You may have noticed several of our members wearing a badge that says, “Watchful Shepherd.” Who are these people and what are they doing?
The formal name for the Watchful Shepherds is the Congregational Safety Team and they are a creation of the Safe Congregations Committee (who administers the Team). Their goal is to make sure that whether one of our volunteers cuts their finger doing dishes, or someone decides to complain about one of our social justice programs, you can continue to be inspired, to socialize, and to enjoy the many benefits that our Fellowship has to offer. This is a “Safety Ministry” and their mission relates directly to keeping you safe from any actions, events, or activities that might jeopardize your health and well-being while you attend our traditional service.
So, what do The Watchful Shepherds actually do? Fairly simple, really. They prepare, and continue to be prepared, to assist all of our members during times of need, so that everyone not only feels safe, but are safe. They are trained in:
- Basic Emergency Medical Care
- Fire and Natural Disaster Preparedness
- Building and Grounds Safety
- Verbal De-Escalation (disruptive persons)
- Creating a Peaceful Environment
- Fellowship Services Support
Currently, there are eleven Shepherds. On Thursday, June 13th, at least five more candidates will attend the second Initial Training Session here at the Fellowship. Would you like to join us? If you would like more information about what is required or, about our Team, please contact our Safety Director, Debra Goelling, at: 336-793-6572, or via email at: email@example.com