I was sick and you visited me.
At the Forest Lake Church we make it a priority to visit our church family members whenever they are hospitalized or are unable to attend church regularly due to illness or physical inability. We have a team of volunteers, led by Pastor Keyla Robinson, who all delight in the ministry of visitation.
Who Needs Visitation:
- People who are hospitalized
- Elderly people, especially shut-ins
- People who are sick for a prolonged period of time
- People living in nursing homes unable to attend weekly services
- Bereaved individuals
- People in crisis (family, relational, spiritual, etc.)
Volunteers: What Should Happen During A Visit:
- Spend most of your time listening
- Be sensitive with what you do say (i.e., the kind of stories you tell of people in similar situations)
- Remember that you are there for them and not for yourself so be respectful
- Offer to pray with or for them (i.e. ask if there is something specific you can pray about)
- While scheduling your home visit (on the phone) ask if he/she needs something from church (i.e. last week’s bulletin, tithe envelopes, sermons on DVD, etc.)
- Before leaving ask if there is anything the church can do for him/her. Depending on the need, offer to share it with the pastors and leaders of the church.
- Most importantly, keep your visit to a reasonable time (15-20 minutes should be sufficient for most visits).
If you know of someone who needs visitation, please contact the church office at 407.869.0680 or Pastor Keyla at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you feel God has equipped you with the gift of hospitality and visitation and would like to become involved in our ministry, please contact Pastor Keyla.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.