Care at Northcross includes all the ways we foster active support for each other as we deepen our relationship with God, each other, ourselves, and the world.
Our vision is for church to be a thriving local community where people find spiritual nurture, relational belonging, and whole-person support. Care at Northcross focuses on contributing to the spiritual, personal, emotional, relational, and physical needs of people as modelled in the coming of Christ and life of the early church. Because all people matter to God, all people matter to us.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour” Luke 4:18-19
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” Acts 2:44-45
If you have a specific care need you would like us to be aware of or if you would like any level of support please send a confidential email message to [email protected] We will be in touch with you soon!
1. Life Care (Individual and organic) – Care often takes place organically – sharing a cuppa, on the phone, while on a walk, in an office or at a home. In this way everyone in our church offers and receives some level of care. Jesus has called us to love one another and so we all have responsibility to care for each other.
2. Community Care (Mutual, both organic and organised) – Sometimes, we can’t care for someone by ourselves and so Care at Northcross is often a “team-based” initiative. Our Life Groups and Ministries Groups are the primary way care is experienced and implemented. Sharing care with a “team-spirit” supports us all in functioning as a healthy community where needs are shared mutually and where no one person cares for all the needs of another. As a community each one of us can partner by offering care out of the strengths we have and receive care from the strengths in others.
3. Pastoral Care (Pastoral and organised) – There are times and experiences when we might need more confidentiality or expertise in caring for particular needs. For such situations Northcross has a pastoral care team of experienced carers who are here to provide support to you and your family through the different stages of life, right from birth to old age, and especially during times of challenge, transition, distress, grief and loss. When circumstances require specialist input the pastoral care team’s role is to help link and support people as they connect with professional help.
If you have a specific care need you would like us to be aware of or if you would like any level of support please send a confidential email message to [email protected]. We will be in touch with you soon!
Care at Northcross includes:
- Pastoral counsel, guidance, and prayer
- Marriage & Pre-marriage
- Alpha Courses
- Care packages
- Hospital visitation
- Restoration support
- Family support and counsel
- Referrals for counselling and support services
Prayer is a vital experience for the life of any believer and church. It is one of the primary means by which we communicate with God individually and as a community. We believe praying carries power in adoring, confessing, thanking, interceding, and making requests to God.
- God commands us to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Prayer builds fellowship with God (Luke 11:9-13; Matt 6:9)
- Prayer has power (2 Chronicles 7:14; John 16:23-24)
- Prayer unites us (Matt 6:9-13, 18:19-20; Acts 1:14)
We have a prayer team who are happy to pray for healing, life challenges, guidance, past and present experiences. You are also welcome to come to our monthly Sunday morning prayer breakfast. Everyone is welcome – including children.
If you would like to find out any more opportunities for prayer, please contact the church office.
09 478 9549
If you are seriously concerned about someone’s immediate safety (or your own), phone 111.
OR Go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department.
OR Phone your local DHB Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT Team).
OR Phone Healthline at 0800 611 116.
Call or text 1737 for support from a trained counselor, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Lifeline 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999
- Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
- Youthline 0800 376 633
- Samaritans 0800 726 666
- Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
- Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
Where victims of domestic violence can get help:
- Women’s Refuge (For women and children) – 0800 733 843.
- Shine (For men and women) – free call 0508-744-633 between 9am and 11pm.
- 1737, Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737 any time for mental health support from a trained counsellor
- What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, midday–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily.
- Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 for people up to 18 years old. Open 24/7.
- Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email [email protected], or find online chat and other support options here.
- If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 111.