The parish has a population in excess of 15,000 and St. Andrew's - as the parish church - has a pastoral responsibility towards everyone who lives within the parish boundaries.
There was a time - in the long-distant past - when it was expected that the Vicar should do all the visiting! In those simpler days, each parish had their own Vicar and there were far less demands on the time of the priest of the parish. Now, however, the ministry is far more complex than ever before (leading worship, training leaders, fundraising, chairing meetings, funerals, baptisms, weddings, school liaison, management tasks, administration, community liaison and so much more...). It is not possible in this day and age for the Vicar to take sole responsibility for pastoral care...
...nor is it desirable! The church is a community, a family: it is not one person in a dog-collar! Therefore, "a visit from St. Andrew's" is as valid from a lay person as a member of the clergy. When we offer pastoral care, we are a family showing concern - and so it is right and proper for the whole family to play a part in this ministry.
Pastoral Care Team
Counselling and Listening