Pastoral Care

Pastoral Ministry Opportunity with Anglicare SQ

Anglicare SQ asked that we passed on the following opportunity for the role of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator. 

Is God calling you to serve others through listening, care and support? Are you a good listener? Do you have a desire to care for and serve others?

If so, an opportunity to exercise this vocation is available at Anglicare Toowoomba in providing care and support to a range of clients, including older people and those with disabilities, working with people to explore new options, open doors and create solutions that enable them to live well in their own homes as a Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator. The ministry position of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator is for 16 hours per fortnight.  Remuneration is according to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010, starting from $29.42/hour. We will support you in your response to this vocation through education and supervision.

So, if you are a good listener, enjoy working with people and feel God is calling you, Anglicare invites you to get in touch. We are happy to receive calls from anyone interested to answer any questions and can be contacted by mobile or email as listed below.

The Reverend Ray Clifton:  0403 754 462 or

More details:

Dot Edwards + Video

On Thursday we joined together in giving great thanks to God for the life of Dot Edwards who went home to be with her Lord the previous week. Dot was an incredible women - some 98 years old - of faith. Some may remember that Dot was one of three (along with Vi and Bob) featured in a pair of videos in 2014 on faithful witnesses. If you missed them, they are a must watch!

Dot Edwards Funeral

Please join with me in giving great thanks to God for the life of Dot Edwards who went home to be with her Lord on Friday. Dot was an incredible women - 98 years old - of faith. Funeral details are not yet finalised, but will most likely be at St Bart’s sometime during the week starting March 18. Please also be praying for her family, along with all who grieve. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Some may remember that Dot was one of three (along with Vi and Bob) featured in a pair of videos in 2013 on faithful witnesses. You can watch them below.

Bishop Cam's Lay Conference @ St Bart's Next Weekend

Bishop Cam's Lay Conference @ St Bart's Next Weekend

Next weekend (Friday night and Saturday) we will have the great privilege of hosting Bishop Cam's Western Lay Conference. This will be a really amazing time with keynotes on Serving, Evangelism, and Prayer. There is also a range of electives on: introductory courses to Christianity, pastoral care, music ministry, reading the Bible in church, leading intercessions, running small groups, and so much more.

Every Ministry Matters (with Expression of Interest Online Form)

Every Ministry Matters (with Expression of Interest Online Form)

Thank you to everyone who was involved in our 'Every Ministry Matters Sunday'! It was a great opportunity to get a fuller picture of the diversity of opportunities in the life of St Bart's. If you're interested in serving, but weren't able to complete an 'expression of interest form', you can do so online. Simply visit our website and complete the form here.

St Bart's Kids, Stationery, and TRAMS (Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support)

As students return to school this week, there are many families in our community who do not have access to the resources required by schools to start their learning. We are asking for donations of stationery items that could be given to assist families in need. Items might include pencils, sharpeners, exercise books, colouring pencils, felt pens, pencil cases, etc. All donations should be brought to the Sunday School Room and will later be delivered to TRAMS to assist our Refugee and Migrant community.

2018: A Year of Next Steps

2018: A Year of Next Steps

I’m really excited that 2018 will be a year of ‘Next Steps’ for St Bart’s. With 2017 having been a really significant year (with the building being completed and so much more), we’re hoping and praying that we will all – as individuals and as a church – press further into our mission to make and mature disciples by seeking to take a next step in prayer, growth, evangelism, and serving

Welcome to Toowoomba Meal (Saturday, November 4, 5.30-7.30PM)

Welcome to Toowoomba Meal (Saturday, November 4, 5.30-7.30PM)

I'm very excited that on Saturday November 4, we are partnering with the Welcome Dinner Project to host a Welcome Dinner for members of the Syrian and Iraqi communities in Toowoomba. The dinner is designed to assist established Australians (people who were born or have lived in Australia more than 10 years) to meet and make friends with newly arrived Australians (people who have lived in Australia less than 10 years).

Interview with Suzie Ross

With the appointment of Suzie Ross as our part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator, this morning we interviewed her to hear more of her love for God. We also heard a little of what drew her to the role and the heart that God has given her.

Appointment of Suzie Ross as our Pastoral Care Coordinator

Appointment of Suzie Ross as our Pastoral Care Coordinator

With great thanks to God, I’m delighted to announce that Suzie Ross has been appointed as our part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator, who will be leading our amazing pastoral visiting team. Suzie has an amazing passion for the Lord, along with a background in Diversional Therapy and aged care. When Suzie became a Christian, the Lord gave her a great heart to care for older people. We are really delighted that she has taken up this role and will help us to develop St Bart’s Care.

Mission to Seafarers, Port of Brisbane 125th-Anniversary

Mission to Seafarers, Port of Brisbane 125th-Anniversary

For many years many people in our congregation and the wider community have been involved in supporting the Mission to Seafarers, by way of knitting beanies. The crews of the many ships that dock at the Port of Brisbane get to know that this is the place to come for a beanie for those cold nights on board ship in all kinds of weather at all latitudes.

