Wesley Chapel has a pastoral-visiting scheme that allocates a pastoral visitor to about 96 members and adherents within the church family
Eleven dedicated pastoral visitors try to ensure that all within the Wesley Chapel family feel valued and connected to the church. Friendship and concern is offered unconditionally and in many forms.
It is a privilege and responsibility to all of us in the Methodist Church who are called to express our Christian love through working alongside, children, young people and vulnerable adults. Currently all Wesley Chapel safeguarding training is up to date for those helping to create “safer space” for children and vulnerable adults within the Methodist Church.
We hold an annual pastoral visitors meeting, ensuring that no-one is overlooked and any new needs are responded to. We also seek to share some form of personal development for the visitors by focusing on different aspects of pastoral care or current areas of national debate, including discussion on assisted suicide. At our last pastoral visitor meeting we discussed the efficiency of our system of visiting. Personal visiting is becoming increasingly difficult for some of us, both physically with age and practically with lack of transport. One opportunity we agreed to try and develop was that of “telephone” visiting/befriending and Church family members have been asked if they would be willing to be of assistance in this way.
Christine Sudron is our Pastoral Team Leader and Safeguarding Officer.
“Some people care too much. I think it's called love.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh