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Pastoral Care

Bath Abbey is a city centre church with congregations from all over the city and beyond. We aim to do our best to offer helpful and appropriate pastoral care to all our congregations, staff, and visitors. Obviously the best place to offer pastoral care is through our existing friendship groups, but sometimes it’s helpful to know what else might be available. This page summarises what we offer.

Contact Groups

These are the primary means for letting someone know that help is needed. Do be in touch with your Coordinator when necessary.  If you do not know who your Contact Group Coordinator is please contact Dawn Farmer at the Abbey Office.

Homegroups

These are places of mutual care and support; this is expressed by prayer, spiritual encouragement and practical help. Please contact the Abbey Office if you would like to join a homegroup.

Hospital visits

If you go into hospital, please let the Abbey Office know so that we can be in touch with the Hospital Chaplain on your behalf. We may also be able to organise a visit from a member of the congregation or clergy team.

Homelink

If you become housebound there is a team of lay people who can visit, and another team who can bring you communion. To make a request for a visit please contact the Abbey Office.

Chaplains

Our experienced Chaplains are around in the Abbey on weekday afternoons through the summer season, more infrequently during winter opening hours. They are available to talk and listen when in the Abbey.

Long-term counselling or spiritual direction

These instances will usually be referred to appropriate specialists. The clergy are often able to help members of the congregation find suitable resources.

The clergy team

We are always happy to see people on pastoral matters. Please phone the Abbey Office to arrange a time.

Part of the role of pastoral care in any church is to see how best to live out Jesus’ commandment in our life together. The apostle Paul spent some time in his epistles trying to help the young churches learn how to ‘love one another’. For example, in the letter to the Galatians: ‘Bear one another’s burdens’ . . . ‘Let us not grow weary in well-doing’ . . . ‘So then whenever we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all’.

The precept of doing good to one another, caring for one another, is to be found throughout the pages of Scripture, both explicitly and implicitly. Jesus says that the nature and quality of our relationships will be one way in which people will know we belong to him. It is a calling to each of us to care for others. It is not just the prerogative of specialists; it is for everyone: all are called to it, all are chosen to participate.

As we grow together in this mutual caring, we are living out the kingdom of God where all can find their place and know God’s love expressed in our worship, prayer, and life together. In this way of living together we find where earth and heaven meet.