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Pastoral Team (Team Member-Bereavement-New Horizon)

To be available on a rota basis, to support the bereaved who attend the New Horizon meetings each month. To socialise, listen to, talk with or pray with any bereaved person who may drop in to the session

Responsible To: New Horizon Bereavement Team Coordinator
Time Committment: Attendance for approx. 2 hours at the monthly New Horizon meetings, on a rota basis
As part of this role a volunteer would have the following responsibilities:
  • Attend the two hour New Horizon drop in session held in church, on a rota basis
  • Be available to listen to, chat with, socialise or pray with any bereaved person(s) who drop into the session
  • Quietly and sensitively serve tea/coffee to team members and visitors
  • Be prepared to take part in a prayer time led by the New Horizon Coordinator. Prayers are said for the all those recently bereaved at St John's or others known to us from home, community and the wider world
  • Continue to pray for the bereaved in your own private prayer time
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to liaise with the Bereavement Team Coordinator (Margaret Bailey) regarding any concerns

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

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,Training and Welcome meeting
  • Ongoing support from New Horizon Coordinator (Margaret Bailey) and Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
  • Occasional meeting for all St John's Bereavement Visiting Team and New Horizon Team

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