St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
There's a place for you here.
Many people at St. Stephen’s benefit from the pastoral care of their fellow parishioners. Homebound parishioners and others who need a special touch receive regular visits, baked goods, cards and notes, and seasonal remembrances from Lay Visitors, and homebound parishioners and parishioners who are in the hospital receive Communion from Eucharistic Visitors (also known as Lay Eucharistic Ministers). The Prayer Shawl Ministry gathers weekly in prayer and fellowship to knit prayer shawls for others.
In order to make sure that St. Stephen’s provides the special touch that our parishioners need when they need it, our pastoral care ministries strive to work closely together to provide more effective pastoral care to more people on a more consistent basis. Our goal is to better coordinate and cover the needs of all of our members—those who give and those who receive pastoral care, and we do this through Pastoral Care Teams who meet monthly. Gatherings include prayer, assignments, reporting, training and mutual care around the responsibilities team members encounter. In addition to visits and Communion, team members have delivered Easter bookmarks, Thanksgiving cards, and St. Stephen’s Advent calendars, and cookies made by pastoral care team members.
Pastoral care is a ministry for all of us. We hope that you will participate in any way that you feel called to do.
I would like to receive pastoral care from St. Stephen's (visit, prayer list, home communion, etc.)