Many years ago as a child I remember our church minister would unfailingly have visited our family home yearly and my df always warmed him up with a wee tot. Every member in the Parish received a visit.
I now live in another town. Dh has been a member of his Church for all of his life and also recalls when the Dean knew every family, he visited every family on a rolling pattern and was assisted by home visiting officers.
How things change - In the last 12 years have never received a visit from either the Rector or a home visitor. My Sister in law has been a member of this same church for her 65 years, being an officer in the youth organisations and a choir member/soloist. About 4 years ago when she was ill noone visited or contacted her, or queried her absence from the choir. She never went back.
I have gradually come to feel that at my funeral I do not want a Church Minister speaking of me who knows nothing about me.
Dollyjo I think that you, and other congregations members, deserve a home visit when ill. A visit that has been prompted does not have the same caring. There is something amiss when the minister or his appointed deputy was not aware (or whomever should have been responsible) - especially when your contributing presence both during and following services was absent.
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