Pastoral Assistant

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They are people who are trained to walk alongside others with a listening ear, especially in times of particular need.

They may specialise in:

  • Hospital visiting
  • Supporting relationships, marriage and family life
  • Support for children, young people and their parents
  • Support during bereavement
  • Support to those in later life and their carers
  • Support for those coping with physical or mental health issues

Pastoral Assistants are Christians with a certain amount of life experience and a mature faith. Pastoral Assistants have a flexible approach and are able to be sensitive to problems that are presented to them. They do so with the support of their Incumbents and PCC, to whom they are accountable, and they are able to work collaboratively as part of a team to serve those living in their parish.

Thank you to the Diocese of Guildford for this definition.