At St. Mark’s, as with many church communities, we have members who for various reasons can no longer be present at church or church activities.
Often they have experienced a crisis or change in their lives, and initially received visits from clergy and close friends within the community. As the initial crisis ended they still found themselves unable to attend services and activities, and have become isolated from their community of faith.
Pastoral Visitors is a new ministry that will be a way of reaching out to these homebound members. It is a ministry of presence. A way of showing that St. Mark’s still cares and supports all of its members even if they are absent from our campus. It is a way of bridging between these members and the rest of the community, and keeping the connections alive.
Susan Aycock and Joan-Ellen Deck have taken their experiences with Stephen Ministries and developed training and procedures for Pastoral Visitors. They now need your help.
Keep an eye out for announcements about training, and help out by becoming a visitor or making referrals of homebound members.