The Pastoral Care Committee and larger team comprises those who offer spiritual and personal connection in times of crisis or other need, as well as those who provide resources to meet short-term needs such as visits, rides, and food.
Recent direct care activities of the team have included:
- Supported families of members who passed away and member who underwent other life transitions.
- Point people are identified to monitor the care of people with long-term needs.
- Provided a range of ad hoc services to members and friend in need including: greeting cards and transportation
- Supported steps to establish support groups for caregivers and the disabled
In addition we have worked to strengthen our caregiving team and system:
- Created a database of volunteers for short-term needs and common pastoral care tracker to share information among committee members
- Held a workshop and lunch for pastoral care volunteers to deepen our understanding of pastoral care and develop our skills as a pastoral care team
- Started planning to develop “pastoral care fellows”
- Asked membership committee to be give survey to new members during their orientation.
- Recognized past volunteers, pastoral care volunteers provided special refreshments during fellowship hour to thank past volunteers, and the committee distributed a survey asking people to indicate how they would be interested in providing care.
Opportunities in the coming year will include continually building the team, so as to move further toward our goal of having the whole congregation providing care for one another.
If you have a pastoral care need or would like to become more involved in offering pastoral care, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org