Developing Pastoral Ministry 2016
May 13, 2016Neighbouring Ministry Areas celebrated the ministry of seventeen graduates of the Lay Pastoral Visitors Course on Sunday 8th May in Llangattock Church.
“It is very exciting! It has taken a long time building it all up but the teams are now ready to launch.” - Sally ReesBishop John licensed sixteen new Lay Pastoral Visitors: two from the Talybont Ministry Area and fourteen from the Catwg Ministry Area. Simon Baldwin and Julie Pugh, from Talybont and Llangorse now join their local pastoral team. Canon Ian Rees, the Bishop’s Officer for Discipleship and Calling, said: “It is wonderful to see how many people have taken up the challenge of ministry and how good it would be to see others doing it across the diocese. “It makes a huge difference to Ministry Areas to have a variety of people involved in a range of Ministries.” DEVELOPING MINISTRY TO OLDER PEOPLE In the Catwg Ministry Area the Revd. Sally Rees is now ready to launch two new Pastoral Teams in addition to the existing one in Crickhowell. They are based in Gilwern and Llangattock. The teams are set up to minister to older people in both the churches and the local care homes. The Catwg Ministry Area Team, with the addition of the newly licensed members, now numbers over thirty! Sally has been developing a local ministry to older people. She has led several courses to equip the lay leaders and will continue to support them by offering training and an annual retreat. She describes the pastoral ministry as one for people with a heart to serve. It is more than simply visiting – the Team offer spiritual care through friendship, prayer and service. In the Catwg Ministry Area the new Team members are: (Gilwern) Mary Hulme, Rosemary Murphy, Rene Powell, Lynn Treloar, and Martin Hayward. (Llangattock) Ralph Thomas, Kate Thomas, Bernard Illman, and Marian O’Leary (Crickhowell) Mairwen Large, Anthony Silwood, Christine Stephens, Frances Whitfield, and Valerie Deheane –Gold