Several people have been actively involved in visiting on behalf of the church with people who are home-bound, etc., throughout the years and this continues to be a strong area of the congregation's life.
Now, in order to build on this strength, we are developing a more systematic approach to our Visiting program.
The Development Plan
- To affirm and acknowledge all of the Visiting that is happening at present;
- To develop a Visiting Guide that describes the details of Visiting (done);
- To develop a policy and procedure for fulfilling our Duty of Care which includes the administration of police records which is now a necessary legal requirement (done);
- To recruit a volunteer Visiting Co-ordinator to organize our Visiting Ministry on a continual basis, in preparation for which we will develop a Visiting Co-ordinator's job description and support for implementation (done);
- To gather the Visitors periodically for support, training, and initiation of potential new visitors;
This development of the Visiting program is so important, because the people we would care for are many who have given so much and cared for so many over the years, they absolutely must be cared for now.
- Visiting Guide is done.
- Duty of Care policy is done.
- Visiting Co-ordinator's job description is done.
- Recruitment has been successful: our Visiting Co-ordinator is Tamara Wright and she may be contacted for any visiting related matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- First Visitors Gathering was held at Robertson-Wesley on 2015 May 17, Sunday at 12:15 pm.
- To be more comprehensive: that is, to be sure we are not letting anyone "fall through the cracks" or be forgotten or feel neglected;
- To be more adaptive: responding the the changing needs of the people we visit and our visitors;
- To be more supportive: providing support and training on a continual basis for our visitors, recognizing that this both a very demanding and a truly spirit-led dimension of our ministry;
- To be expanding the Visiting program: carefully inviting new people to consider being visitors; providing training, mentoring, and opportunities for individuals to discern their call to this ministry;
- To be more closely integrated with the pastoral care visiting done by the Ministry Personnel: so that there is a truly complementary, team partnership.