Pastoral care in the church is the care we have for one another. We show this care by listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending. We may visit those who are not well at church, in homes, at the hospital or in care facilities. Sometimes we meet individually or in groups to support those in need. For pastoral care, please call 252-633-2109.
LAY PASTORAL MINISTRIES
Daughters of the King
DOK is an order for women whose mission is the extension of Christ’s kingdom, especially among women and girls, through prayer, service, and evangelism. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at baptism and confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s kingdom and the strengthening of spiritual life of her parish. Contact: Ann Bustard
Prayer Shawl Knitters
Gather together to create shawls for our church family and other folks, both near and far. We pray as we knit. Finished shawls are blessed by clergy. Shawls are given to those who are experiencing illness, grief or other difficulties. They are also given for celebrations. Contact: Betsy Primavera and Sheila Cipriano
Eucharistic visitors take Holy Communion into the homes, hospitals or care facilities of parishioners who are unable to be with us or attend worship services. In so doing, the ministry provides our faith community the opportunity to share the love of Christ with them. Contact: John Gaskill
This program equips lay persons in our congregation to provide Christian care on a one-to-one basis to those experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances such as illness, divorce, loss of a loved one or any crisis primarily by providing a listening ear and Christ’s love. This is a confidential ministry in which a care receiver can be sure that his or her identity and what is discussed will remain private. These lay ministers go through 50+ hours of training led by professionals to learn skills to help those in crisis. Contact: Mary Parrish and Mary Davidson
LGBT ministry at Christ Church provides information and support to those involved in or trying to understand Christian inclusion of LGBT people. We are active in many aspects of service in the church and encourage the same of our members and supporters. We practice and encourage all people to support the ideal that all are welcome in this church. Contact: Ed Opphile
Deliver flower arrangements from the altar on Sundays to parishioners in the hospital, in care facilities or to the homebound. Contact: Sims Wayt
Christ Church Friends
Normally a group of male and female visitors visit with those in our parish who are shut-in for one reason or another. These volunteers visit their homes or facilities once or twice a month. Even during COVID, volunteers have checked by telephone or by sending notes/cards. Visitors will be able to resume the visits in person very soon, masked and distanced. Contact: Ann Bustard
Neighbors in Christ
With carefully drawn neighborhood lines, Christ Church has nineteen neighborhoods, each with a leader. The goal of the program is for the group leader and clergy to coordinate pastoral care needs for parishioners when necessary within the neighborhood. These pastoral care needs include death of a family member; hospitalization or serious illness; pregnancy, miscarriage, or birth in a family; divorce or separation; change of employment, etc. During the COVID-19 pandemic our leaders continued to coordinate needs with clergy. Contact: Barbara Rice
AA groups meet regularly at Christ Church. The Recovery Ministry of the Episcopal Church provides related literature to Christ Church and the Church library to educate parishioners about the disease. Recovery Sunday was held in September with literature available. A list of people has been compiled who are willing to assist others in recovery. The Rev. Deacon Lisa Kirby is the Ministry Leader.