Caring for One Another

Pastoral Care is a shared responsibility of all the people: clergy and lay. This shared responsibility begins with awareness so that we can provide a continuing response to joy or sorrow, allowing the Church to walk with its members.

Pastoral Care is a shared responsibility of all the people: clergy and lay. This shared responsibility begins with awareness so that we can provide a continuing response to joy or sorrow, allowing the Church to walk with its members.

The Clergy Team

The Clergy Team meet weekly to discuss those with expressed pastoral needs and to devise a schedule of appropriate contacts. Read more on the Clergy Team page.

How Do I Contact the Clergy in Case of a Pastoral Emergency?

During the summer if you have any pastoral need—a hospitalization, death or some other urgent event that you believe a pastoral presence would be helpful—please call the church office, 804-359-5628 ext. 17. If your call is directed to voicemail, the message will tell you who is on call and how to reach them. Email is often not the fastest way to reach us, especially on our days off.

The Lay Pastoral Care Team

The Lay Pastoral Team takes the “big view” and ascertains what pastoral needs might be met through the formation of special groups, classes or activities. Read more on the Lay Pastoral Care Team page.

How you Can Help with Pastoral Care

Even if you can’t be part of one of the teams, you have an important role in pastoral care. Some of the best pastoral care happens in informal ways. You can speak to the people around you in the pews on Sunday, get to know them and support them with your prayers and friendship. Also, every Team or Committee meeting at Grace and Holy Trinity Church can start with prayer and also with a time for “checking in.” Checking in gives people a chance to share personal news, such as an up-coming wedding or the hospitalization of a family member. This kind of interpersonal caring and concern provides some of the best pastoral care there is and helps make us a strong church community.

The Prayer Group

The Prayer Group is a group of people who volunteer to receive a prayer list from the church each week and commit to praying for all the people on the list each day (or as often as possible). The members of this group offer these prayers independently and in accordance with each intercessor’s schedule. Any name placed on this list is held in confidence. Intercessors may send notes or speak one-on-one to the people for whom they are praying, but information will not be shared further. If you are interested in being a member of the group, please contact the Clergy.

The Shawl Ministry

The Shawl Ministry consists of a group of talented knitters who create beautiful blankets or shawls. These are brought to the altar to be blessed and then they are taken to members and friends of our parish. The shawls are accompanied by our prayers and allow the recipients to be surrounded by our love. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Betsy Featherstone.

Random Acts

Random Acts is a group which makes regular contact with those who are the primary caregivers for a loved one. Care giving can often be a lonely undertaking and it helps to know that others are grateful for those efforts. Contact Nancy Perkins for more information.

Note Writing

Church note paper is kept at the back of the church so that anyone may pick up one and send a note to someone who was remembered in the Prayers of the People. This is a very powerful and effective way to extend our prayers.

Planning for the End of Life

The Church believes and teaches that we have a duty to make provisions for our family upon the event of our death.  This should include planning your funeral, preparing a will and, when you are able, to make charitable bequests to institutions and causes that have been important in your life.  The clergy would be happy to meet with you to discuss these issues and help you plan your funeral or leave instructions for what you would like.  This is a gift to our family and loved ones because it spares them, in their time of grief, having to make these decisions. Here is a booklet of resources to help you plan your funeral and make other end of life decisions.   Here is a list of resources for legal help, care-giving, national health care questions, and how to manage digital assets at the time of a loved one’s death or in preparation for your own death.  Here is a helpful list “5 Legal Documents Everyone Should Have”.  Please contact the clergy if you have any questions.

The Columbarium at Grace and Holy Trinity Church

Christian tradition has looked upon burial as the final act of faith, a witness to one’s belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life.  In recent years, cremation with committal of cremated remains, rather than burial, has become more common.  Grace and Holy Trinity Church is pleased that a new chapel and columbarium will soon be completed as part of our renovation.  To learn more about it please refer to these documents:  Columbarium Documents part 1  and Columbarium Documents part 2.  If you have any questions please contact the Clergy.

 Meal Train – A Great Way to Deliver Meals to Those Who Need the Support

Friends going through a difficult or challenging time due to a birth, surgery, illness, etc., could use some help. Willing friends, neighbors, colleagues, and congregation members would love to meet this need, if they only knew what to do. An organized meal train gives them a way to show they care by cooking and taking a meal to a friend or family member. Meal Train is a free service and web site designed to help eliminate the confusion related to meal giving. Create a meal train for someone in need at the Meal Train web site.