J.O.Y. Ministries at Christ Church

J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Ministries are specifically designed to serve parishioners who are 60 and older. Our mission is to create a community in which the seasons and transitions of life are honored and shared so that no one walks alone at Christ Church.

J.O.Y. Programs and Services

Annual Tea / Luncheon

To be scheduled for parishioners 75 and older.

End of Life

  • Distribution of Ashes in the Christ Church Memorial Garden. To request that ashes be interred in the Christ Church Memorial Garden, please contact Sarah Hardesty.
  • Finishing Well is a resource created by a group of dedicated Christ Church parishioners and our clergy. This booklet aims to provide a guide for making practical plans for the end of life.

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon. The Rev. Jennifer C. Brown will discuss “Finishing Well” and share Christ Church’s Finishing Well booklet – a resource for end-of-life planning for you and your loved ones. Use this link to learn more and to register for this class.

Greeting Cards

The church sends birthday and anniversary cards to parishioners who are 65 and older.

Monthly Eucharist

Clergy offer Eucharist at two assisted living facilities: Springmoor and The Cardinal, once each month.

Lunch and Learn

A variety of programs, both secular and religious, are offered for fellowship and learning.

Monthly Newsletter

By request,  the church will send you a monthly newsletter by mail.

Pastors’ Aide  

Parishioners deliver casseroles and stews to those in times of illness or need.

Primetime

Adults (mostly 60 and older) meet monthly in the homes of parishioners for food and fellowship.

Pastoral Care Ministries Serving the J.O.Y. Community

Eucharistic Visitors

Parishioners take communion to the homebound or hospitalized, “because we who are many are one body in Christ. We share on bread, one cup.”

Flower Guild

Each week, flowers are delivered to parishioners in need or in honor of special occasions.

Friendly Visitors

Trained parishioners visit at least once per month and develop one-on-one relationships with those who are homebound or who express a desire for a new friendship.

Funeral Guild

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) provides light food for receptions in the Commons or Courtyard following funeral services held at Christ Church.

Grief Support

The church holds classes to help parishioners following loss as a reminder that we are never alone in grief.

Hospital Visitors

Fellow parishioners visit healthcare facilities to bring compassion and concern.

Prayer List

To learn about Christ Church’s different prayer lists, please read this letter from The Rev. Jennifer C. Brown.

  • Sunday list: For parishioners and their relatives who wish to have their names read in Sunday services.
  • Daily list: To be added to the daily prayer list for clergy and Daughters of the King.

Prayer Shawls

Parishioners knit and crochet shawls which represent the love of God and the Church, and they are blessed by the clergy and delivered to those in need of comfort.

Stephen Ministry

Trained parishioners provide weekly one-on-one spiritual companionship for those experiencing a crisis, loss, or life transition.

Telecare

Parishioners contact those experiencing joys and sorrows and pass along the love and support of Christ Church.

Other Resources:

Use the following link to access “Older Adult Resources” from Virginia Theological Seminary:

https://www.vts.edu/lifelong-learning/christian-formation-and-discipleship/resources-and-curriculum 

Use the following link to access information about Christ Church programs including Women’s Fellowship Events, Men’s Fellowship Events, Foyers, All Parish Weekend programs and Episcopal Church Women (ECW):

www.ccral.org/ministries/parish-life