area. With constant movement of members and changing circumstances, this support network is vital. Pastoral visiting can be done in many different ways, but it offers friendship, prayer, encouragement in faith, and support in times of need. The needs and circumstances of our congregation change, and we try to give appropriate care. This includes home as well as hospital and residential care visits.
When people move away or are no longer in contact, we invite them to become a Friend of Trinity. This allows Trinity to keep in touch, providing news and information, which enables them to maintain links with the Church.
The Church offers pastoral support to its own members, but also offers specialist support (e.g. for bereavement). If you would like to speak to someone about baptisms, marriages or funerals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Facing Death and Bereavement.
We have all been faced with the deaths of family members, friends or colleagues, especially over the last year. It is important that we can all talk about death, dying and bereavement, and in the past the Pastoral Team have held Grave Talk sessions where we were able to discuss our experiences and feelings. We are unable to do this at the moment, but offer these online resources to read or keep. They might give some openings for difficult conversations with your loved ones.
Dying Matters offers information booklets to anyone on a range of issues including:
Talking about death with people affected by dementia Print version here
as well as online information on dealing with sudden or violent death. Hopefully these leaflets will help you to find out more about managing death, dying and grief both personally and with your families, and they will help you with those difficult end-of-life conversations.
There is a Dying Matters Facebook group if you want to join in online chat.
The website also offers themes to explore what it means to be in a good place, and how you and your loved ones can plan for end of life. Topics include:
Physically - place of death, Advance Care Planning
Emotionally - talking about death, making sure loved ones are cared for
Financially - making a will, making funeral plans
Spiritually - how different faith groups talk about and prepare for death
Digitally - looking at digital assets, social media, online banking
There is also a Government website called What to do when Someone Dies, which offers a step-by step guide on what to do if someone dies.
Whilst we offer links to practical and secular leaflets, we do believe in Christ’s abiding love, which transcends life and death. We know that He died for us, and that we will have ever-lasting life. This gives us our personal relationship with Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
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