Lay Pastoral Care

pastoral careThe Church of the Holy Spirit has an active pastoral care program. The Lay Pastoral Care Committee meets monthly to review the pastoral care needs of parishioners and arranges support where it is needed. Its major goal is to maintain a caring presence with all members of the parish, especially with those who are confined to home, hospital, or another facility.

The Caregivers Support Group provides emotional support and feedback to individuals caring for loved ones who are ill or confined to home. The group is open to the public and free of charge.

The Greeting Card Ministry sends cards and notes to between 25 and 35 people every month.

Living With Loss is a new support group for those mourning the death of a spouse, parent, child, or friend. The group meets in a local restaurant once a month for dinner and fellowship.

The Men’s Lunch Group meets for lunch once a month to provide men with a place to share time with each other, to welcome men new to the area, and to discuss the challenges of major life changes such as retirement, illness, and bereavement. The group is open to the public.

The Transportation Committee provides volunteers to drive parishioners to appointments, worship services, and parish events.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to parishioners at home, in hospitals, and in other care facilities when they are unable to attend regularly scheduled worship servies.

Pastoral Care Visitors are trained volunteers who visit in hospital and nursing home/rehab settings under the direction of clergy. Three clergy members and two lay persons provide daily visits throughout the week.

Prayer Chain offers confidential, emergency prayer. Requests are accepted by members of the pastoral care committee and clergy.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides shawls that were knitted or crocheted by parishioners and blessed by clergy for the comfort and support of those experiencing illness or times of stress.