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Pastoral Team (Team Member-Befriend an elderly/housebound person Visiting Team)

To regularly visit a member of the congregation who lives alone or in a nursing home. Individuals and families with children are needed for this rewarding pastoral ministry.

Responsible To: Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
Time Committment: As agreed but dependent on volunteer time available
                                                                                                                
As part of this role a volunteer would have the following responsibilities:
  • To visit a member of the congregation who has little or no family support, under the direction of the Pastoral Coordinator
  • To agree time available and pattern of visiting with Pastoral Coordinator
  • To understand and agree realistic boundaries and ensure the person you visit is aware of what you can and what you cannot offer
  • To be aware of strict confidentiality and only offer to share personal information with others, including Clergy or the Pastoral Coordinator with the person's permission (There can be extreme exceptions to this which will be discussed in training sessions)
  • To convey any information to the Pastoral Coordinator, that concerns changes in health, practical and/or spiritual needs of the person(s) being visited, taking into account confidentiality issues


A volunteer in this role would require some or all of the following attributes:
  • Desires to serve Jesus, the church and local community and to commit time and talents to this ministry
  • Nonjudgmental attitude toward housebound parishioners and others in need
  • Honest, dependable and can maintain strict confidentiality
  • Respects the privacy and dignity of the housebound
  • Is comfortable dealing with elderly, infirm, or disabled people
  • Is friendly, patient and has good relational skills
  • Has a spirit of love for others, generosity, compassion and kindness
  • Can listen effectively and communicate clearly with others


In order for someone to be able to perform this role the following training and support will be given:
  • St John's parish visitor orientation welcome meeting
  • Ongoing support from the Pastoral Coordinator
  • Occasional support meetings of all St John's visiting Teams


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