River Community Church Lay Pastoral Care Committee consists of
five distinct units that function concurrently with, and in
addition to, the pastoral care provided by the Minister, the
Voluntary Associate Minister and a Student Intern, when
applicable. Currently, lay pastoral care is coordinated by the
Voluntary Associate Minister.
units of pastoral care are:
Lay hospital visitors;
Lay pastoral care
Lay people who deliver
sermons from the previous Sunday;
Informal lay pastoral
Lay Hospital Visitors
the Deep River District Hospital’s interpretation of the Privacy
Laws, it is quite difficult to learn who is in the hospital.
Thus it is helpful if the minister or voluntary associate
minister notify the lay person on duty of anyone who is in the
visiting schedule needs to be prepared for the beginning of each
year, as each lay hospital visitor covers one week out of five.
present there are 30 lay telephoners each with 8 – 10 people
with whom to stay in contact. There is a set of guidelines for
the telephoners to follow. Additionally, it is recommended that
the chair of the Lay Pastoral Committee meet with the
telephoners at least twice a year – near the beginning of Advent
and near the beginning of Lent to give the some conversation
suggestions to be used when making their calls.
Lay Pastoral Care Visitors
present there are 11 lay pastoral care visitors, who keep in
touch with certain persons, visiting them as often as possible.
Training is provided annually, including a presentation by the
Leading with Care Committee.
Lay Sermon Deliverers
present, 20 people receive copies of the sermon for each Sunday,
usually by Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week. One
person receives them by mail.
Informal Lay Pastoral Care
pastoral care is continually encouraged and frequently provided
on an on-going, informal basis by the outreach of countless
individuals who make a point of showing concern at coffee hour
after worship and during chance encounters in the community.
(This would not be formalized by the Chair of Lay Pastoral