Pastoral care ministry
Hello, my name is Revd David Middleton and I am Pastor of this church. Do you have an interest in, or experience of life impacting health and wellbeing issues and concerns? Whatever those life long, long term or life changing hurts or issues may be: whether they be disability; comprehension difficulties; bereavement and loss; mental health challenges; dementias; age infirmity; or any other condition... you would be very welcome at our church.
As Pastor, I am looking for God to lead us into new ways of supporting and helping people with all sorts of pastoral care and health and wellbeing needs; all done in the name of Jesus Christ. Could this include you?
I place a high priority and belief in pastoral care in a church's ministry. I believe that this area of ministry can be used in mission and outreach as an expression of our Christian faith in a caring and compassionate God. I believe we are qualified to provide such pastoral care: I was originally ordained as a Special Needs Pastor in the Baptist church. My background is in caring and compassionate ministry. Once out of Bible College, myself and my wife Kathie joined the international evangelical special needs ministry, 'H*V Ministries International', as their UK Coordinator. Later on I served for sixteen years as an NHS Learning Disability and Mental Health Chaplain, which included responsibility for those with late stage dementia and older adults with mental health needs. At the same time I was Pastor for seventeen years of a multi-denominational church for adults with learning disabilites and comprehension difficulties and their carers and friends. During this time the church eventually became a Bishop's Mission Order as an Anglican / Baptist / Free Church worship community. I was also director of an evangelical care ministry, the UK based Charity called 'Compassionate Response'.
At present, I am the Honorary Chaplain to the Newport Cottage Care Centre and regularly (when not in covid lockdown) help lead services in care homes for the elderly infirm in the area as part of the Churches Together in Newport ministry teams. We also support and work with the NHS Public Health Nursing Service health clinics that are run from our buildings (see partnerships). We also support our local foodbank.
This pastoral care focus sits well alongside our other church ministries (see regular activities above).
Our buildings and disability access
Our buildings are especially suitable for people with mobility issues and who are wheelchair users. We have immediate access from our car park into the worship area without need of any step or ramp. Internally we have a well equiped disability toilet facility. There are no steps at all anywhere in our building, everything is on the same level.
Please see the photos below of these facilities...
We have occasional church services for adults with learning disabilities which we run in partnership with another local church.