Pastoral Care

pastoral-care

A hallmark of a growing faith community is the way we care for one another through all the various circumstances of life. At its heart, the entire parish is the pastoral care team. After all, Christ’s call to us is that we “love our neighbor as ourselves”. Often, when the rector becomes aware of somebody facing a particular concern, he’ll connect them with another parishioner who’s been through a similar experience. That connection could simply be getting together once for coffee or developing an ongoing relationship. We also have several established pastoral care ministries, listed below.

Counsel and Visitation The rector is always available to schedule a time to talk and pray about what’s going on in your life; just call the office to set up a time. In the case of an emergency, call him directly on his cell phone, 253-509-3749. He can also help connect you with the right care giver for ongoing therapeutic counseling.

The Parish Nurse Betty Coons, a retired nurse, is now the volunteer nurse for our parish and runs a variety of programs focused on the care of our physical bodies, including the Senior Sneakers, a free exercise class open to the whole community (Monday – Thursday, 9-10am, in the Fellowship Hall). She also oversees a meal ministry, bringing food to people in times of need. For more info about Betty’s ministries, contact her at beejcoons@comcast.net.

The Circle Group is a confidential support group for senior women who are either widowed or serving as care givers for their husbands. The group is living into a vital spirituality fostered by this stage of life. To learn more, contact Cathy Schneider at cathclose@aol.com. The next Circle Group will meet Thursday, February 13th, at 9 am.

The Prayer Shawl Group knits prayer shawls that are then blessed and delivered to people going through difficult seasons of life. Knitting these shawls becomes a “prayer of the hands” and for those who receive them, they become a tangible reminder of the love of God and our church. To get involved with the Prayer Shawl Ministry, contact Liz Osborn at liz.osborn@centurylink.net.

Eucharistic Visitors are parishioners who have been trained and licensed to deliver home communion to parishioners who are unable to attend church. These visits are both an occasion to receive the holy sacrament as well as to maintain life-giving fellowship within the parish. To request a Eucharistic visit, please contact The Rev. Eric Stelle at rector@stjohnsgigharbor.org or Cathy Schneider at cathclose@aol.com.

Prayers after Service are available for individuals immediately after the Sunday services. Just come to the side of the church where the red votive candles are lit.