Pastoral Care and Support
Pastoral Care Ministries
Christ Church Cares’ pastoral support ministries are staffed with women and men who offer their time and talent to reach out with God’s love to those experiencing changes, challenges or particular difficulties.
Eucharistic Visitors Ministry
Laity who have been licensed by the bishop to take communion to home-bound or hospitalized parishioners.
Contact Deb Hardegree
Teams who divide the weekly altar flowers into smaller bouquets and deliver them to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes.
Contact Suzanne Mulvee
Good Samaritan Ministry
“Handymen” who are available to help disabled or physically-challenged parishioners with minor home repairs.
Contact Jim Whitlow
A network of parishioners who pray daily for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of those who have requested their support.
Contact Deb Holton
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Parishioners who create shawls for those who are grieving, facing life-threatening illness, etc. Prayer shawls serve as reminders of prayers prayed.
Contact Robin Sheppard
Volunteers periodically transport those who, because of age or infirmity, are not able to drive to doctor appointments, church, etc.
Contact John Arrowsmith
Compassionate individuals who visit parishioners in hospitals or care facilities, or who are homebound.
Contact Mary Alice Wester
Savvy Job Hunters Ministry
Gifted professionals who offer monthly workshops to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for the unemployed, under-employed, or less-than-happily employed.
Contact Pam Ottesen
Compassionate individuals who provide receptions for bereaved families and friends following funerals or memorial services.
Contact Carol McManus
New Baby Ministry
Dedicated parishioners who support and encourage families that are expecting children, either by birth or adoption. The New Baby Ministry also provides information on the liturgies of Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child, as well as Holy Baptism.
Contact Catherine Montgomery
Director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministry
Every parishioner at Christ Church has a shepherd whose role is to link those facing challenges and changes with a selection of pastoral care ministries that offer support and encouragement during difficult times in life. Shepherds have extensive training in pastoral care and observe absolute confidentiality. Find Your Shepherd
Contact Ellen Harrell
If you are feeling burdened or overwhelmed, the Stephen Ministry is here to help you. A Stephen Minister is a trained, lay member of the congregation who, as a caring and supportive Christian, is always available for you in times of illness, grief or crisis.
A Stephen Minister will:
- Visit with you regularly, at mutually beneficial times and places
- Be absolutely confidential
- Offer referrals and resources as needed
- Pray for you
- Offer Christian love and support
If you are hurting, recently suffered a loss, feel like changes or problems are taking over your life, or in any way doubt God’s presence and love for you, please consider asking for a Stephen Minister.
Contact Karol Wanner
Christ-Centered Advance Care Planning
This quarterly workshop and ongoing ministry is focused on ensuring that the uncertainties that occur in the lives of many people at the time of their passing do not have to occur in your life.It is about learning what those uncertainties include, dealing with them proactively, and communicating your decisions and wishes to your loved ones.
Contact Brian Mickley
Walking the Mourner’s Path
Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered bereavement and grief support program. It is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry working with Christ Church. Its purpose is to transform your grief into joyful living by offering the outstretched hand of Christ during mourning. This program is presented periodically. Once per week for eight weeks, eight to 10 participants meet for a 90-minute session. A workbook offers questions for reflection, and exercises help you define a new relationship with your loved one and find God’s direction for your life. As a participant, you are not required to share, however you are provided a safe environment in which to express as little or as much as you need. More information can be found at http://www.mournerspath.com.
For more information on Christ Church Cares’ system of pastoral support ministry, contact:
Pastoral Care Coordinator
904-285-7390, ext. 228
The Rev. Keith Oglesby