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Pastoral Assistants Course

Saturday 11 February 2023, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm


What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century?

Pastoral Assistants are people committed to the care and development of the pastoral ministry of the church. This 14  session course run over 10 workshops covers a breadth of subjects aiming to equip people to be able to work with all  manner of pastoral situations – from baptism preparation to bereavement visiting. Pastoral assistants have a heart for others, reflecting the care that God has for us to other people; sharing their joys and sorrows. Pastoral Assistants need to be able to relate with sensitivity to people at various stages in life, those with varying degrees of Christian commitment  and with those who are searching.

Once trained, Pastoral Assistants are commissioned and minister in their local benefice. The role is specific to each  context, formed to meet local needs which might include being part of a pastoral visiting team, offering communion at  home, bereavement support, baptism preparation and more.

Led by Pauline Godfrey, Head of Vocations and Discipleship



Commencing 11 February 2023
Course Dates:
Saturday 11 February, Thursdays – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
March, 20, 27 April and 8 May, Saturday 20 May 2023.
(Saturdays 9:30am – 4pm, Thursdays 1pm – 4pm)  A packed lunch will be required for the Saturday courses.

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Hackett Lane, Thornbury.

To book your place please click here.


Saturday 11 February 2023
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Pauline Godfrey


St Paul’s Church
Hackett lane
Thornbury, BS35 3TZ
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01454 281900
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