Pastoral Care

Church Life

You will expect people to look out for you if you come to a church. As a church community, we want to express God's grace to us in practical, active and relevant ways.

Our pastoral team seeks to mobilise people throughout the congregation to do that for each other. We want to encourage people to join Life Groups, midweek groups for encouraging each other in faith, growing in friendship and caring for each other

For those in a Life Group, this is the best place for ongoing pastoral care.

For those not in a Life Group, some of the ways in which we seek to show care are below:

Our church community is made up of people from all walks of life and from many varied backgrounds and our hope is that everyone feels welcome.

If you are new to our community, we would love to invite you to a Welcome Lunch where you can get to know others including the church leadership. These lunches are regularly organised by our Welcome Team.

We would also encourage you to pick up a Welcome Pack, and we'd love to chat with you about how we can help you feel connected.

We have a team of people who look out for the needs of our older members, offering care in many ways including home communion, visiting, driving to church and midweek appointments.

A freshly cooked meal, delivered at a time of need, can be a real blessing and an expression of God’s love.

A number of people in the congregation regularly prepare meals for others who may be struggling both in our local church community and wider afield.

See the linked flyer if you know someone needing a meal, or if you'd like to make a meal - we have some helpful guidelines as well as some meal containers you can use. If you would like to receive a meal, have a chat with your Life Group leader or one of our pastors.

There are several people in our congregation who offer their time, abilities and energy to help with various property maintenance and gardening matters. They look after the church building and the manse, but this is also an outreach ministry to serve others by doing jobs that, for various reasons, are difficult or challenging.

Each request for help is treated on its own merit and all those who come to help in homes are police-checked and insured.

To request support from the Home Help team or to offer yourself to help others, please e-mail the Church Office.

Our church has an arrangement with a local bakery where we collect left-over bread on a regular basis and deliver it to various missions in the city. Any bread that is left over or not wanted by these missions is distributed to those in need within our own congregation.

To help out, or to be considered as a recipient for any left-over bread, please e-mail the Church Office.

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Serving Together

If you’re just in the spot where God wants you, and doing what God has gifted you to do, it’s a good place to be.

We call it your spiritual gifting, or finding your ministry. Usually you’ll find it invigorating. Often it’s fun, certainly fulfilling, and definitely a blessing to others.

God made us for fruitfulness, and that’s that. The car park attendant who greets you cheerfully has found it. The member of a midweek small group who has joined others serving in the soup kitchen has made just the same discovery. You can expect a church in which we seek to be inspired by the Spirit to be bubbling up all the time with people doing things that somehow add up to a healthy functioning body that’s a great place to be, but is always pushing out beyond itself.

Each year we invite our members to consider in which areas they are gifted and able to serve. Rather than seeing this as a list of jobs waiting for people to do them, instead ask God “In what area of ministry and service do you want me to be fruitful?” We suggest that each person should discuss this with someone who knows you well, to seek their discernment as to your gifts for ministry. This may lead you to some exciting new adventure with God, and you’ll see why he’s put you in this church.

The latest ‘Together we can make a difference’ (known as 'TWCMAD', pronounced 'twookmad') response forms are linked with a separate children's form also available. Thank you for your willingness to serve in this way.

For some areas of ministry you may be asked to complete a Police Check, and a fillable PDF is linked for this purpose.

Note: SurveyHero.com is supporting us with the free use of their [online survey software](https://www.surveyhero.com/).

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Giving

Update (April 2020) - In this period of change brought about by COVID-19, the Church Council has written to the congregation re. church finances, generosity and the opportunities of our current situation. You can read this letter [here](https://www.corouniting.org/d/jR8u8g9E7lsqdUWy90NKQgQ0t).

If you'd like to know how to give either by EFT from your bank account, or [online with your credit/debit card](https://www.corouniting.org/give), see the tabs at the bottom of this page.

For many of us, talking about our finances is a no-go area, yet as Christians we are called to be wise stewards of all that we have been given and that includes money. The money that is given to the church is used in many ways:

- to support those who have been called to minister to the congregation as their vocation,

- to contribute to property upkeep costs,

- to give away - we give away a significant portion to support many different projects and individuals that operate outside of our own congregation.

One of the privileges of belonging to a church community is the opportunity to share in what Paul calls this “grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:3-7). It’s a great way to feel connected with the practical work of the church and we believe that as we honour God in this key area of our lives, our own needs are met in sometimes quite miraculous ways.

Refer to the attached Giving FAQ for further information. You can also contact our [Treasurer](mailto:treasurer@corouniting.org?subject=Website%20enquiry%20re.%20Giving) with any specific questions.

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