PASTORAL PRAYER & CARE
The pastoral care team reaches out to our parishioners who are house bound, in the hospital, in an assisted living facility or are just not able to be present at worship. From these visits the volunteers see what additional ministries are needed and appropriate.
Please contact our church office or Barbara Loftus to arrange a visit.
Other Ministries currently under Pastoral Prayer and Care include:
Communication (calls, notes and cards)
co-led by Joan Mills & Patty Copp
Hand written cards offering prayers and comforting words for many occasions including Easter and Christmas; to those who are ill, grieving, celebrating baptisms, graduations, special birthdays and any other need that comes our way. We pray to a merciful God.
coordinator, Susan Ayers
Visitors give the Holy Sacrament to parishioners in their homes, in nursing homes, and in retirement communities. Compassionate reaching out to our parishioners who are not able to be present at Calvary completes the Service. Offered on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Prayers Shawl Makers
co-led by Stevie Champion & Kitsie Cooke
Volunteers knit or crochet standard-sized prayers shawls, mini (pocket) prayer shawls, and lap robes for people of all ages with special needs both within and outside our congregation. Knitters meet in the Sacristy at 12:30 on the fourth Friday of most months.
contact Peggy Vermilya
Through theFrozen Asset Ministry, parishioners prepare "nourishment for body and soul" to share with church members when a need for a nutritional and spiritual hug is just the way to offer friendly support at a difficult time. Peggy Vermilya provides labeled containers and suggestions for suitable contributions.
Hymn-Sing at Royal Westerly Nursing Home
contact Joan Wesley and Susan Ayers
A team of volunteers offer Hymns, prayers sung to music, to residents - many of whom are memory impaired. This healing balm of music touches the hearts of all who are there. Offered on the first and third Mondays of the month.
contact Jean Baur and Deb Burgess
Jean and Deb with their therapy dogs Rudy and Ethel work as a team offering joy, comfort, reassurance and encouragement to patients in hospitals and nursing homes, and residents in retirement homes. Parishioners can request a pet therapy visit. Jean Baur 215-595-3277. Deb Burgess 860-608-8237.
Ethel (white & black ~ Deb’s dog), and Rudy ( black & brown ~ Jean’s dog) are ready to go to work. They’re both certified therapy dogs. Lucy (bulldog, with Ethel) will become a certified therapy dog later this year.