The Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Team takes the “big view” and ascertains how pastoral needs are met by forming groups, classes, or activities. Past programs include Lenten prayer programs and meals for community members during life events (Death of a loved one, Divorce, Birth or Adoption of a Child, Loss of job, etc.). Contact Duane Nettles to learn more.
If you feel the need for support but aren’t sure what kind of help you may need, check out this document put together by the clergy and a mental health professional in the congregation to help figure out options.
The Lay Pastoral Visitors
Lay Pastoral Visitors make regular contact with members who need additional spiritual support. Members of the team make personal visits and telephone calls, remember birthdays, and celebrate other important events. They also check on their folks in the event of natural disasters.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the vestry have taken the lead on this peer to peer ministry. The vestry called to every member of the congregation to check in periodically throughout this crisis. Members have formed prayer pods, provided meals to families during the first week of a challenging school year, and even offered to run errands, mow lawns and go grocery shopping if needed. There are also individuals knitting and crocheting prayer shawls, sewing masks, and putting together ideas for seasonal support networks while continuing to be socially distant from one another.
“We who are many are one, because we share one Bread and one Cup.”