Pastoral Care is to express God’s love, through caring for the needs of people, to build quality relationships, restore individual lives, build healing communities, praying for each person, and growing disciples of Jesus at Southpoint Church of Christ.
The Pastoral Care team encourages existing SouthPoint connect groups to establish trust, loyalty and confidence through long-term relationships and provide guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people. Pastoral Care involves nurturing, discipling, influencing, caring for and guiding people towards ongoing spiritual maturity. Ideally, we want everyone at Southpoint to be connected to and be involved in a Connect group. Small groups are an amazing avenue to provide pastoral care.
Top 5 priorities for Pastoral Care:
§ Build each other up as a Pastoral Care Team.
§ Listen to people and have meaningful conversations.
§ Build confidence and trust amongst ourselves as a team and church members.
§ Provide practical support in a variety of forms.
§ Be in prayer for the needs in our congregation and provide prayer after the Sunday service.
SouthPoint CC believes kids are amazingly important in God’s eye and so they are in ours, too. On Sunday morning we have four groups for kids 0-12 years of age
· 0-2 years of age – Creche (Fire) crackers
· 3-5 years of age – Bubbles
· 6-8 years of age – Splash
· 9-12 years of age – Xstream
Each of these groups have one or two designated leaders each week. They do lots of fun activities and games designed for their developmental stage while they learn about Jesus and what it means to follow him.
At SouthPoint we take seriously the opportunity to partner with parents in helping kids to trust Jesus. Because of this we
· We chat often with parents about how we see their kids are going and courageous steps they are taking
· Have a team of other support leaders who train and support what we do so that kids love being a part of our church
· Have special ‘team’ shirts to express the strength of unity and purpose we have together
· Do a rite of passage at the end of Yr 6 with a course called ‘Gravitas’ to help prepare our 12 year olds to step out of a ‘kid mindset’ into the next stage of life with its privileges and responsibilities.
The youth at SouthPoint are called Amplify and meet Friday Nights from 6:30pm and Sunday mornings during the service at 10am.
Friday nights are usually fun activities that provide a unique space for youth to bring their friends along to. We do anything from ‘Master Chef’ to Messy games, to park sports and many other active things. We also include a short testimony or devotion on Jesus and his relevance for teen life.
Sunday mornings Amplify Youth are doing one of two things. Either they have a special session learning about Jesus, or they are helping lead in ministries around the church. These ministries may include kids ministry. We believe that youth can be engaged in extremely important ways from the beginning of teen years and sometimes they are the best people to relate engagingly to the kids.
Amplify Youth also have a couple camps through the year. Usually one around Easter, and another in the spring school holidays.
Create is a visual arts ministry run by Paul and Gaynor Steele, every Sunday during school term time from 13:00 to 15:00 at SouthPoint, Edwardstown. Members are encouraged to grow their artistic abilities. Members share skills of painting with acrylic, oils, watercolour and pastels to encourage each others' creative growth. Membership is free and participants provide their own materials. We are happy to provide advise about what to purchase. The group convenes a SALA exhibition annually in August.