Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Mission

At Christ Church, each of us is a member of a caring community. We offer a variety of ministries to provide help, comfort, care, and support for one another. One of the deepest longings of a human being is to feel needed and essential. Through compassionate listening, empathy, and confidentiality, all of us, lay and ordained, share in the ministry of representing Christ and His Church, bearing witness to God wherever we may be; and, according to the gifts given to us, carrying on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world. Our mission is to create a community in which the joys and sorrows of life are honored and consecrated, so that no one walks alone at Christ Church.

Care and Support - Pastoral Care Committees

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Eucharistic Visitors

"Because we who are many are one body in Christ, we share one bread, one cup."

"Because we who are many are one body in Christ, we share one bread, one cup."

Eucharistic Visitors are lay persons who have been trained by clergy and licensed by the Bishop to take communion to the homebound, hospitalized or those who for other reasons are not able to attend church services. The ministry is led by Suzanne McLarnon and Katie Bradbury.

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If you would like to receive a visit from a Eucharistic Visitors please contact Sarah Johnson at the church office.

Telecare

Telecare is a layperson phone ministry which provides meaningful contact with parishioners who have recently celebrated a birth, suffered a loss, been in the hospital, had a loved one who has recently been in the hospital or those who are homebound.

Telecare is a layperson phone ministry which provides meaningful contact with parishioners who have recently celebrated a birth, suffered a loss, been in the hospital, had a loved one who has recently been in the hospital or those who are homebound.

The Telecare callers will discuss how things are going, ask if there are prayer concerns, will let the members know that Christ Church is thinking of them, and will ask if there are questions or comments to be passed on to the Clergy. The Telecare ministry is led by Anna Bess Brown and Stephani Humrickhouse.

Contact: Anna Bess Brown

Hospital Visitors

Parishioners are visited in healthcare facilities by fellow parishioners who bring compassion and concern.

A member of the Hospital Visitors Ministry will visit you or a loved one in healthcare facilities during a time of need.

The ministry is active 52 weeks a year and visits six local hospitals and seven continuing care and rehabilitation facilities. If you would like a visit from Christ Church clergy or a Hospital Visitor please contact Sarah Johnson.

Contact: Doug Holbrook

Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry program provides one-on-one spiritual companionship by a trained parishioner for those experiencing a crises, loss, or life transition.

The Stephen Ministry program provides one-on-one spiritual companionship by a trained parishioner for those experiencing a crises, loss, or life transition.

There is no “approved” list of complaints for which Stephen Ministers are available. If you are having a tough time and want someone to talk it over with, you are a potential candidate for connecting with a Stephen Minister. People go through difficult times for many reasons: grief over the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness -- but there are other life crises, too, some that might not be so apparent to others, or so easy to name in one or two words. The Stephen Minister is a listening ear for people who need to talk through their problems, because often the answers are already there, within themselves.

Contact: Cece Scott, Tom Boyle
Training: Weekly for a period of six months, for a total of 50 hours.
Meetings: Twice a month for Peer Group Supervision.

Caregiver Support

The Caregiver Support Group provides companionship, advice, and support for those involved with caring for a loved one.

The Caregiver Support Group provides companionship, advice, and support for those involved with caring for a loved one.

This group meets regularly, on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Contact: The Rev. Meg Buerkel Hunn

Grief Support

This group meets periodically to share experiences as well as help each other manage loss.

This group meets periodically to share experiences as well as help each other manage loss.

The Grief Support ministry is lead by Nell Joslin. Please contact Nell to learn more about how these group sessions could provide a benefit if you are experiencing a loss e.g., death of a loved one.

Contact: Contact Nell Joslin or Jenny Skinner

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild delivers flowers to sick members of the congregation or to those with special needs.

The Flower Guild delivers flowers to sick members of the congregation or to those with special needs.

Every Sunday following the 11 a.m. service, two members of the Flower Guild take the flowers from the altar to deliver to parishioners who may be sick, recovering from an illness or surgery, experienced a death or to acknowledge an anniversary of a death or other special circumstances. Poinsettias are also delivered after Christmas to those parishioners who were unable to attend Christmas services.

