pastoral careThe parish has a population in excess of 15,000 and St. Andrew's - as the parish church - has a pastoral responsibility towards everyone who lives within the parish boundaries.

There was a time - in the long-distant past - when it was expected that the Vicar should do all the visiting! In those simpler days, each parish had their own Vicar and there were far less demands on the time of the priest of the parish. Now, however, the ministry is far more complex than ever before (leading worship, training leaders, fundraising, chairing meetings, funerals, baptisms, weddings, school liaison, management tasks, administration, community liaison and so much more...). It is not possible in this day and age for the Vicar to take sole responsibility for pastoral care...

...nor is it desirable! The church is a community, a family: it is not one person in a dog-collar! Therefore, "a visit from St. Andrew's" is as valid from a lay person as a member of the clergy. When we offer pastoral care, we are a family showing concern - and so it is right and proper for the whole family to play a part in this ministry.

Pastoral Care Team

St. Andrew's has a Pastoral Care Team that meets regularly. This team has a round of people that they visit. The team reports back (where appropriate - taking care not to breach any confidential conversations) and prayers are said for those who have been visited. If you are interested in being a Pastoral Visitor - or you would like a visit from a member of the Pastoral Care Team - please contact Rev Olive Cope on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home Communion

Some of the St. Andrew's family have been licensed by the Bishop to bring Holy Communion to the sick and the housebound. It is a beautiful thing to receive Communion at home and we always feel privileged to offer this ministry. If you would like to receive Communion at home, please contact Rev Olive Cope on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Counselling and Listening

There are many people in Enfield who are lonely or anxious and we always seek to provide comfort, counsel and a listening ear whenever we can. If we consider that an issue needs more professional help, we would be happy to help with the process of referral. If you would like to meet with someone for Counselling, or would like to have a conversation with someone about this, please contact Rev Dr Steve on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rev Olive Cope on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will either visit you themselves or pass your details on to an appropriate visitor.

Prayer

As a church, we believe that one of the greatest pastoral gifts we can offer is Prayer. We believe in a God who truly makes a difference in the world and in our lives; bringing healing and reconciliation. If you would like to be prayed for - or would like someone to pray with you - then please contact Rev Dr Steve on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rev Olive Cope on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will make contact with you.

Deliverance Ministry

There are rare occasions when individuals need - or think they may need - deliverance ministry, either for themselves or for their homes. This is a very specialised ministry indeed and the Diocese of London has highly trained priests to undertake this ministry. If you have concerns that you feel might be addressed through Deliverance Ministry, please contact Rev Dr Steve on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will have a conversation with you in complete confidence, working with you towards an appropriate course of action.

Getting involved...

If you want more information or would like to be involved in our Pastoral Care ministry, please contact Rev Dr Steve This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be aware that St. Andrew's is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of vulnerable people and no-one will be able to engage in pastoral visiting without first having gone through a DBS check and appropriate training. In addition, all pastoral visitors minister in the name of St. Andrew's, and so you will have to be a church member to be released into this ministry.