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.
At the start of the lockdown in March 2020, a number of BEC members who had received training in listening or counselling skills were appointed as ‘Listeners’ to provide a Listening Service.
The Listening Service is to provide support for BEC members, and/or members of Life groups or anyone engaging with BEC online regularly to receive confidential telephone or online support during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This service is still available and can be accessed either through self-referral via the email@example.com email address or by contacting your Life group leader.
The appointments offered are for 30 minutes, where you will find someone to listen, and to give encouragement. You will also be asked if you would like a referral to the BEC Prayer Ministry ot Pastoral Care Coordination (PCCT) teams for further support.