Pastoral care is the heart of the faith community. It is central to fulfilling the high call of Jesus to “love one another as I have loved you”. The pastoral care team who cares for sick or shut-in parishioners by visits, letters, phone calls and lay Eucharistic minister visits. The committee monitors all those needing attention. The chair of the committee is in close contact with the Rector, so that both know who needs to be seen and where attention needs to be given. The Rector also provides confidential pastoral care to those in the congregation needing help of other kinds.
Cards and Correspondence: Cards, notes and Forward Day by Day pamphlets are sent to parishioners who cannot be in church on a regular basis. Home Touch is also mailed to the homebound.
Healing Prayers: Once a month individuals who have identified healing as one of their spiritual gifts offer laying on of hands and healing prayers during the 10:15 a.m. service.
Hospital and Home Visitors: Trained lay people visit the sick and homebound.
Eucharistic Visitors: Licensed parishioners distribute the Elements of the Eucharist from the Sunday or Wednesday service to those who can’t attend church.
Prayer Chain Ministry: The “Saints, Prophets, Disciples, Apostles and Angels” offer daily intercessory prayer for others in need.
Emergency Response Team: Ready to respond when meals, transportation or childcare are needed.
Prayer Shawl Ministry : Care and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace or those celebrating a wonderful milestone. The group meets monthly and/or works from home.
The rector regularly meets with parishioners concerning pastoral needs and encourages members to call.