Pastoral Care at St James the Less

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PASTORAL CARE

PURPOSE STATEMENT

As members of the family of Christ, the community of St James the Less is called to personally share God’s love, comfort, and care with all those known to our congregation who are in need.

Pastoral Care is the shared responsibility of clergy and laity.  Although much pastoral care is undertaken by the rector, non-stipendiary clergy or pastoral care groups, the role of every person in the parish is important as we are all called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31).  If you are interested in involvement in any of the pastoral care ministries shown below, contact Rev’d Lynsay.

OUR MINISTRIES

Coffee Time Cards —When there is a need, a get-well, congratulations (or other) card may be placed in the Parish Hall for parishioners to sign as a show of care and concern.  Contact is Gillian Little.

Communion Visitors—Some of our members are trained and licensed by the bishop, to take the Holy Communion to members of St JtL who are unable to attend services due to health or other reasons.  Contact Rev’d Lynsay if you know of someone requiring home communion.

Pastoral Visitors—A team of pastoral visitors works to maintain contact with those who have become longterm housebound or chronically ill. On the first visit and on special occasions their visit will be accompanied by a flower, as a reminder that we are still thinking of and praying for you after the visit has finished. The initial contact for visits is Rev’d Lynsay.

Hospital Visits—The Rector tries to visit most people in hospital and will always visit those in distress or near death. Anyone requiring the last rites can and should call at any time of the day or night. If you are having a planned procedure please discuss with Rev’d Lynsay whether visits in the hospital, or at home on your return would be better. When Rev’d Lynsay is unable to make the visit herself, another visitor will go in her place.

Transportation—Available and arranged as needed.  Contact is David McGavin.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

· Healing Services are held in the Peace Chapel on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7pm. All are welcome.

· To add someone to the public prayer list, call Rev’d Lynsay.

· If you would like someone added to the confidential Prayer List and/or e-mail chain, please contact Rev’d Lynsay.

Prayer request cards are available on the pews in church at all services, simply hand them to Rev’d Lynsay after the service. Unless marked, “public” she will treat these requests as confidential.

 

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