Pastoral Care in a Mission Context

Thursday September 3rd 2009

Course tutor is Sister Valerie Thom.Connor Diocese is running another series of seminars introducing pastoral visiting.

The course, Pastoral Care in a Mission context – An introduction to Pastoral Visiting – will commence on September 30, running from 7.30pm – 9.30pm each evening, continuing on October 7, 14, 21 and 28. The venue is Holy Trinity Parish Halls, Ballysillan, Belfast.

Sessions will include:
 What is pastoral care? What about the mission context?
 Pastoral care and the mission of the Church. Small groups and pastoral care.
 Pastoral care in the context of mission, sickness, healing and salvation.
 Qualities and skills. Listening and referring, avoiding dependency, caring for the team and the limits of pastoral care.
 Loss, death and bereavement.

The sessions will include a mixture of teaching, group discussion and activities, and will be very relaxed and good fun.

Course tutor will be Sister Valerie Thom, Community Evangelist for Upper Shankill.

To register, please fill in the form which can be downloaded here and email to Peter Hamill ( or detach the registration form overleaf and send to: Peter Hamill, Diocesan Training Co-ordinator, Church of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2QH. Phone 9185 7827.

Previous participants have said about the course:

‘This has been a wonderful opportunity to share experiences from other people’

‘I have really loved the opportunity to meet people from other parishes and find out what they do there.’

‘The course has been run in a lovely informal way and the teaching has been gentle yet fascinating.’

‘I can’t wait to use these skills in my parish.’

‘I came on the course having not been to any type of training for many years and it has been wonderful how I have learnt new skills and made new friends’

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