Pastoral Care can be described as:
Pastoral Care is not counselling. If you have a need for counselling or professional help then we would urge you to get in touch with people who are equipped to help you.
The responsibility for the pastoral care of the Church family in our five villages rests with our Rector, Richard Coleman. To assist him in this work we have appointed two Pastoral Care Coordinators, Anne Farnsworth and Sylvia Cutts. They can be contacted on 0115 983 0007 and 0115 981 5814 respectively.
The Pastoral Care Team at each church comprises the Rector, Churchwardens, and Pastoral Care Coordinators. Our Pastoral Care Teams undergo appropriate safeguarding checks in line with the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook including a Disclosure and Barring Service check as appropriate. At Gotham, we have other trusted individuals who are part of the Pastoral Care Team; they are established members of the church and are appointed by invitation only.
Pastoral care at the 453 Churches operates within an explicit policy of corporate confidentiality. Where appropriate, confidential information is shared between those with pastoral care responsibilities. This protects against the possibility of manipulation or exploitation and ensures everyone receives appropriate care.
The Gotham Pastoral Care Team meets monthly to review and pray for those in need within the church family. If any member of the 453 Churches is in need of pastoral care, they should contact Richard or one of the Pastoral Care Coordinators.
In fulfilling their duty of care, the clergy at the 453 Churches welcome the Church of England’s Clergy Professional Conduct Guidelines (436 kb).