Pastoral Care Visiting Ministry
To ensure there is compassionate, competent and consistent care and support for all who are open to receive it.
More specifically, we visit those within our circle of care who are not able to get out and may be in hospital, in a senior’s residence, in a long term care facility or at home.
We aim to bring comfort in the form that is needed – a light hearted conversation, a prayer (if desired) or just by being a quiet, reassuring presence.
Who is the Pastoral Care Visiting Team?
We are a group of people from the congregation who feel called to visit persons who are lonely, ill or shut-in. Our members are compassionate, good listeners, trustworthy and understand the importance of confidentiality.
What do we do?
- We make monthly (or more frequent) visits to various homes and seniors’ facilities.
- We make weekly visits to the hospital.
- We meet together on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and August) in the church hall for fellowship , to coordinate visits and to resolve any problems that may arise.
- We provide training for new members in the delivery of appropriate, effective, ethical and respectful pastoral care.
We do not:
- push our own agenda (religious or otherwise) with those we visit
- make decisions for those we visit
If you are interested in joining us, we welcome new members to this important Ministry. If you know of someone who would like a visit or if you would like to be visited yourself, please contact Martha Scales at 250 832-4119 or leave a message with the church office.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
In January, 2011, a new volunteer position was created to coordinate the many individuals and groups providing formal and informal pastoral care to others. We are delighted that Martha Scales will take on this function. See the Pastoral Care Pamphlet for all the details.