Pastoral care involves a loving community which responds to challenges of faith, life crises, and ordinary questions along the way.
The role of pastoral care at St. John’s exists to care for the body and spirit of our church family and even reaches beyond to those who may not have a church family. We strive to demonstrate Christ’s love by supporting our members through joy, sorrow, illness and other life events.
Our clergy attempt to see every member who is in the hospital. But long gone are the days when the hospitals call the parish to inform us of an admission. Due to privacy laws, area hospitals no longer provide information regarding parishioners unless specifically directed to do so by you upon admission. Many parishioners misunderstand the privacy forms and do not list the parish on the privacy notice, making it impossible for us to know of a hospitalization. In many cases, such as outpatient surgery or emergency care, notification is not possible. If you or a loved one are in the hospital, or in need of special prayers please contact us so that one of our clergy is able to visit you.
Each Sunday, trained Eucharistic Visitors are sent with the blessing of our clergy and parish family to deliver communion to those confined to home or hospital. The Eucharistic Visitors of our parish are an essential element in keeping homebound parishioners connected to all of us.
The bereavement ministry provides specific services and support to parishioners who have experienced a death in their family. Those services include providing guidance in planning for Funerals or Memorial Servics and the receptions that follow. It also includes care the bereaved for as long as necessary.
New Baby Ministry
The new baby ministry provides specific services and support to parishioners who are preparing to have or have had a new birth or adoption in their family. St. John's provides guidance in planning for Baptism as well as spiritual and emotional support for new parents for as long as needed.
Retirement Center Visitation Ministry
The retirement center visitation ministry provides specific services and support to parishioners living in retirement homes in an effort to keep them involved in the life of the church. The ministry includes phone calls, visitation and Eucharist if desired.