People taking care of people, where parishioners involved in the vital ministries of Pastoral Care come together to both care for others and receive care themselves. The Pastoral Care Commission, a group of ministries essential to the health of our parish, reaches out to the St. John’s community through mutual ministry. Whether it is delivering a homemade meal to someone just out of the hospital, praying for a child in crisis, knitting a prayer shawl, delivering altar flowers, or bringing Holy Communion to a bedside, Pastoral Care touches all members of our congregation. These ‘quiet’ ministries of St. John’s make a difference in all of our lives.
Click of Comfort-the Prayer Shawl Ministries
Members of this ministry meet bi-monthly to knit shawls for parishioners who are in need of a warm touch. The shawls are a tangible expression of the care and compassion of the St. John’s community. Not only have recipients of the shawls been touched by this gift, but members of this commission have also benefited by the sharing of prayers and love as the shawls are made.
Contact: Judy Anderson, 410-461-7273.
The Prayer Chain
This is a timely response vehicle for those who are in need of prayers for themselves or others in a crisis situation. This chain is facilitated largely by e-mail.
Contact: Teri Salmons, 443-755-9807 or Judy Anderson, 410-461-7273.
Walking the Mourner's Path
This grief support ministry is offered in the fall and spring each year. Participants will find support for their grief journey, an invitation to allow Christ to be part of both the pain and the healing, and the tools for moving forward with joyful living. The ministry consists of eight weeks of weekly 1 1/2 hour long small group workshops and is led by trained lay facilitators and a member of the clergy.
Contact: Tina Millard, 443-324-5269
The Bereavement Reception Ministry
These receptions, hosted by a faithful group of parishioners, are for those families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The gatherings are a wonderful way to come and break bread together after the service.
Contact: Jenny Abel, 410-465-9053.
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
This national self-help support organization assists bereaved families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and from any cause. TCF brings hope and healing to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members. The Patapsco Valley Chapter of TCF meets at St. John's the first Thursday of every month, from 7-9 pm in the CME Auditorium.
Contact: Doreen Cappelaere, 443-838-6559.
Grief and Healing Services
Tidings of Comfort
Not everyone looks with joyful anticipation toward the holiday season. For those who have suffered loss, are struggling with illness or depression, or just do not feel that festive mood, the long days of December may feel like a tunnel to get through. The Tidings of Comfort service, held annually early in December (exact 2016 date/time TBA), is designed to offer acceptance to those who are sad in the season of joy, to embrace the expectation of Advent, and to rest on the abiding hope of God’s promises. The late afternoon service is followed by a warm dinner with other parishioners.
Hope and Healing
The Hope and Healing Worship service is for those affected by illness, to pray for healing, to remember a loved one, to give thanks for recovery and the advance of knowledge, to uplift those who practice the healing arts, and to ask God to rid the world of disease. The next service is scheduled for April 24, 2016 at 3 pm in Resurrection Chapel.
Health and Wellness Ministries
Mental Health Awareness Training and Education
This ministry seeks to build awareness and provide education, guidance and tools to enable our parishioners to identify and lovingly respond to mental health issues they may encounter among family, friends, colleagues, and in the community. Forums held throughout the year include special guest speakers from community organizations such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Grassroots, and from other trained mental health professionals.
Contact: Denise Schiavone, Pastoral Care Administrator, 410-461-7793 X118.
This ministry can energize your body, mind, and spirit. The Yoga Ministry meets one evening a week led by a trained parishioner and adapts to the ability and need of each member. Modest fees help support other efforts of St. John’s Church. These 10-week sessions are ongoing throughout the church year.
Contact: Blair Kennard, 410-660-9401.
Neighbor Ride is looking for interested parishioners who would be able to provide occasional rides to those in our parish who have difficulty getting to Sunday worship services. This will be a flexible commitment so that parishioners are not obligated to provide rides each week. We hope to have a list large enough to match drivers with parishioners who live nearby.
Contact: Dawn Hyde.