Pastoral Care is a person-centred, holistic approach to care that complements the care offered by other helping disciples while paying particular attention to spiritual care. The focus of pastoral care is upon the healing, guiding, supporting, reconciling, nurturing, liberating, and empowering of people in whatever situation they find themselves. We do this through faithful teams involved in – Home visiting, Hospital visiting, Home Communion, Bereavement follow-up, Phone contact, Prayer chain.
If you would like to access Pastoral Care please contact the Office – 6628 0231.
Mothers’ Union is the largest Christian organisation in the world, with over 4 million members in 83 countries. MU Alstonville is committed to the Aims and Objectives that uphold the work of MU, being especially concerned with families and children. Our Baptism families receive a Bible or CD and hand-knitted teddy bear. Over the last 2 years, MU has coordinated, with support from Anglicare North Coast and our Bishop, to host community information sessions and workshops on Dementia for Family and Carers. They also support Activism Against Gender Violence, as well as clergy families in remote areas and education for Aboriginal women. Membership of MU is open to everyone.
Catering Group – This group comprises of 20 volunteers from a broad cross-section of parishioners. The group caters for general parish functions, birthday parties, funerals and some community functions.
St Bartholomew’s Choir sing at the 8.00 am services, Easter Sunday. They also perform Nine Lessons in Carols in December which brings together people from over the district and is followed by light refreshments. Many of the 12 members, have been or are involved with local community choirs. New pieces of music are continually added to their repertoire.
Floral Group – This group formed out of an interest and love of flowers. Their beautiful floral arrangements adorn our church for weekly services and special occasions. The group meets quarterly or as required to discuss upcoming events, and included many non-church members. The group also provides a service to wedding couples for their floral decorations in the church. Most flowers are sourced from the personal gardens of the group members and friends. Several themed displays have been presented on many occasions and in the past few years, the church has been open during the Alstonville Festival with an extensive floral display providing an added attraction.
Healing Ministry – As part of our Church’s mission, the Healing Ministry aims to bring healing to the church as the Body of Christ and to our society and God’s creation, thus sharing the love of God. The Healing Ministry service is held on the 3rd Sunday at 6.30pm. It is a quiet, reflective service with prayers, songs, Scripture, meditation, personal testimonies, seeking God to bring wholeness in body, mind and spirit and to build faith and relationships. There is also time for personal prayer for healing. A light supper follows the service. All who come are lovingly welcomed and encouraged to a deeper spirituality.
Missions supported are in line with the Parish Mission and Goal Statements, and include local and overseas organisations, such as CMS, Alstonville Religious Education Association, Heartfelt House, Anglicare, Lismore Soup Kitchen, Hope Haven, Lismore Mental Health and Anglicare Disaster Emergency Fund. An amount of $16,000 has been allocated in the 2017 Parish budget for Mission. In addition, other missions supported by by our parishioners individually include World Day of Prayer, Tear Fund, BCA, Indian Gospel League, Samaritans Purse, LINC, ABM.
For further information on any of these Ministries please contact the Office – 6628 0231.