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Pastoral Assistants Course – Chipping Sodbury

Saturday September 14, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm


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

The next diocesan Pastoral Assistants Course starts on 14 September 2024 in Chipping Sodbury. Using an interactive workshop style the course covers a breadth of subjects aiming to equip people to be able to work in all manner of pastoral situations.

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 parish or 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 Discipleship



Commencing Saturday 14 September 2024

Course Dates:
Saturday 14 September
Wednesdays– 25 September, 2, 9, 16 and 23 October, 6, 13, 20 November
Saturday 7 December 2024.

(Saturdays 9:30am – 4pm, Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm)
A packed lunch will be required for the Saturday courses.

Venue:  St John’s Church Centre, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury. BS37 6BQ (across the road from the church)

To book your place please click here.

A Pastoral Assistant Registration form is required to be completed and returned – it can be accessed by clicking here: Pastoral Assistant Registration Form but you will be sent one shortly after booking onto the course.


Saturday September 14
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Pauline Godfrey


St John’s Church Centre
Wickwar Road
Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6BQ
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