Together we share
When we feel alone and overwhelmed, or face challenges that need deep contemplation, we can be helped by a compassionate, caring presence and emotional support. New Unity’s Pastoral Care Team works closely with the minister to support the New Unity community in providing the gift of caring when it’s needed most.
From you I receive; to you I give
At New Unity, we care about each other. We go through hard times. We may struggle with relentless illness, grief, problems of housing or employment, coming out, parenting issues, childlessness or loneliness. Such challenging situations call for someone who can be trusted to listen, to keep confidence, to provide emotional support and to suggest other services, when appropriate. (Support is usually short to medium-term, to help through times of particular challenge, rather than long-term or ongoing.)
The team comprises New Unity members who have volunteered to receive pastoral care training and made a commitment to serve the congregation. They continue to participate in ongoing training, spiritual support and supervision with the minister. Their role is to be present, to listen and to care. They are committed to keep in confidence the names and personal information of the people they support.
We can only help when we know there’s a need. Please ask!
If you'd like to request some support, please click the button on the right, or contact Rev Andy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Testimonials from New Unity members who have been supported by the Pastoral Care Team
"Meeting with a member of the New Unity Pastoral Care Team (PCT) was exactly what I needed during a difficult time in my life. An empathetic listener, she didn't judge or give advice, and she didn't make assumptions. She created a safe space for me to share my sadness, shed some tears, and work through issues. I'm deeply grateful for her and for the New Unity Pastoral Care Team."
"When I broke my arm, I realized I would be cut off from my usual activities, and staying at home – mostly alone - for several weeks. I decided to try to organize a minimum of one hour’s human contact a day. The Pastoral Care Team was brilliant, providing human contact when I really needed it. The negative experience of injury became a positive opportunity for deepening acquaintance. I felt particularly cheered and supported by the caring support I got from New Unity."