Pastoral Care at St. John’s
Commitment to Pastoral Care is a priority at St. John’s. It is the way we minister to each other. It incorporates the work that is shared by clergy and can include visiting the ill and homebound, being present with the dying and grieving, and supporting spiritual care. It also involves work performed by lay persons, including tasks such as, sending greeting cards to parishioners, home, and hospital visits by trained Lay Eucharistic Visitors, and providing meals in emergency situations.
We are dedicated to providing lifelong care to our members and to bringing Christ’s love and compassion into times of great happiness and great sorrow so that we share each other’s joys and burdens. Included below are some of the ways we use in caring for our members and those in our community.
Pastoral Visits & Hospital Visitation
If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please call us as soon as you can and let our clergy know. Clergy are available for visitation, Communion, Anointing of the Sick, and Ministration to the Dying.
There are times in life when we simply need someone to be present with us. Sometimes it is a moment of crisis, other times it is support to those who are otherwise lonely. The clergy work with a team of members who are dedicated to helping make these regular visits. We work to schedule regular visits for those we know are in need and do our best to respond to other needs as they emerge.
If you would like to receive pastoral care, contact us through the church for more information about these offerings and someone will contact you. A video conference or, if necessary, a personal visit may also be arranged.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
When to Call a Priest
Any parishioner may call at any time during the day or night, seven days a week, in the event of a pastoral crisis such as a death in the family, serious illness, an accident, or any other pastoral emergency.
If possible, a priest should be called whenever someone is near death in order to administer Last Rites and pray with the family.
Please call the Pastoral Care Team at Saint John’s:
- When someone is ill or hospitalized.
- When someone is experiencing distress and needs pastoral care.
- When someone wants to discuss spiritual or theological matters.
- When someone has reason to celebrate.
- When someone wishes to talk to gain spiritual comfort.
Anyone may contact the church to set up an appointment for a non-crisis visitation by calling the Office.
Wednesday Service of Healing and Hope
Greeting Card Ministry
Meal Train Ministry
While prayers and presence are the mainstays of pastoral care, there are times when we have other immediate needs as well. Meal Train volunteers organize meals to be delivered by parishioners or local restaurants following such occasions as a birth, surgery, or illness, etc. The MEAL TRAIN app makes ministry easy for volunteers.
While it cannot meet long term needs, a few meals can make a big difference as one returns home from the hospital or is in other temporary need.