Pastoral Ministry Group.
Liz Morton – Chair
Francis Bray – Home Communion Co Ordinator
Audrey Sharples – Pastoral Visiting Co Ordinator
Maureen Stringer – Prayer Ministry Co Ordinator
The Key tasks are to
• support those who have a pastoral role, whether formal or informal, within the parish
• help resource church members to grow in pastoral awareness and sensitivity
• encourage the ministry of parish visitors and home communion ministers
This was set up in November to support those who have a pastoral role within the parish. To encourage the existing groups of parish visitors, home communion ministers and the prayer ministry group, and to advise the PCC of gaps in the existing provision and to recommend new areas of work in line with the agreed aims and objectives of the Parish Mission Action Plan.
Home Communion Team.
The home communion team consists of teams of 4 pairs of members visiting 5 individuals in their own homes and between 7 and 10 individuals at Silverways. The team all have DBS Clearance.
Volunteer members of the congregation, licensed by the Bishop, provide this service on a once-a-month basis normally on Tuesday morning after the 9.30 Eucharist. This helps the participants to feel that they are part of the church family and doubles as a pastoral and social visit.
In addition to the provision of Home Communion for the housebound and others unable to attend church, there are other people who may appreciate a home visit in cases of bereavement or other needs.
Members consist of a small group of people from St Mark’s regular congregation. For safety, each person has DBS Clearance.
We visit people who live alone or have a long-term illness or disability. They can request a visit themselves or we can hear of them through their family, friends or neighbours. Visits are always made at a time acceptable to both and are set accordingly. The main reason for our visit is to offer emotional support so the visits may vary slightly in length.
We do meet as a group every two months to check our progress and deal with any new situations.