Contact: Martha Abernethy or Lynnie Mitchell

Friendly Visitors

Friendly Visitors are lay people who are assigned to visit members of our church who are homebound, unable to come to church, or may need a friend during a potentially difficult time of their lives.

Friendly Visitors are lay people who are assigned to visit members of our church who are homebound, unable to come to church, or may need a friend during a potentially difficult time of their lives.

The Friendly Visitor program strives to help parishioners maintain social interaction with other members of Christ Church and let them know that the community has not forgotten them and is there to help if there is a need.

Contact: The Rev. Jenny Brown

Pastor's Aide

Members of the ECW prepare and deliver casseroles to parishioners who are ill or experiencing stressful situations. They also mail a book to new babies.

Members of the ECW prepare and deliver casseroles to parishioners who are ill or experiencing stressful situations. They also mail a book to new babies.

Contact: Sarah Johnson

Healing Ministry

The Healing Ministry is a group of trained lay volunteers who assist the clergy with healing prayers at the Celtic Service the first Sunday of each month and any other special services or events at the request of the clergy.

The Healing Ministry is a group of trained lay volunteers who assist the clergy with healing prayers at the Celtic Service the first Sunday of each month and any other special services or events at the request of the clergy.

Contact: The Rev. Meg Buerkel Hunn

Supporting Our Soldiers

The Support Our Soldiers ministry sends packages to deployed men and women in our Armed Forces.

The Support Our Soldiers ministry sends packages to deployed men and women in our Armed Forces.

The Support Our Soldiers Ministry is led by Katherine Bratton. Care packages are sent twice a year to deployed men and women who are part of the Christ Church family. Names are solicited from the congregation and family members. These military members are placed on the Christ Church prayer list throughout their deployment.

Contact: Katherine Bratton

Daughters of the King

Members of Daughters Of The King take vows of prayer and service and wear daily the Greek cross of the order as a symbol of their commitment to the mission of the order.

Members of Daughters Of The King take vows of prayer and service and wear daily the Greek cross of the order as a symbol of their commitment to the mission of the order.

Daughters of the King is a national order for women of the Episcopal Church, with chapters in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America.

The order at Christ Church, called the Faith Chapter, meets monthly to offer prayers for those whose names are provided through clergy, fellow parishioners and the parish prayer list. In addition, members of the order offer outreach services twice a year to Glenwood Towers and Carriage House.

Contact: Sandra Smith or Kathy Shonerd for additional information and to learn of training opportunities to become a member of this national order.

Funeral Guild

The Funeral Guild provides a light reception in the Parish Hall or court yard following funerals held at Christ Church. The food for the reception is prepared by the Kitchen Guild.

The Funeral Guild provides a light reception in the Parish Hall or court yard following funerals held at Christ Church. The food for the reception is prepared by the Kitchen Guild. The co-chairs for this committee are Susie Small and Justina Smith.

If the family does not request a reception following a funeral, then a volunteer will instead deliver a casserole to the family.

Contact: Susie Small

Prayer Shawl Guild

The Prayer Shawl Guild is a group of women who meet monthly for fellowship and knitting and crocheting shawls. These shawls represent the love of God and Christ Church and are delivered by the clergy to those in need of comfort.

The Prayer Shawl Guild is a group of women who meet monthly for fellowship and knitting and crocheting shawls. These shawls represent the love of God and Christ Church and are delivered by the clergy to those in need of comfort.

These shawls are made of a special yarn that is soft and comforting. Shawls are prayed over by members and placed in special boxes with a prayer card signed by the knitter.
If you know someone who might benefit from receiving a prayer shawl you may call the church office @ 919-834-6259

Contact: Betty Marshall or Carol Taylor

Age of Sage

Parishioners seek to connect with our many parishioners aged 65 and up to insure that each person knows he or she is a vital member of our parish family.

Parishioners seek to connect with our many parishioners aged 65 and up to insure that each person knows he or she is a vital member of our parish family.

Contact: Christine Gornto