Visitation Ministry

A church that is alive and growing will be a visiting church!

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Hospital Ministry is essentially a crisis ministry. People who are experiencing illness or injury are in crisis. Their lives have been interrupted and changed. They are being confronted with pain and uncertainty about the future. They are in a strange environment and are probably having to be totally dependent on medical professionals for their continued welfare. They have little privacy, and even less control over their schedule. All of this places a person under stress and evokes in them emotional and behavioral responses that may be quite different from their normal style.

Ministry to people in crisis is a specialized ministry in many ways. It is conducted in the atmosphere of heightened emotions and reactions at best, and in the atmosphere of great tragedy and trauma at worst. In either case, the ministry team at SHORELINE enters this ministry situation with a great sensitivity to the needs of the person(s) involved, and responds to those needs with great sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Truly listening to the heart of an individual is one of the greatest gifts one can give to a person. Our Ministry Team listens and helps the hospitalized person put things into perspective. It helps him gain a sense of being understood and cared about. Having truly listened, the team is able to respond to the person with a great depth of understanding and empathy.

The Team is especially attentive to the patient's family members and the staff of the hospital, as they are sharing in this crisis with the patient. They will have their own reactions and feelings. In fact, it is not uncommon for family members to react to this crisis more intensely than the patient. By ministering to them, we also minister to the patient.

The Hospital Visitation Team is administered by Pastor Thomas Torrenti and Deacon Jack Devin. The Deacon Board is also responsible for the nurture and care of the Church Members and a select team, will minister to relatives and friends of the members. Visitation requests can be made by phone: 860-395-1713


General Visitation

AS SHORELINE continues to grow, it will become increasingly more difficult for the Senior Pastors to provide all the needed visitation, therefore, the Care Pastors and delegated Deacons will take on the responsibility of general visitation. Our desire is to provide prayerful and compassionate visitation for our church family.

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Beatitudes for Friends of the Aged by Esther Mary Walker


                            Blessed are they who understand my faltering step and palsied hand.
                            Blessed are they who know that my ears today must strain to catch the things they say.
                            Blessed are they who seem to know that my eyes are dim and my wits are slow.
                            Blessed are they who looked away when coffee spilled at table today.
                            Blessed are they with a cheery smile who stop to chat for a little while.
                            Blessed are they who never say, "You've told that story twice today."
                            Blessed are they who know the ways to bring back memories of yesterdays.
                            Blessed are they who make it known that I'm loved, respected and not alone.
                            Blessed are they who know I'm at a loss to find the strength to carry the Cross.
                            Blessed are they who ease the days on my journey Home in loving ways.