Toton Churches


Churches in Pastoral Partnership: What is CHIPPs?

CHIPPS logoCHIPPs is a pastoral training & support ministry designed to enable & equip Christians from local churches who care for others, both within their church and the wider community. We seek to do this by using soundly based practical teaching in line with God’s Word. The CHIPPs logo represents a linking of people across local churches, recognising that together we are stronger in our passion, mission and ministry as we express God’s love and compassion for all His people

Who are CHIPPs?

Core Members and Trainers 

FranFran BeedellFran is a recognised lay minister in Nottingham and Southwell Diocese and a former lay pastoral minister. She is also a music teacher in a local school and chair of the council of reference for Nottingham Youth for Christ. She worked for Christ Church Chilwell on their staff team from 2002 until she recently retired in December 2016.


ChrisChris Bassford: Chris had a teaching background before she became a Counsellor. She is a lay minister at St. Helen’s, Stapleford, co-ordinates pastoral care, is part of its Bereavement Support Team and oversees the welcome of newcomers.


SueSue Goring: Sue is the Pastoral co-ordinator at St Peter’s, Toton Churches, and a member of the Prayer Ministry Team. She has 25yrs experience as a Mental Health Nurse. Her passions are pastoral care, bereavement, supporting people with mental health issues, and equipping through training, others who seek to care.

Training through CHIPPs

CHIPPs Courses are open to all those involved in pastoral roles both within and outside their church communities.  

Called to Care Course

This 10 week Pastoral Care Foundational Course in partnership with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham has been designed to help train and support those involved in caring. It can be used with pastoral visitors and with any who want to understand and deepen their caring. Open to all Christian faiths. 

Our Christian faith is founded on love; the love of God for creation and the love of God revealed through the actions and parables of Jesus, and God as a loving healing presence whose strength and grace are always available for us. God values and delights in each one of us despite our inadequacies and failings. 

A healthy Christian community is one in which people know they are loved, visitors are welcome & young & old alike are valued & feel safe. Pastoral care is about offering care both at times of crisis & in everyday life, it is an active proclamation of God’s love in Christ & for our world. 

The church is the body of Christ, so we are all involved in the health of that body. The quality of our caring is a sign of God’s love and a witness to others that we as Christians have something special to offer a broken world that needs healing and reconciliation. ‘We love because he first loved us’ 1John 4:19. 

God alone is the source of our caring skills, abilities and gifts. We are called to discover, affirm and develop the gifts he has given us so that we learn to give and receive care in all our relationships, whether in the church or in the community where we live and work.

The 10 Week Called to Care Course, together with the one day Workshops have become a ‘recognised route’ into the pastoral visiting ministry within Southwell and Nottingham Diocese.  Those seeking to act as Pastoral Visitors within their churches:

CHIPPs Training Saturday Workshops 

Alongside the Called to Care Course there are three Saturday Workshops per year, covering various topics related to the different aspects of pastoral care.

Abuse: How Can We Help?

Saturday 11th  November 2017  10-4pm at Toton Methodist Church. Cost: £15.00p (bring your own lunch).     The aim of this workshop is to give an understanding of the different forms of abuse, and how we can best understand and support survivors.     It is suitable for those who support friends & family, children and younger people, and those involved in prayer ministry and pastoral care. Further information and and booking details here..  

Faith in Seniors: What's age got to do with it?  

Saturday 3rd  March 2018  10am-4pm.  CHIPPs in partnership with the Pilgrim Friends Society.
 A one day workshop looking at the empowering ministry of senior members of our churches. St Helen's Church Hall Stapleford NG9 8FN.

Called to Listen?                                                                

Saturday 9th June  10am-4pm  2018.  A one day workshop looking at listening skills & how to use them effectively. St Wilfred's Church Hall,  Wilford. NG11 7AJ