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Family Carers This ministry is very special. We have matched those whose families have grown up and left home with those who are still in the thick of it. This past year has been one with less innovation and with a few members of the Pastoral Care team experiencing ill health and bereavement. However the faithful team continues to visit and have contact with their ‘regulars’ who are generally older and/or unwell. There are individuals and families who have had significant and acute needs throughout the year. The Carers/ Young Families interaction has been very helpful and supportive for some families in particular, though we are aware that some families feel less supported than others. The main focus of support is on prayer needs – for both the family and the carer. We hope that in the coming year we will find more suitable older folk who will take on the role of carers for our increasing number of young families. Similarly, as those in the team experience their own needs we are looking to grow our team in the coming year. The purpose is very simple— to pray and to care for the family. It also gets the generations mixing and encourages our belief that it takes a village to raise a child. If you want to be part of this very effective ministry, talk to Lyn Stanley or contact the office There are aspects of Pastoral Care where there is a need for larger groups of volunteers … “Many hands…” currently the particular areas are to cook meals for those in need, and to provide transport for the few individuals who need it. Obviously the more in the team the less often people are called on. Please call the church office if either of these areas are where you could be involved. We are blessed to have a church family that looks out for each other. Lyn Stanley Our relaxed and informal breakfasts have continued this year each month with some memorable, inspiring and encouraging talks from our men. Aside from the chance of a hearty blokes breakfast, these mornings remain a chance to talk with and get to know each other in more depth than the usual Sunday morning coffee conversation and get to know how God has impacted our lives and what he is doing in them now. Speakers are selected from our own church, Boys and Men of all ages attend and numbers vary from 15-40. Many thanks for those who pick up the tongs and “chef-up” as the lack of a formal structure in cooking the breakfast is part of its charm. Mike Carter 12

Our Life Groups General life groups Wednesday morning Communion Service Soul Purpose - for women Holmes’ Life Group Cochran’s Life Group Hudson’s Life Group Mum’s Life Group One of the heart cries of our culture is to find a real community that we can be part of, because we all know that life is better together. Paine’s Life group Ministry groups Missions Prayer group—BMF We have a variety of different groups of people who are doing life or ministry together. Whatever your interest or stage of life, you are likely to find something that will enable you to enjoy great times with others, establish relationships and grow in your understanding of Christianity. Worship Team Sunday Evening prayer group Global Missions Team Children's Ministry Flipt Youth Group Men’s Breakfast Pastoral Care You will be able to choose from general life groups , ministry groups or special interest groups. Whatever your interest, we are confident that there is a group for you to “plug in to.” If we don't have a group that interests you, maybe you could start one! All of our Life Groups meet on a recurring basis and are led by experienced and trusted leaders. Times may vary so you may be best served by checking out the newsletter or calling the church for specifics about the group you are interested in. Matt and Brian Community ministry groups Mainly Music ESOL– using the bible ICONZ Adventure Badminton “If the depths of relationships and our commitment to one another are so important to God, then small groups must also be important as it is only in small groups that close relationships can develop.” 13

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