Eucharistic Visitors carry the sacraments to those who are ill and homebound as invited by the clergy and according to diocesan canons. Eucharistic Visitors are present as the bearer of the bread and wine on behalf of the faith community. In receiving the sacraments, people who are ill and/or homebound are nurtured, strengthened and comforted.
Pastoral Visitors make home or hospital visits to members of the congregation as invited by the clergy and according to diocesan canons. This ministry of presence brings hope and healing to those who experience life crises, who grieve loss, who live with terminal illness or chronic pain. Pastoral visits are a concrete reminder of the community’s care and concern during a specific time of need.
The Diocese of San Diego has established the following requirements for these ministries:
- Complete online Safeguarding God’s People, an Episcopal training that raises awareness of emotional and sexual abuse in the church, and supports practices of awareness, prevention and reporting.
- Participate in group training, led by a diocesan deacon.
- Be licensed by diocesan authorities.
- Serve with a team of lay and clergy leaders, making visits as you are able and meeting within the organization of this ministry in your church.
The good news is that this training is coming to St. Margaret’s on September 14, led by the Rev. Pam Rieger.
If you feel called to either or both of these ministries, please keep this date open on your calendar and stay tuned for the details about the workshop.