Pastoral Care is part of the shepherding of the flock. (1 Peter 5.2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care…). It is all about supporting people through all the ups and downs of life.

Pastoral Care is the responsibility of all Church Members and not just the Church leaders. In the Church today we are challenged to move from a model of ministry in which Pastoral Care is the responsibility of ordained ministers to one in which Pastoral Care is the vocation of the whole people of God.

Read more: Continuing to Praise, Nurture and Serve

Think for a moment of a tiny seed, very small, very fragile, but inside it holds the hope of life, waiting to burst forth. As Christians, as followers of Jesus, we too can sometimes feel small or fragile, we too can feel vulnerable.

But we too, all of us, have the potential inside for a full, meaningful, even exciting life that can make a difference.

Read more: Nurturing Faith In Christ

Every now and again a book comes along which makes you stop and think (maybe for some it happens quite regularly). 

One book which has had this kind of effect on me recently is called ‘Red Letter Revolution’ by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne (2012, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Read more: Red Letter Christians

Next month the whole Anglican Team of churches are taking part in a Stewardship campaign. What does that mean? You may well ask. It’s not a word we use often is it?

Well, stewardship is all to do with how we use the resources God has given us. It starts with an understanding that all we are; ourselves, our gifts and talents and all we have; our time, our money and possessions all have their beginning in God himself. (Most Sundays we say in worship                    ‘Everything we have comes from you and of your own do we give you.’)

Read more: Responding to the Generosity of God