Pastoral Care

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 13:34

Following God’s call to “love one another,” our church is deeply committed to caring for others, especially during times of uncertainty, transition, or crisis. Our pastor, The Rev. Dr. Chapin Garner provides pastoral care to those in crisis, those who are hospitalized and those who are newly bereaved. Ongoing support, visitation and outreach is provided by a group of four trained lay ministers as well as a large network of volunteers. These faithful caregivers are supported by Debbie Chapman, the Pastoral Care Coordinator.

We strive to be the agents of God’s love through various Pastoral Care Ministries: Stephen Ministers provide one-on-one Christian care to people going through a difficult time. Our Prayer Shawl Ministry makes shawls for those in need of comfort, praying over each piece. The Prayer Chain Ministry [need to create and add a link] is a group of devoted members who pray confidentially and individually for those who have requested special prayers. Our deacons deliver the flowers from the Sunday service as a way of reaching out in love. Through our Pastoral Care ministry, we also provide rides, make and deliver fresh meals, send sympathy notes, and check on our isolated members in cases of town-wide crisis.

As needs arise, the Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team (PMLT) offers educational programs or workshops on matters of concern to our congregation, such as Senior Living Choices, Managing Stress, Alzheimer’s Disease, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Depression, Caring for Others Who Are Facing Difficulties in Life, Divorce Support and Healing, and End-of-Life Planning.

All of these ministries allow us to embody Christ’s command to care for one another and our community. Contact Debbie Chapman for more information.

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