We want everyone at BEC to feel known and cared for, and to be able to access support if they need it. We believe the best way of doing this is to be in community, and therefore pastoral care at BEC takes place primarily within our Life Groups. This means that everyone has the responsibility to care for one another.
In situations that are more serious we do have a Pastoral Care Co-ordination Team (PCCT), and with a person's permission issues can be referred to the team for confidential help and advice. The PCCT is made up of BEC members who have expertise and qualifications in this area. The Lead Pastor has oversight and is kept informed where necessary of ongoing issues.
In our church family, most of the day to day pastoral care goes on within our Life Groups as we seek to follow Jesus’ command to ‘Love one another’. However, please read further to learn about the additional services the PCCT offer are
The Listening Service:
The Listening Service was developed to provide support for BEC members, and other members of Life Groups to receive confidential telephone or online assistance during the pandemic.
If you think you could benefit from a 30 minute appointment, you can access the service directly by contacting the PCCT through the 'email@example.com' or by going through your Life Group leader, who will make the request on your behalf.
BEC Benevolent Fund: In response to the financial difficulties some of our BEC members or their close family have been experiencing, due to the COVID pandemic, on behalf of the BEC Trustees the PCCT set up a COVID Benevolent Fund. If you or a family member need some financial support, you can request an application form via 'firstname.lastname@example.org', or speak to your Life Group leader, who will make a confidential recommendation for you.
Rugby Foodbank Vouchers: If your circumstances have changed and you, or someone you know need to use the Food Bank service, and would like the PCCT to issue you with vouchers, please get in touch with the team, confidentially by emailing 'email@example.com'