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Pastoral Team (Coordinator-Bereavement Team-New Horizon Team)

To ensure that a rota of New Horizon Team members is available each month in the West End of church, to ensure that support and help is provided to the recently bereaved.

Responsible To: Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
Time Committment: Attendance at the monthly New Horizon meetings and approx. 1 hour per week on admin.
As part of this role a volunteer would have the following responsibilities:
  • Draw up a monthly rota for attendance by New Horizon team members at the monthly New Horizon meetings held in church.
  • Ensure that at least four members of the New Horizon Team are in church for each New Horizon meeting.
  • Set up the West End for New Horizon meetings (appropriate seating/refreshments etc)
  • Liaise with the church office to draw up a list of recent funerals so that their partners/families can also be prayed for by the New Horizon Team during the meetings
  • Record briefly the visitors to each meeting each month and feed this back to the Pastoral Coordinator
  • Liaise with the Pastoral Coordinator on a regular basis

A volunteer in this role would require some or all of the following attributes:
  • Has a non judgemental attitude towards the bereaved
  • Organised, honest, dependable, can maintain strict confidentiality and is able to lead a team of volunteers
  • Able to deal with the pain and loss felt in bereavement whilst empathising with the bereaved. (It is essential that all Horizon Bereavement Team volunteers have experienced bereavement in their own lives)
  • Is friendly, patient and has good listening and communication skills
  • Has a spirit of love, compassion and kindness
  • Is able to lead prayers with confidence

In order for someone to be able to perform this role the following training and support will be given:
  • St John's New Horizon Team Orientation and Training Welcome meeting
  • Ongoing support from Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
  • Occasional meeting of all St John's Bereavement Visiting Team and New Horizon Team

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