Care Team's Mission Statement
Compassion, comforting, counseling, contact
Assuring connection, answering questions
Rendering whatever services are needed including running errands
Ensuring continuity of contact with OSL
Matt 25: 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' 37Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' 40And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
CARE TEAM INSTRUCTIONS
For first-time shut-in Visitations
- If they have a telephone, you can call and make arrangements to stop by. If they are in care facility, you can stop by whenever it is convenient. Frequency can depend on if there is family close by who also make visits and/or the needs of the shut-in.
- Find out how often they would like visits.
- Introduce yourself as part of the Care Team of OSL. You should take copies of the week’s bulletin and What’s Happening with you so that you can share with them some of the highlights.
- Ask them questions about their lives, something that requires more than a yes or no. Sample: How long have been members of OSL? What family do they have? Let them do most of the talking – what did they do when they were working, etc. Unless they are comfortable with talking about their health, it is wise not to ask too many questions about it.
- If you are not able to call ahead and find they are not available when you arrive, write your name on the bulletin with a “Sorry, I missed you and will try to visit again” If possible, you might suggest when you may be return and give them your telephone number.
- Before you leave, please pray with them, either using the prayers in the bulletin or personalize prayers as well as praying the Lord’s Prayer. If they would like communion and you have not been trained, please contact Carol Jeppesen or Pastor Celeste.
- If there is any follow-up needed, i.e. a question they have and you don’t know the answer, please contact Pastor Celeste or someone who would know the answer. Then assure them, you will let them know the next time you visit or if they have a telephone, you can call them.
IMPORTANT – be yourself, show that you care! You are part of a very important ministry!
If you have any questions or if you are not comfortable with one of the people you visit, please let Carol Jeppesen know so we can decide the next step, i.e. contact Pastor Celeste or ask another memeber of the team to visit them.
Please let me know if you have questions or need something to help you.
Carol J. Jeppesen, Facilitator