Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at Kiltarlity and Kirkhill is based on the words of Jesus in John 10: 14

‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father
knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.’

Just as Jesus is our good shepherd Peter calls us to be shepherds of our congregation and, at times, the wider parish.

‘To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings
who also will share in the glory to be revealed: be shepherds of God’s flock that is under
your care, watching over them’ 1 Peter 5: 14

‘This is about loving each other well as Jesus loves us’ (John 13: 34). More specifically pastoral care is concerned with:

  • Offering emotional, mental physical and spiritual healing (James 5: 14-16)
  • Strengthening and sustaining those in difficult places (Acts 15: 40)
  • Providing counsel and guidance for those who find themselves lost and in need of direction (Prov 15:22; Isaiah 9: 6)
  • Providing opportunity of reconciliation to those who are estranged from others/God (2 Corinthians 5: 18)

At K&K pastoral care is offered through:

  • Groups – Guild, Tuesday coffee/cake, Church Friday Club; our four Life Groups
  • Fellowship during and after morning services
  • Facebook/text/e-mail/phone
  • Our pastoral care team

Our pastoral care team is co-ordinated by Mary Bell in Kirkhill and Les Bradley in Kiltarlity.

The team comprises the elders in both churches, pastoral visitors and those who are willing to provide emergency meals for those in distressing circumstances. Each pastoral visitor has a list of people to visit as appropriate.

The Pastoral Care Team Home also operates our healthcare transport system for hospital visits and picking up prescriptions. Cards in each church are available for prayer requests and we also have a contact email ( for getting in touch with the team, or requesting in confidence, a visit or prayer.