Pastoral Care Group

St. George’s Church, Cullercoats

Pastoral Care Group Report to APM - April, 2021

In addition to the clergy and myself, there are four other members of the above group (Brenda Mennear, Eleanor Cooke, June Gibbon and Shaun Mitchell) and under normal circumstances we meet bi-monthly, usually after coffee following the Thursday Eucharist, to review the people receiving our support and to add others to our list.  Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, things have changed, but, by the time of the APM, we will, for the first time, have met by Zoom.

The pastoral meetings, residential care home and Eucharistic visits may have gone during the pandemic, but the work of the group has continued, as we have prayed for people and kept in touch with them by telephone, text and email.  

Thanks must go to Maggi Creese for compiling the newsletter and I, for one, send out over forty copies by email, as do Father Adrian, Brian McNally, Louise Reid and Gordon and Sheila Wightman, whilst. Father Adrian, David and Maggi Creese, Sarah Gregg, Heather Wright and Martin Hood deliver hard copies.  

In addition, a What’s App group has been established and the church is now on Face-book, with church services being broadcast from the 8.00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist on You Tube (as well as on Face-book).  This means that the Eucharist is accessible to anyone without having to download software.  Thanks must go to Helen Hughes and Paul Corrigan for facilitating the recording of the liturgy. 

The church has also introduced a “track and trace” system, which provides us with a snapshot of those present at services and those shielding.  Numbers of people staying away has increased since the last lock-down, which began after Christmas, but it is pleasing to note that some new people have joined us. 

Because of the pandemic, St. George’s Hospital Wheelers have not been needed at North Tyneside General Hospital.  However, my appeal for people to do crafting for the hospitals of the Northumbria Healthcare Trust has borne much fruit, as was illustrated in my article which was recently sent round with the newsletter.

On top of all this, there is a lot of unseen work going on, of which I heard a fine example the other day.

To all who have helped, and are helping, to keep the church family together, during these difficult days, I send my grateful thanks and love and prayers.

Finally, I am sorry to say that we have lost several members of the church family since my last report and with the Chairman’s permission I would like us to stand for a minute’s silence to remember them.

Margaret Patterson (Reader) – 05.03.21.