Parish visitors

Part of the parish


St James's is a place of caring - we look out for each other. The Parish Visitors Teamformed in 2003, was revived during 2017 with visitors being trained and organised to offer pastoral care. The aim is to visit members of the congregation who are housebound and no longer able to come to services at the church. This provides a link with the church for those parishioners who are unable to attend or are in need of support at a particular time. The group have trained under the Diocese of London Parish Visiting Scheme to assist the priest by undertaking various ministries. Visitors have undertaken safeguarding training through the year.

They visit the elderly, those in hospital, or recently bereaved, or anybody who would just like a little friendly company over a cup of tea and a chat. This maintains a contact with the church community. They also visit all families who bring their children to be baptised at St James’s and attend the baptism acting as a link between the family and the church. As well as keeping in contact with those who were sick or housebound, they were able to offer Home Communion to those who had missed coming to church.

In the past year the visitors met more frequently to monitor the church’s pastoral care. They worked with the Safety Officer to draft a Risk Assessment for Visitors (for the safety of both visitor and visited) and established a simple way in which the visitors could make a brief record of their visits - for their own coordination.

If anyone cannot get to church for communion, we can take it to them.

Speak Derek or anyone on the team about any particular need, or if you have a concern for someone else.

Contact

Elizabeth Wilmot on 020 8977 9434