Pastoral Care Ministries

Altar Flowers

Each week volunteers make bouquets of flowers from the Sunday altar arrangements and personally deliver them to parishioners who are shut in or who have experienced an event such as an illness, death of a loved one, or birth of a baby.  One recipient writes, “When I came home from the hospital and found the beautiful flower arrangement from the church, I was so moved.  It was like bringing the beauty and love that is Christ Church into our home.  Thank you for your care, thoughtfulness, and prayers during this trying time.”  For more information or to assist with this ministry, please contact Lee Kallos by filling out this contact form.

Caregiver Support

This group provides ongoing support for anyone in a caregiving situation.  If you are currently caregiving or anticipate providing long-term care, join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM in the Commons Room.  For more information, please contact Laurie Passarello by filling out this contact form.

Caregiver Resource Library

Books and pamphlets on a variety of subjects related to pastoral and self care are available in the Christ Church Library located in the Commons Room.  For more information, please contact Sheila Bourgeault Dowdy by filling out this contact form.

Celebration of Life

The Celebration of Life ministry provides hospitality to those who wish to have a reception in the Parish Hall following a funeral or memorial service. Volunteers help the family coordinate the details of the reception, serving as contacts for the caterer and florist and are present throughout the reception to ensure that all goes well. This important pastoral ministry provides Christian care to those who are bereaved, as we proclaim our trust in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For more information or to assist with this ministry, please contact Nan Jackson by filling out this contact form.

Elder Ministry

A new initiative at Christ Church is our Elder Ministry, which is focused on providing an avenue for our more senior members to be involved in the life of Christ Church as well as offering nurture and care to those who may need it most. Providing opportunities to volunteer and serve our community, participating in intergenerational events, learning from and teaching younger generations, and offering assistance to our homebound members are just a few examples of the scope of this ministry. To better define the interests and needs of this group, we have hosted two luncheons this year and will hold a third lunch in the series this fall. We value the experience of our senior members and are working to recognize the contribution these parishioners bring to our parish. For more information, please contact Lynne Swartz and Jodi Keller by filling out this contact form.

Driving Friends Program

"Driving Friends" is a program that provides transportation to parishioners who no longer drive to Christ Church worship services, programs, and events. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Margaret Higgs by filling out this contact form.

For a copy of "Transporting Parishioners in a Motor Vehicle," click here.

Grief Support

Have you lost someone close to you?  Are you looking for the comfort and support of others who understand your loss?  Christ Church's Grief Support Group is comprised of parishioners who have lost someone close to them and are using prayer, reflection, and sharing to help them through a difficult time.  For more information, please contact Fran Bayard by filling out this contact form.

Helping Hands

In Philippians 2:4, Paul reminds us:  "Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others."  The Helping Hands ministry does this by providing short-term help to fellow parishioners who are experiencing a major life event such as illness, surgery, or the birth of a baby.  Assistance might include meal preparation and delivery, transportation to medical appointments, errands, or relief for caregivers.  Volunteers are notified by email as needs arise and may sign up to assist at the level and frequency they choose.  If you or another parishioner needs help or if you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact a member of the clergy or Martha Lankford by filling out this contact form.

Notes Of Care

Our congregation is committed to following Jesus in service and to fulfilling the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor. One of the ways we do this is through our Notes of Care Ministry. Volunteers write personal notes to parishioners experiencing a major life event. This small act of kindness to those in need or who are celebrating a joyful event reminds them that they are loved and cared for by their parish family. This past year, more than 200 notes of care were written by 10 volunteers. If you know someone who would appreciate a note of care or for more information about this ministry, please contact Marty Rushlow by filling out this contact form.

Prayer Shawls

This quiet ministry of blessing gives prayer shawls as tangible evidence of our love and prayers to comfort those in trouble, sorrow, need, or sickness.  Thanks to our wonderful team of 12 knitters, this ministry has knitted 120 shawls that were delivered to parishioners in need over the past five years.  If you know of someone who would appreciate a shawl, if you would like to knit a shawl, or for more information, please contact Carol White by filling out this contact form.

Spiritual and Pastoral Care by the Clergy

The Christ Church Clergy are trained as pastoral and spiritual counselors and are available for counseling in emergencies and for discussing various life issues.  Clergy are not licensed psychologists, and individual counseling is limited.  Clergy can assist with referrals to other community agencies and clinicians.  To make an appointment with the clergy or for more information, please fill out this contact form.