Our Mission Priority/aims are to provide pastoral care/support for Parishioners well as for those who are ill, housebound and requesting Home Communion.
We have a small group working to provide pastoral care for our Parishioners.
We meet once a month to pray as well as to discuss those who need visiting, any issues arising and to allocate visits to team members.
We rely largely on the prayer list and hearsay as to who needs us. Sometimes a request for a home visit comes via the church office and whoever is available from the team will respond. Each member of the group has to sign a confidentiality form as this is an important aspect of our work and we have also to be DBS cleared.
We use the prayer list as a source of referrals in addition to concerns raised by parishioners of folk in need of pastoral care.
Requests for visits can also be received by the church office.
We are aware that parishioners not on the pastoral care team, out of compassion, are visiting those whose needs are imminent but better communication needs to be established to avoid duplication. Referrals can also be made to pastoral care team co-ordinator, Eva Upward, by e-mail via the Church Office and she will allocate visits as appropriate.
We are also aware of parishioners who, out of Christian compassion, are visiting some people whose needs are imminent but better communication needs to be established to avoid duplication.
Training needs have been identified for our team. One of the team will be attending the Acorn listening course. We have also had training in the administering of Home Communion.
Our small group is very much developing its practice as we are engaging with those in need. We will need to expand if we are to be truly effective in this vital ministry.
We may ask the PCC to give this group a small budget for training as well as for items such as stationery/possibly petrol money.