Homebound and shut-in outreach ministry ideas for your church

With HomeTouch®, you can create a Christian-based outreach ministry to your homebound members.

Homebound and senior adult outreach ministry ideas

These special parishioners who are part of your shut-in ministry or homebound ministry and are not able to attend worship services are often the forgotten members of the church.

Senior adults and those who are sick or confined to their homes, nursing homes or hospital beds, would love to attend worship services, church programs and other church events to experience the fellowship and community of their church family on a regular basis.

HomeTouch is no substitute for personal contact, but it can provide outreach ministry ideas to help you fill the void your homebound parishioners may feel when they are no longer able to be physically active and present in church. HomeTouch offers content suited for your homebound ministry — ideas to help your homebound minister and volunteers create a loving, ministering connection with your shut ins and other members, who, for whatever reason, are not able to be a part of the physical church family.

HomeTouch provides sick and shut-in ministry resources such as a weekly Christian devotional letter and activities that help your senior adults or other homebound members feel remembered and appreciated. Use HomeTouch to remind those who are sick or shut into their homes or care facilities of your church's concern for their emotional and spiritual well-being.

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Reach your sick and homebound church members every week.

As part of your outreach ministry ideas for your senior adults or homebound members, you can send or deliver a personal package from your church with activities and devotionals from HomeTouch. The package will contain two pages printed in larger type for easy visibility, reminding your homebound parishioners of how much they are remembered and loved.

Hometouch Devotional Example for Sick and Shut-in ministry

The devotional page includes a thought for the week, a prayer and a short, inspirational message. It also includes room for a personalized message or signature from the pastor, senior adult minister, homebound minister or visitation volunteer.

Hometouch Activity Page example  for Sick and Shut-in ministry

The activity page is important because your shut-ins have so much time on their hands. This engaging page is full of things to do during those long hours of the day. Each activity is based on the Bible or church life and helps stimulate the homebound parishioner’s mind.

HomeTouch is completely reproducible content for your sick and shut-in ministry. We send you the masters for the devotionals and activity pages for every week. You make as many copies as you need, and then mail the copies to your homebound members. Or even better, your homebound minister can deliver a packet as part of a pastoral visit. Visitation by church volunteers or family members is another great way to share HomeTouch with your homebound and hospitalized members. In addition to using the content for your church's homebound ministry, you can also use the packets for any outreach ministry ideas and programs that your church engages in, including hospitals and nursing homes that you visit. Visit our samples page to view and download a free PDF that you can print.

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Caring for your homebound and shut-in members

Care for the caregivers.

Caring for a loved one can put pressure and strain on even the most resilient person. If you have ever been a caregiver or have known one, you understand how straining it can be physically, emotionally and spiritually. Caregivers often put their own health and spiritual well-being aside to take care of the one they love.

HomeTouch can also provide homebound ministry ideas to help the caregivers of sick or shut-in members - especially the elderly spouse or family member caregiver - who may be unable to leave the side of their loved one. HomeTouch provides activities and Christian devotionals that help foster engagement and communication among loved ones at home or during hospital or nursing home visits. This important outreach can help to spiritually revive caregivers and keep their minds focused on the Good News of the Bible — while also letting them know the church is remembering them as well as the homebound person.


HomeTouch Ministry's Quarterly Newsletter provides ideas for the church to grow your outreach.

Hometouch Quarterly Newsletter for Homebound Ministry Image

And here's something more. With HomeTouch, you will also receive a quarterly newsletter for the pastor or visitation volunteer. Each newsletter provides homebound ministry ideas to keep your senior adults or shut-in members connected with church life. Plus, it includes material and information about homebound or senior adults that you can use in your church's own newsletter—all to help strengthen and grow your outreach ministry to these special members.

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Caring for those in nursing homes with outreach ministry ideas

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