Lay Pastors

Lay Pastors are primarily good listeners who aim to take the love of Christ into every situation. In our community there are many difficult situations where we can make a positive difference in someone’s life – this is the love of Christ in us flowing out into the lives of others.

Jesus said: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

Lay Pastors were established in St Barnabas in 1982 and further training courses were held in early 2005 and in 2009.

Pastoral Care Training

Training courses for Lay Pastors cover a three month period, are very comprehensive and cover a number of key issues:

  • Honing Listening Skills
  • Visiting the Sick
  • Visiting the Bereaved
  • Hospital Visits
  • Making appointments/phone calls etc.


Each Lay Pastor is licensed by the Diocese and carries a CRB certificate.

Courses run whenever there is a need for more Lay Pastors and where those nominated for training will have already shown in their day to day lives that they have a caring nature and a desire to reach out to people with the love of Christ

Other duties include:

  • Visiting Baptism families
  • Holy Communion to the housebound
  • Keeping in Touch with church members not in home groups
  • Keeping in Touch with people in the community
  • Prayer ministry where appropriate


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