Community is a key part of who we are. There are many ways to belong, and a mid-week group is a valuable way to be in Community at Jubilee.
As a church we believe that pastoral care is the responsibility of all our church family. Pastoral care is seen in different ways including through our community groups, discipleship groups, prayer teams and specific ministry groups. Each of us are called to take responsibility for our personal relationship with Christ (Galatians 6:5, 2 Corinthinas 5:10) as well as looking out for the interests of others (Philippians 2 : 3). Our journey is enriched by being strengthened by reading and acting on God’s word and being impacted by the work of the Holy Spirit. Having regular opportunities to be spiritually enriched in these ways helps us grow in our faith and unity.
We have a ministry team that is regularly asked to pray with people during worship on Sundays. Each person on the team has received guidelines for their role and members are invited to serve in this area of ministry. If you ask for prayer on a Sunday you are not expected to give details of your prayer request. After the Sunday meeting, there is usually the opportunity to talk in more detail if you wish.
All of us face challenges in our lives and Jubilee church members may, at times, want to access support from our Prayer team who can spend time praying with you and offer spiritual encouragement. Members of this team are not counsellors but operate under guidance from and are accountable to the elders. If you feel that this is something you believe would help you then please speak to your community group leader or one of the elders.
There is also a small team available to support members with specific concerns if needed. This team have had additional training and experience in supporting individuals and couples in their spiritual journey. These individuals are not counsellors but have recognised gifting in pastoral care. Community group leaders would be able speak to members about their needs and suggest what support might be the most useful. At times this may mean signposting you to a support provider or agency outside of the church.
Our future hope is to be able to develop training programmes that equip us in our mission serving Christ. Pastoral care is central to all we do both inside and outside the church. It is an intrinsic part of us that reflects the nature of Christ and motivates us to imitate him to reflect that "the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations" Revelation 22:2. We are all called to be part of God’s plan.