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Pastoral Team (Team Member-Outreach Holy Communion Team)

To join one of St John's Outreach Communion Teams taking monthly Holy Communion to those who are housebound at home or in one of our 4 local Nursing/Care Homes

Responsible To: Outreach Holy Communion Team Coordinator/Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
Time Committment: As agreed- usually 2 hours per month
As part of this role a volunteer would have the following responsibilities:
  • To be available on a regular basis with others to take out Monthly Holy Communion to members of St John's who are temporarily or permanently housebound and/or to one of our 4 local residential Nursing/Care Homes
  • To arrange with Clergy to have a Home Communion box prepared on the Sunday (or for the week following) you are taking out Communion to the Housebound/Nursing or Care Home
  • To pick up a Holy Communion Box, sufficient Home Communion order of service sheets and a Bible following the Sunday Morning service in church and to select a scripture reading and prepare very short prayers to use in the service
  • To ensure that the Residential Home/Housebound person is aware of the Day/Date/Time you are arriving, with the addition of a telephone reminder on the day
  • To administer with a fellow team member the set order for Holy Communion to the Housebound ensuring that all who would like this receive Communion
  • Provide a social chat at the end of the service to each person and discern whether anyone would like further Pastoral Care from St John's (i.e. visiting or Dial a Ride to Tuesday Service). If so advise Outreach Communion Coordinator or Pastoral Coordinator Jenny Cosslett as soon as possible)
  • Return Communion Box, Service sheets and Church Bible to Jean in St John's office

A volunteer in this role would require some or all of the following attributes:
  • Must be a committed and prayerful member of St John's congregation who desires to serve Jesus through showing his love and compassion to others
  • Honest, dependable and willing to commit regular time and talents to this ministry
  • Can listen effectively and communicate clearly with others, especially the elderly and sometimes confused
  • Is confident at leading services and is friendly, sensitive and patient with elderly people
  • Has a spirit of love and compassion and feels comfortable communicating with elderly people and their relatives, Nursing and Care home staff and others on the Outreach communion Teams

In order for someone to be able to perform this role the following training and support will be given:
  • Initial meeting with Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)/Outreach Communion Coordinator
  • Onsite training from an experienced Outreach Home Communion Visitor and from the Pastoral Coordinator before taking out Communion on a regular basis
  • Ongoing support from the Pastoral Coordinator/Outreach Communion Coordinator
  • Occasional support meetings of all St John's visiting Teams

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