Pastoral Visitors are there to represent the Church through a ‘ministry of presence’, a ministry which is fundamentally about listening. Pastoral Visitors are involved with visiting people such as those who are unwell, recently bereaved, in residential homes, or simply needing company.
Offering a ‘ministry of presence’ to those in need.
Diocese of Llandaff
Who am I and what do I do?
I name is Kath Lawley and I am 59. I am a lay pastoral visitor in the Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch in Cardiff. In my own parish I coordinate a seven-strong lay pastoral team, which visits parishioners who are in need of time and company. Some of the team are also trained for bereavement visiting.
Training/Qualification to do the role
I trained in 2003 on a diocesan course, and now help train others across south-east Wales.
What Ministry means to me
“The team and I feel that lay pastoral visiting is something that we have been called to do. Whatever we are able to give people, we get back many times over. It is such a huge privilege. It is truly uplifting to undertake this ministry, and to be able to give time to, and listen to people when they need support”.