Article Featuring David Johnstone in Latest Edition of Focus

It was wonderful to read of our own David Johnstone in the current edition of Focus. The article details one of the many compassionate examples of how the pastoral care team at the Base Hospital seek to so lovingly care for people. Pick up a copy of focus from church.

Continuing to Seek a Pastoral Care Coordinator


As we continue to advertise for this role, would you please consider who might be appropriate to lead this vital area of our church? This person could be lay or ordained, but essentially will have a great heart for God, a desire to care for others, and of course, superb pastoral skills. This is a fantastic half-time role that builds on a strong pastoral ministry at St Bart’s. Loving and caring for people is a core part of who we are as a church, and so we long for our coordinator to be empowered and released to take part in this ministry and build others up to do the same. A position-description is available in the foyer and on our website. If you have any questions or you know someone who could be suitable for this role, please feel free to chat with me at any time.

Pastoral Care in Parishes Training


Pastoral care is a valuable skills for all Christians. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn introductory-level pastoral care skills including supportive behaviour and communication techniques such as listening, dialogue, and being present. All participants will receive an "Introduction to Pastoral Care" training manual and certificate of participation. If you're involved in any pastoral or relational (e.g., welcoming) ministry, this would be an ideal course. This free course will run from 9AM-5PM at St Bart's on October 12. Morning tea is provided, BYO lunch.

To register, complete the online registration form here. (Please ensure that you select St Bart's from the list.)

Position Available: Pastoral Care Coordinator

St Bart’s is a vibrant and growing church, located in the beautiful city of Toowoomba (population 150,000) and 130km west of Brisbane. In order to resource and support our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we are currently seeking to appoint a part-time pastoral care coordinator.

The overall purpose of this role is to oversee and grow the pastoral care ministry of St Bart’s, ensuring that everyone in our church is cared for. This includes coordinating a team of visitors (and ensuring that they are cared for); continuing to build significant community in the aged-care facilities in which we have a link; growing and developing the pastoral care team; and building upon existing ministries (e.g., emergency meals) and seek other opportunities to care for those in our community as an expression of the Gospel.

Selection Criteria

  • Meet all requirements for safe ministry check and police check.
  • Has completed training in pastoral care.
  • Has experience in pastoral care and the leading of teams.
  • Has a heart for people and can respond to human need.
  • Is proactive and an excellent problem-solver.
  • Has excellent listening and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Mature Christian with a passion for Jesus.
  • Strong leader and team player, able to inspire and work with others, organised and driven.
  • On board with vision of St Bart’s (especially that described in VISION 2020).

Position Details

Part-time role (50%), reporting to Priest-in-Charge, Adam Lowe. Holidays: Four weeks (pro rata) per year. Remuneration as determined and negotiated according to Diocesan scales (which is dependent upon qualifications and experience). Travel allowance (according to mileage) will also be provided.

Applicants should provide a CV, a cover letter, and two references. Applications should be emailed by Monday November 7 5PM to Adam Lowe at (for more information call Adam on 0410 512 782).

Download the Detailed Position Description (PDF)

Training: Pastoral Care in a Multicultural Society


Jenny Noble chaplain from Blue Care South West Cluster will be joining us here at St Bart’s on July 9 to explore pastoral Care within a Multi Cultural Society. Jenny has a strong interest in Palliative Pastoral Care, and has recently attended Symposiums on these subjects. How does our own cultural upbringing and thinking influence our interaction with people from another faith/cultural background? Are we really offering pastoral care that is non judgemental? Come along for a challenging morning of both information sharing, and looking at ourselves in the light of that information! Saturday July 9 from 9am till 1pm with a morning tea at St Bart's, this is a morning not to be missed as our community changes so do we in the way we do Pastoral Care. Any questions call Ron on 0412 002 116. Register using the form, or by calling the office, or signing up using the clipboard at church.

Pastoral Care Training


Are you interested in being involved in pastoral care ministry? If so, come and join David Johnstone and Ron Spindler at St Bart's on the February 20 at 9am till 1pm. We are offering a shortened form of the Introduction to Pastoral Care Course. This is bite size course with plenty of interaction, so please pray about this and put it before God. There are so many areas within pastoral care where there is a need. As David said at our meeting on Monday, "we need Love with Skin On". Place your name on the clip board in the foyer or register online. Gold coin bonation for morning Tea.

Reminder Regarding Speed Limit in Carpark


In recent months we have installed some new signs in the car park to remind everyone that the speed limit at St Bart's is 10km/hr. This speed limit applies to the entire property at St Bart's (from entering the driveway onwards) and is particularly critical due to the number of children and people with less mobility accessing our church. We want to ensure that people are as safe as possible, so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone takes note and limits their speed. Thanks for helping make St Bart's a safe place for everyone of every age.