No One Walks Alone

Christ Church Caring

Pastoral Care Program

CHRIST CHURCH CARING is a consolidation of various pastoral ministries that have existed at Christ Episcopal Church for many years. Those involved in such ministries as Lay Eucharistic Visitors, visitors to the home‐bound and Daughters of the King have given selflessly to serve those in need.

Christ Church’s growth spurt (now with about 500 communicants of all ages) means that we must expand these important ministries so that newer members can feel the same care as longtime members. The Pastoral Care Committee has been working for several months to create a program that will help avoid duplication and assure that no one is forgotten.

The result is CHRIST CHURCH CARING, a comprehensive ministry involving specially trained Shepherds who will be partners with the priests in providing care. Others, such as meal and transportation volunteers, will work with their guidance.

The shepherds involved in the Pastoral Care Program want you to know that no one walks alone. We walk with parishioners (those who receive care), with each other, and with God. All involved have undergone special training in listening, boundaries and confidentiality.

"There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:5-6

CHRIST CHURCH CARING needs people with many different talents to help the priests help others. Please contact the church office if you are interested in any of the following tasks. You can arrange times to fit your schedule. These ministries are important to the success of the entire Shepherd program.
  • Short‐term meal preparation and delivery.
  • Short‐term transportation.
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors (taking communion to those who cannot attend services).
  • Coordinator to organize a team to deliver flowers to the sick, home‐bound and those celebrating milestones.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves...

Philippians 2:1-3

What does CHRIST CHURCH CARING mean for you?

  1. After a March 2017 workshop on Pastoral Care, several dozen members felt called to be Shepherds. In recent months, these Shepherds have received special training and have pledged themselves to service and confidentiality.
  2. You will receive a letter telling you who your Shepherds are. These assignments will be random, based on alphabetical order of last names.
  3. One of your Shepherds will call you regularly and at random times, just to check in and see how you’re doing. If you don’t answer your phone, the Shepherd will leave a message.
  4. If you have a need at anytime, you may call or email your Shepherds . With your permission, your Shepherd will contact other team members to help. Some needs that might arise are recovering from an illness or hospital stay, needing transportation to a doctor’s office, delivering Eucharist to someone, or visiting the sick and home‐bound. This ministry also includes those who are in need of prayers in times of thanksgiving, crisis or troubles.
  5. If you permit, only your first name (or a pseudonym) will be placed on the intercessory prayer list. Your information will remain confidential unless you give your Shepherd permission to talk to others on your behalf.

Father Justin and the Pastoral Care Committee are serious about maintaining confidentiality and respect for others.

St. Paul tells us that "we are one body with many members." Our responsibility is to the world and to each another. We are all called to be ministers to each other and to assist the priests as they help others. This Pastoral Care ministry will help us care more fully for one another. CHRIST CHURCH CARING will help us all meet everyone’s needs.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15

CHRIST CHURCH CARING follows these rules.

Christ has no body but yours . No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassionately on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. Christ has no body now, but yours. You are his body!

St. Theresa of Avila