The Kirk session is aware that there is a great deal of pastoral visiting taking place at present in an informal capacity, and it is very grateful for all the time that many of you spend caring
for and visiting friends and neighbours in the parish. It hopes that these informal arrangements will continue.
However, the Kirk Session agreed at their last meeting that it would be good to set up a more formal arrangement for Pastoral Visits in the Parish, with a view to supporting our Minister in the future. Clearly the time available for Pastoral Visiting will be limited in a 50% ministry.
We are looking for volunteers to form a Pastoral Care team, the main aim of which will be to offer a listening ear, companionship or support to those in the parish or members of the congregation who need it. Please contact Shirley Young or Winifred Narbrough (Safeguarding Coordinators) for more information. The Church of Scotland operates a Safeguarding Policy and follows safe recruitment practice. Anyone taking on this more formal arrangement will be required to be a member of the PVG Scheme under the terms of the protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scot) Act 2007.
Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37)
Can you please contact the Session Clerk or any elder if you or anyone you know is admitted to hospital and would like a visit.
Although hospitals do ask for religious affiliation and denomination, admission details are not passed on to the minister.
It would be useful for you to have: the persons name (their actual name), hospital and ward number.
Please also remember to tell the minister when someone is discharged from hospital. The minister can only visit if he knows people are there.