As members of the family of Christ, the Ascension Pastoral Care Ministry is called to personally share God’s love, comfort, and care with all those within our congregation who are in need.
Pastoral Care is the shared responsibility of clergy and laity. Although many pastoral care actions are handled by the rector or assigned groups, the role of every person in the parish is important as we are all called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). If you are interested in involvement in any of the pastoral care ministries shown below, contact Kerry Suggs, Vestry Liaison, or Lola Thomas, Chairperson.
Coffee Hour Cards —When there is a need, a get-well (or other) card may be placed in the Parish Hall for parishioners to sign as a show of care and concern.
Care Cards—Pastoral Care cards are sent to people who experience difficulties (illness, death, hurt) as well as to those experiencing the positive (graduations, births, marriages, etc).
Daughters of the King—This spiritual sisterhood of women, dedicated to a life of prayer, service and evangelism, prays for the needs of the parish.
Doorknob Delivery Ministry—As a token of care and concern, gift bags are dropped off to parishioners who may be experiencing challenges.
E-Mail Prayer Chain - This is an e-mail based network for intercessory prayer requests. Members pray for the specific prayer requests of parishioners. Members receive e-mail messages regarding hospitalizations, deaths, births, and other life events in our parish family.
Eucharistic Visitors—Commissioned individuals take the Body and Blood of Christ to members who are unable to attend services due to health or other reasons.
Flower Deliveries—The Flower Guild prepares vases of flowers for Pastoral Care Members to deliver to those who are homebound, in the hospital, or otherwise need our care and concern.
Home/Nursing Home Visitation—Visits are conducted by the Rector and Pastoral Care members to offer support and encouragement. To request a visit, contact the church office.
Hospital Visitation—The Rector handles most hospital visits, with others assisting as needed.
Meal Ministry/Care Calendar—Meal Teams share the responsibility for preparing and delivering meals to those in need. For long-term illnesses, an on-line care calendar is utilized.
Memorial Services Ministry— A team of folks prepare a reception with food and refreshments for funerals/memorial services.
New Baby Welcome—New Baby Signs are placed in the yards of homes with new babies. Episcopal/faith based gift baskets are also prepared for all new babies.
Prayer Shawl/Baby Blanket Ministry—Prayer Shawl members prepare prayer shawls and baby blankets. Contact Bonita Harrelson for the meeting schedule. Shawls are blessed and then kept in Mother Mary’s office. Contact the church office to obtain one.
Recovery/Addiction Care—Referral information and support are available.
Transportation—Available and arranged as needed.
Befrienders—Participants will engage in a ministry of companionship and listening among parishioners. Volunteers will be paired with individuals in the congregation who are experiencing a wide variety of stressful situations (grief, illness, family issues, addiction, and so forth).
Helping Hands—For those needing special assistance with household or other chores, Helping Hands volunteers will be available.
Parish Health & Wellness—Education and other services are in the planning.
If you feel called to help with one of these ministries, your assistance will be appreciated.
Points of Interest:
· Meetings are held in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30. All are welcome.
· To add someone to the weekly public prayer list found in the Sunday bulletin, call the church office.
· If you would like someone added to the confidential Prayer List and Daughters of the King list, contact Lola Thomas.