Pastoral care

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

Whoever you are, we want you to feel a part of TBC, and to discover real community here.

When life gets a bit complicated, we want you to find there are people who care. Whether you’re a busy person, or have lots of time on your hands, we hope you’ll find activities to join in with. One of our values is ’Everyone Welcome’. We want TBC to be a welcoming place for the people of Tonbridge where the whole person is cared for. We believe God can restore his plan for our lives as individuals and communities. He often works through us to transform brokenness into beauty in each other.

Whether you’re here during the week or on a Sunday, whether life is good or asking a lot of you, our Pastoral Team would love to meet you. Drop us an email, look out for our Host team on a Sunday or chat to one of our receptionists during the week and we’ll be in touch.

Small groups

Our small groups are a place you can form authentic relationships and share life together, whether you’ve been part of the TBC family for just a few days, or for many years.

Courses

We run various courses that are designed to help with some of the challenges of life – keep an eye out for information profiling upcoming courses.

18:22

Are you aged 18-22? Here at TBC we’d love to be part of this exciting, transitional and sometimes overwhelming time of your life. We offer prayer and email support and organise regular social events throughout the year.

If you would like to learn more about 18:22 please email laura.smith@tonbridgebaptist.church.

Pastoral team

When you’re struggling with a particular issue or life event and need deeper one-to-one support, someone from our Pastoral Team would be very happy to meet with you. This team is made up of people who seek to listen, understand and encourage you at these times. They may also connect you to organisations within or beyond TBC.

Specialist support and services

Sometimes we need specialised support which is beyond the scope and training of the pastoral team. We can help you to find local experts and services, so you can find support in the way you need.

Debt and budgetting advice

Crosslight Advice operates in West Kent and West London offering free, open-ended, holistic debt advice coupled with money education and budgeting support to equip you for the future. They walk with you, supporting you as you seek to address the causes of you financial difficulties as well as the immediate impact. Crosslight is a community-focused charity which aims to restore dignity and hope to those in need, helping individuals and families get back on their feet.

To find out more or to book an appointment at their TBC branch contact 020 7052 0318 or visit www.crosslightadvice.org.

Individual or couple counselling

Sometimes circumstances and situations can seem to prevent us from living life as we would like to. Events that happened in the past, painful experiences in the present or fears about the future seem to prevent us from moving on and living life to the full.

Tonbridge Counselling Service is a professional counselling service for Tonbridge, Kent and the surrounding areas offering skilled, compassionate therapy for young people, adults and couples at an affordable cost.

01732 605046 // info@tonbridgecounsellingservice.co.uk // www.tonbridgecounsellingservice.co.uk.

BCS Counselling offers professional counselling for individual young people, adults and couples on a range of issues in a safe, caring environment, where you can share, discover and grow.

07910 918410 // enquiries@bcscounselling.co.uk.

Graham Allen is a private and confidential counsellor offering help for individuals and couples.

07593 500458 // graham.allen50@virginmedia.com.

One Step at a Time Jean Delevingne offers confidential counselling for individuals on a wide range of issues.

07307857167 // OnestepatatimeJD@outlook.com // www.onestepatatimecounselling.co.uk

For more information speak to

Jon Knight

Pastoral Minister
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