‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.’ 1 John 3:16

“I’ve got a problem…Is there anyone in the church who can help me?” If we are honest, we have all got problems, And most of us from time to time wish that there would be someone who could listen to us and perhaps help us in some way. The Bible tells us to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). In practical terms, this means that many in the church would like to listen to you and indicate where you might find help. What are some of the problems you may be facing?

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Lack of friends
  • Strife in the home or family
  • Spiritual difficulties
  • Shortage of finance
  • Health issues
  • Lack of work

If you are facing a problem, whether it is included in the list above or not, it is likely that you are not the only one to have faced that problem. There is a good chance that there is someone else in the church who has been where you are now and who found some way out of their difficulty. The primary structure within the church that helps people in these sort of “pastoral” matters is that of the House Groups. If you are not a member of a House Group yet, we would strongly encourage you to join one: please contact Tricia Lee (housegroups@mytonchurch.org.uk) who will be happy to assist you to join the group that would be most suitable for you. In addition, we have a Pastoral Support Team. The team is made up of members of the church who have experience in various areas and who are united in a desire to help others respond to their circumstances and grow in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus. The team members are not all experts, and will quite possibly not be able to help you in your particular area of need. But they will undertake to do three things:

  • To listen to you.
  • To pray for you (and to pray with you if you would like that).
  • To point you, where possible, in the direction of some individual or agency  who may be able to provide you with the help that you need.

The members of the Pastoral Support Team at present are: Sally Larke, John Frankel, Rosemary Frankel, Jenny Holmes, Georgina Lee, Jane Franks, Margaret Millard, Tricia Lee and Hugh Bradby. If you wish to contact the team, you may do so by sending an e-mail to Hugh Bradby or else by contacting the Church Office. Some resources on specific pastoral topics have been identified but information on other areas are available from the Pastoral Support Team.