Pastoral Care is when the people of the church demonstrate their love and concern
for each other. This caring involves ministering to, counseling, mentoring and
leading people in their spiritual care. It is helping people in need of spiritual
counsel, wisdom and direction. It also involves meeting the needs of people in
concrete ways by providing meals, providing rides to appointments and visiting
When we care about people with compassion and integrity we are
consciously or unconsciously representing God to them as we seek to respond to
their needs. This kind of spiritual, emotional and physical support is important
to the people of Trinity Church. The people of Trinity are blessed to be led by
our minister, Fr. Mac, but we believe we are called to support him and to share
in this ministry.
Our mission statement says We Support and Equip One Another
to Implement Jesus' Mission. Some of the ways we care for the needs of the people
God has entrusted to us are through
Lay Eucharistic Visitors,
Lay Pastoral Care Team,
Prayer Shawl Ministry,
Prayers including Healing Prayer Services
Lay Eucharistic Visitors help us to serve those parish members who are no
longer able to come to church. It helps to let them know that they are still
members of the "Body of Christ." When an individual becomes housebound, or is a
resident in a nursing facility, they are visited about once a month by one of
Trinity's Lay Eucharistic Visitors who conducts a short pastoral visit that culminates
in the service of Holy Communion. Lay Eucharistic visitors are trained at a one day
workshop and are licensed through the Diocese.
In addition, members of our Lay Pastoral Care Team offer much needed
assistance to others such as providing occasional transportation for doctor visits;
bringing meals in to sick parishioners; occasionally running small errands for
parishioners temporarily unable to do so on their own; and supporting people in
prayer. One way to request prayer for yourself or others is to fill out a prayer
request card found in the pews and to place it in the collection plate.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets to pray, knit and crochet. The group makes
shawls and Baptism blankets. They are made with prayers woven into them. When they
are presented they are given with the love of the people of Trinity and the love of
God woven in. As people are wrapped in these blankets and shawls we believe they are
wrapping themselves in the warmth of this love. These gifts are received with open
arms in gratitude by all. We have expanded our ministry to include scarves, hats and
mittens. We look forward to an exciting and productive future, full of thoughtful
prayer. For more information, please call June Jones or the Parish Office.
Parish Nursing is an intentional ministry focused on both healing and health.
The Parish Nurse has a goal to integrate faith and health by offering spiritual and
emotional support. Through caring, consolation and compassion the Parish Nurse can
help people to achieve optimal health and well being and bring a wholeness of spirit,
soul and body. Physically this may involve providing health education and information,
personal health counseling, health advocacy, leading support groups or being a health
resource referral agent.
The care provided can help people in the family of God with
healing and growth, guidance, prayer support, can help bring meaning to a confusing
situation or help sustain people through difficult times. People in a healing ministry
practice holy listening; that is being truly present with individuals and their families
and listening to them in a compassionate, non-controlling manner. It is offering
yourself as a sounding board to a person who really needs to talk and needs to be heard.
Healing Meals are made by members of Trinity at cooking parties throughout the
year. There are also meals that are provided by individuals from the church. These
meals are kept in the freezer at church and all members are encouraged to help
themselves to meals to be delivered to anyone that they think may be in need of a
meal. The meal may be delivered to someone who is ill, or returning home from the
hospital, it may be someone out of work or maybe just someone having a difficult
day. You do not have to be a member of Trinity to receive a meal. We encourage people
to deliver meals to friends and neighbors. There is a printed grace on the inside of
the freezer door so you can deliver a grace with the meal. We want people to be fed
physically and spiritually by these meals.
Prayer and Healing Prayer Services are an important part of life at
Trinity. Prayers for the congregation and individual prayer requests are offered
daily at noon day prayer. Individuals in the church also offer prayers own their
own and we meet the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at Trinity
for a prayer group. The back of the pew cards have a place to share your prayer
requests. On the first Sunday of each month, there is a Healing Prayer Service after
both the 8:00 and 10:00 o'clock
services at the communion rail with the anointing with Holy Oil and extemporaneous
prayer with Fr. Mac and the Parish Nurse.
Trinity Church has a link with CarePages.
free, private web pages that connect patients and their families with their
community of support to offer strength, support and encouragement when it's
needed most. One family in our parish is already using CarePages to inform
the community about medical progress and receive support from the community.