PASTORAL VISITORS AND PASTORAL SUPPORTERS
Called to serve and care
A Pastoral Visitor / Pastoral Supporter:
- maintains a caring and supportive relationship with the member/s for whom s/he has pastoral care, through contact at church, by phone / email / text – or through home visits at mutually agreed times;
- shares any concerns or need for extra support that their member/s might have with either the Ministers, the Circuit Pastoral Co-ordinator, or our Lay Pastors as appropriate;
- delivers the annual membership tickets by hand;
- remembers their member/s in prayers, reflections, and actions;
- meets at least once a year with other Pastoral Visitors and Pastoral Supporters for sharing of information, ideas, and/or training.
Pastoral Visitors and Supporters have to be aware of the Methodist Church policies regarding safeguarding issues with respect to contacts and visits to members, and they are asked to attend the Creating Safer Space foundation module training (if they have not already done so).
What’s the difference between the role of a Pastoral Visitor, and that of Pastoral Supporter?
They act in the same way as an important link of care and support between church and its members, but:
- Pastoral Visitors have a list of existing church members to whom they offer pastoral oversight and support.
- A Pastoral Supporter takes on a pastoral role for just one person, at that person’s invitation, at the time of him/her becoming a church member.
For further information about Pastoral Visiting or Pastoral Supporting contact: Peter Jackson 07898 9 069167 or e-Mail by clicking HERE