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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.

 

Prayer Ministries

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 or Tina Millard, 443-324-5269

 

Bereavement Support

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 (next one December 3, 2017), 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 15, 2018 at 3 pm in Resurrection Chapel.

 

Health and Wellness Ministries

Mental Health Ministry

This ministry seeks to build awareness and provide education, awareness, 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, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and from other trained mental health professionals.

Contact: Denise Schiavone, Pastoral Care Administrator, 410-461-7793 X118.

 

Yoga Ministry

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Ministries

 

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

These are trained parishioners licensed by the Diocese of Maryland to administer communion to persons who for reasonable cause are unable to be present at a public celebration of the Eucharist.

Contact: Rev. Anna Noon, 410-461-7793, X351

 

Stephen’s Ministry

Laypersons at St. John’s who have completed fifty hours of training provide one-on-one caring to parishioners who are in crisis or facing a life transition. These Christian ministers are trained to listen, reflect on thoughts and feelings, and focus only on the care receiver’s concerns.

Contact: Jenny Abel or call 410-465-9053

 

Meals Ministry

The Meals Ministry is comprised of a group of loving cooks who prepare meals for fellow parishioners in crisis or need. The monthly meal requests are sent out via e-mail to a large group of volunteers who sign up for specific days as their schedule allows.

Contact: Jenn Corb or 410-696-2950

 

The Friendly Visitors

The Friendly Visitors is comprised of a caring group of parishioners who make informal visits to those in our parish who are homebound and would welcome some conversation and companionship. If you would like to be a Friendly Visitor or if you know of someone who would benefit from this caring ministry, contact the coordinator.

Contact: Diane Standeven or phone 410-461-6213

 

The Sunday Flower Ministry

Flowers from Sunday worship are sent to those that are homebound or who are in the hospital. This ministry blooms when beautiful flowers arrive at the doorsteps of those who receive them. Volunteers deliver flowers on a monthly rotation.

Contacts: Diane Standeven  or 410-461-6213 or Debbie Lieberman or 410-750-2008

 

Christmas and Easter Flower Ministry

The volunteers of this ministry deliver poinsettias and lilies each season to St. John’s parishioners who are homebound.

Contact: Debbie Lieberman or 410-750-2008

 

Sunshine Ministry

The Sunshine Ministry sends cards to those on our weekly prayer list, seniors who are celebrating birthdays, and military personnel serving our country. Those in the Armed Forces receive an Episcopal medal, a prayer book and a card showing them how much we appreciate their service. 

Contacts Ginny Atwood (who does the military mailings) and Kathy O'Dunne

 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.  -Galatians 6:2