A scheme has been running, for a number of years at Epsom Methodist Church, linking people at EMC with a small number of others in the church who they will look out for. This is sometimes people who are already friends or in the same house group or church group.
As there are quite a number of people who do not have a link person we would like to encourage more people to be involved.
It is a simple, helpful, kindly way of caring for each other.
Look out for them and greet them at church
Notice when they are not there
Make contact if they have not been to church for a week or two
Let the Ministry or Pastoral Team know if you are concerned
’A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ John 13:34
Could you be involved in this way of our being a caring church?
Every Monday morning the Pastoral Group meets. It is made up of the Ministers, Judith and eight people from the Church. The purpose of the group is to update each other on pastoral issues which have come up recently.
Apart from visiting people who are unwell or housebound, Holy Communion is regularly taken to the housebound and on a Monday the church flowers** are taken to a variety of people. If someone is returning home from hospital, moving house or has had a baby we endeavour to arrange for a meal to be taken to them. Every other Monday we have a training session, covering a variety of aspects of pastoral care, which helps us to understand the best way to cope with different situations.
Our aim is to try and care for everyone who has a need but we would like everyone in the Church to be involved. On a Sunday we try to speak to anyone who is visiting for the first time, give them a Welcome Card, Focus and a booklet about our activities at EMC. If they fill in a Welcome Card we will then invite them to a welcome lunch so they can meet other newcomers and find out a bit more about the Church.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
On a Sunday please talk to people you don’t recognise. I know some people find this difficult, but a smiling face breaks down many barriers.
If you hear of someone who is unwell or in hospital please let us know, but do ask their permission first.
If there is anything else you think we could be doing please let me know.
Everything discussed on a Monday is strictly confidential and, finally, would you like to join us on a Monday and help us to extend our care?
**People who take out the flowers on a Monday only do it once every 2 months and we would really like a new person to help us with this. If you have a car and feel you could be involved do contact me, Carol Stringer, or the Church Office (01372 728535).