Last Sunday, we heard the Reverend Dr. Leòn preach movingly on Christ as a shepherd. Indeed, in foretelling Christ’s coming, Isaiah (40:11) tells us that “He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.” How does St. Peter’s try to live up to Christ’s example for the flock who are our congregation?
Informally, we all demonstrate our caring for one another by reaching out and checking on how we can help one another.
The formal aspect of our caring is coordinated through the Pastoral Care Team. The clergy and lay team coordinates the efforts of ministry groups ranging from those who provide assistance to families celebrating a birth to families grieving a death. Ministry groups offer a homemade meal or a handmade shawl when it is a reminder of the congregation’s, and God’s, love. Volunteers reach out to homebound parishioners and celebrate eucharist when receiving it at St. Peter’s is no longer practical. Those who would like additional prayers for healing or hope are welcomed each week for intercessory prayer. Clergy and laity also offer a safe place for caregivers and those living with chronic illness to express their joys and challenges.
We recognize that the confidentiality offered in these services sometimes means that they can become hidden. It is my hope that this message can shine a light on their availability.
To learn more about these services, call the church office at 704-332-7746 to speak with a member of the clergy. If it is after hours, call the Clergy-on-Call number at 704-749-6175 where a member of the clergy is always available. We urge you not to rely on email or word of mouth in the hopes that clergy will get the message, as these are not always reliable and parishioners are sometimes upset that the church didn’t respond to a need it didn’t know existed.
If you would like more information about volunteering with a pastoral care ministry, please contact me.
Vestry liaison to Pastoral Care Team