At All Saints’, clergy and laity share the responsibility for pastoral care. It sometimes comes from a group organized for a particular ministry; and sometimes it’s simply a telephone call, a note, a visit or a meal.
Parishioners take flowers and communion to homebound and shut-in parishioners, cook meals for those with new births in the family or who are greiving the loss of a loved one, prepare receptions for funerals, and more. Supporting one another through life’s ups and downs is a central part of being together as the body of Christ.
If you are interested in any of the pastoral care ministries, contact the Rev. Marta Sterne.
Participants engage in a ministry of companionship and listening among parishioners and our parish neighbors. Trained volunteers are paired with individuals in the congregation who are experiencing a wide variety of stressful situations (grief, illness, family troubles, etc). The purpose is to lend a listening ear and prayerful support to those folks in our community in need of such a presence in their life.
Couples – engaged, partnered, newlywed, mature, and empty-nester’s – are assisted in strengthening their relationships through weekend workshops led by trained All Saints’ facilitators.
Contact: Emily Roselli
E-Care is the parish’s e-mail based network for intercessory prayer requests and meal delivery needs. Most importantly, members of E-Care pray for the specific prayer requests of parishioners in need. Members receive e-mail messages several times a week concerning births, hospitalizations, deaths, and other life events in our parish family. E-Care members also prepare and deliver meals to parishioners who have had a new baby or are dealing with illness. E-Care is an important way for our large parish to be a family for one another.
Each Sunday a parishioner trained in Eucharistic Ministry receives blessed sacraments that can be taken and given to any homebound or hospitalized church member. Call the church office to request that communion be delivered to you or a loved one in the parish.
Contact: Ann Higdon
Guild of the Good Shepherd
The purpose of the Guild is to help those who are bereaved by providing hospitality at the church before or after a funeral or memorial service. Volunteers work on a monthly basis with team co-captains.
Contact: Sarah Hill or Elizabeth Robertson
A healing Eucharist is held every Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. in the chapel. Prayers for healing are also offered after the Eucharist every Sunday at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services in the chapel.
Sunday Callers deliver altar flowers to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or simply in need of a little cheer. We meet after the 11:15 service to make the arrangements. We need more Sunday Callers! Please join us in this wonderful ministry of service.
Contact: Helen Pinkston-Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-772-6771 for more information.
From time to time, support groups are formed to provide companionship for those wrestling with common concerns. Grief, divorce, and vocational transition are among the situations addressed by parish support groups.