Home groups are a vital part of the Chapel’s life. They help develop the closer fellowship that is hard to find in large gatherings and provide an environment where people can give and receive care. We have groups for all ages with a range of styles and emphases. Independent of Home Groups, we also have a network of small groups who meet together for accountability and prayer that are arranged informally between people.
Pastoral care takes place at several levels, with Home Group leaders forming the first line by providing care themselves and encouraging members of their group to do the same. Then there are the Elders, each called to be a pastor and to supervise the overall pastoral care programme. Finally, there are staff members who are called, trained and available to provide pastoral care. Don’t hesitate to contact one of these people if you need help.
Some problems are persistent or deep-rooted and need specialised care. Whether the problem is individual and private, or whether it involves a relationship, it is God’s purpose to move all of us towards wholeness. We have a ‘Hillcrest Chapel Counselling Service’ with trained professional counsellors. If you would like to talk to someone contact Donna on 021-965-006. All calls will be treated confidentially.
Alpha Marriage Course
As a church, we run the Alpha Marriage Course every two years to support and maintain healthy relationships. Cost is $90 which includes a three-course meal to begin and end the course with coffee and dessert on the other nights as well as your course materials. Contact Philippa Field at [email protected] or phone 07-856-4222 for more details.
Divorce Recovery Workshop
There is an identified need in our community to support for people who are going through separation, relationship breakdown and divorce. Currently there is an absence of groups to support people with these issues in the Hamilton area. As a church we are concerned about providing service to our community. We have decided to pilot a course which has been very successful throughout the UK and has helped many people to recover from the pain of separation, relationship breakdown and divorce.
The materials from this organisation are used both nationally in the UK and internationally and are suitable for a New Zealand audience. By purchasing these materials Hillcrest Chapel has agreed to the fundamental principles of the DRW organisation (see www.drw.org.uk for these principles) and so is able to host these workshops. These workshops are suitable for people who either have or do not have a church background.
Structure of the evening
The next divorce recovery workshop will start on Tues, 22nd Aug 2017 and will comprise of the following format:
- Meet and greet
- Watch DVD 30-40 minutes
- Discussion in small groups
We will run each session in a safe and confidential environment and there will be no pressure to join in at any stage.
Please do not hesitate to contact Donna on 021-965-006 for further information or to register. Cost $50.