Pastoral Care

The Sanctuary

Am I Alone?

No-one gets through life without times of emotional stress , but for an increasing proportion of folk this is experienced as something more severe and devastating. The increase of anxiety attacks and depression within our society is well documented but for those going through these episodes it is exacerbated by huge loneliness, often guilt and that sense of utter hopelessness. For Christians there is the added feeling that God has rejected and abandoned them.

Following a training session by the diocese identifying and sharing the concern for those suffering in this way four of us have met together to look at how we can help. We do share a belief that we have a God who really cares for each one of us…..does not have favourites …. but in this ‘black’ tunnel this feels far from true.

Our previous vicar Adrian won our increased respect and gratitude by his honesty and transparency in sharing his own struggle with depression and dependency on medication to lift him from its effect, and this from someone who worked tirelessly and excelled in his role.

In response to the increasing awareness of the emotional needs in our community we are planning to hold a weekly group called ‘The Sanctuary’ for anyone who feels they would benefit from meeting together in a mutually supportive way ….not as professional counsellors and clients…but as friends.

We plan to meet (during term times only) once a week from 10.30 – 12.30 starting on Friday 2nd February in the room above the Hive to share tea and refreshments, and encourage folk to join us, and we invite you to come whether you are suffering at this time, or someone who has been there and can offer real understanding and hope to others.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” 2 Corinthians 1 vs. 3 & 4.

Barbara Howell   Gill Richmond    Jakki Chew    Kay Trowell