Priests, religious and lay people with an interest in the task of evangelisation but unable to commit on a full time basis, can still contribute and participate by becoming a Volunteer Visitor.
People from all walks of life are encouraged and helped to gain first hand experience of house-to-house parishioner visitation by working alongside specially trained members of Sion Community on a one week placement during the visiting week on one of our Parish Missions.
To ensure that Volunteer Visitors are properly equipped, new volunteers attend one of Sion Community’s twice yearly practical training courses on One-to-One Evangelisation called “Pass-It-On”, which include teaching, group discussion and practical assignments.
The weekend long courses examine and explore effective ways of communicating the Gospel message in today's society.There is also a requirement that everybody that does visiting with us must be CRB checked. If you have not gone through the procedure you can obtain more details through your Parish.
Volunteer visiting is a unique and privileged experience. To leave our normal routine and enter the lives of strangers, inviting them to a personal encounter with the Lord is refreshing, renewing... It's like a retreat; we move closer to the life of the Community and the life in the Spirit; The team prays, works, eats,(laughs!) together and our daily routine centres on the Lord; we evangelise each other, and when we approach the door of a home, we know that we are preceded by Him who "stands at the door and knocks", and the joy of knowing this, and of meeting Him in the person we visit is awe-inspiring!
Michael and Val Kearns