Pastoral Care at St. Paul's
Our journeys on earth are filled with many roads. We are called to celebrate when they are paved with good fortune; and we are called to be companions to one another when the roads become bumpy. Pastoral care is a cornerstone of Christ's life and the ministry at St. Paul's.
How to Become Involved in Pastoral Care at St. Paul's. Anyone can care pastorally (ordainment is not required). St. Paul's nurtures the special gifts of a number of pastoral-care assistants, who feel called to accompany fellow parishioners. An especially dedicated group of pastoral-care associates meets weekly to review and respond to the pastoral needs of the parish, and dispatch pastoral-care assistants as needed. All who are able come together monthly for updates at meetings announced by the Rector. Pastoral care associates include the Rector and parishioners May Dickson, Sally Ray Griffith and Miffy Hall.
Pastoral-care Assistants at St. Paul's. Members of the congregation are encouraged to lend a hand as a Pastoral Care Assistant. These volunteers provide meals, transportation, a phone call, or just send a call of encouragement. Assistants sign up to do whatever meets their time limits and interests.
Lay Eucharistic visitors take communion to those unable to attend services. Anyone who is already a licensed Eucharistic minister is qualified to be a Eucharist visitor, with some additional training (provided). This ministry serves as a reminder that we are all part of one body, because we all share in one bread and one cup.
Intercessory prayer chain members pray for those whose names have been submitted confidentially for prayer. Each member pledges to offer intercessions daily, and is also intentional in having an openness to God's healing grace.