Pastoral Visitors

Pastoral lay visiting allows people to experience a caring faith expressed in practical ways. The training given draws on the wisdom of Scripture, the insights of modern pastoral care thinking and the experience of people who have tried to live out the Christian life as faithful disciples through the ups and downs of contemporary social life. It draws on the experience and faith of the course participants as we reflect together on the challenges of how to live faithfully within the cultural context in which the church finds itself. Worship, prayer and reflection will be integrated throughout.

pastoral visitor

This training is for those who feel they want to help care for people as Pastoral Lay Visitors in their own local setting. A course is due to start in the autumn of 2013 in the Bishopston/Killay area co-led by Ian, Director of Ministry and Reader Felicity Padley.


The training

The course might be run through a series of seven evening sessions followed by a Commissioning Service, or on a ‘block’ day session basis over four occasions (located centrally and finishing with a Commissioning Service). It includes:

  • Exploring the different skills required for effective listening
  • Opportunities for sharing experience and ideas about good practice in pastoral visiting
  • Careful consideration of important issues relating to safe pastoral care, trust and confidentiality
  • An understanding of the place of pastoral lay ministry within the wider life and mission of the Church
  • An appreciation of what is distinctive about Christians involved in pastoral care

To find out more about  Pastoral Visitor training, please contact Rev Ian Rees,

01792 920946,