THE refocusing of a team that offers support to people who are ill, lonely or infirm looks set to see their services expanded to the wider community.
The pastoral team at St Wystan’s Church, in Repton, has been working on a new scheme to help its congregation, but is also working on a plan to help others across South Derbyshire.
The scheme will be overseen by Reverend Martin Flowerdew and will involve the work of a dedicated group of volunteers.
He said: “The pastoral team has been working on a new scheme to support those worshipping at St Wystan’s Church, and eventually it is hoped to offer this to the wider community.
“Pastoral care is seen as offering friendship and help to those who might be lonely or anxious, or who suffer from illness or infirmity and would welcome visits or assistance.
“We will aim to provide comfort, reassurance and practical support.
“Care currently being provided by a range of people in the area is greatly valued.
“We hope that what we offer will be seen as complementary.
“The scheme will be overseen by me and a pastoral assistant.
“Having been prepared and trained, each pastoral visitor will be assigned a number of people to keep in contact with.
“All this will be done on a voluntary basis, with regular review and re-appraisal, and will meet all regulatory requirements. The team hopes to start recruiting visitors soon.
“I am excited by this initiative and, as we move from talking and planning to doing and providing, I sense that very good things are happening in our church.
“I thank everyone who is giving their time and energy to move these areas forward.”
This new scheme came about following a survey among churchgoers, and talks have stretched back for the past two years.
The discussions also included several other community organisations in and around the district.
Anyone wishing to get involved with the scheme is urged to email Rev Flowerdew at firstname.lastname@example.org