Pastoral Care

One of the most important commissions we have from Christ is to love and care for our neighbor as ourselves. Showing love to one another through prayer and compassion is a cornerstone of our Christian faith.

St. Bart’s offers a variety of ways to both give and receive pastoral care. We have a strong pastoral care team, comprised of both lay and ordained members.

To request pastoral care, either from lay people or clergy, please call the office.

As long as we live in a world where the reality of our experience does not yet match God’s vision of justice and love, it is our call to work to realize God’s kingdom on earth. We do this many ways, but an important part of bringing God’s kingdom here is to care for one another—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Healing Teams
Meals for Members
Memorial Reception Guild
Prayer Chain
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Stephen Ministry

Healing Teams

Each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service a healing team offers the chance for small group prayer.

During communion, please feel free to go to the healing prayer station in the South Transept and ask for prayers for any private concern or thanksgiving. Your prayer requests are held in confidence.
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Meals for Members

As we all deal with the ups and downs of life and sometimes it helps when we don’t have to take care of the cooking.

Meals for Members volunteers prepare meals for parishioners who need help with meals because of stressful life events (surgery, illness, a new baby, family death, etc.)

Meals are delivered directly to the family’s home, along with the prayers and good-wishes of the cooks.

If you are in need of this ministry please contact the Office.
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Memorial Reception Guild

The volunteers in this group offer their love and support by providing coffee, punch and cookies for memorial receptions following funerals. The group also assists the family in setting up the Parish Hall.

For more information, contact a member of the clergy.
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Prayer Chain

St. Bartholomew’s Prayer Chain has been active since 1973 and is made up of men and women who have committed to pray for the needs of others, in strict confidence.

In addition to praying every day for those on the Prayer List, the Prayer Chain sponsors: an annual Quiet Day in Lent; an Advent fellowship dinner at a member’s home in December; and an annual summer pot luck at a member’s home. The group’s goal is to intercede for others as well as encourage a life of prayer by sponsoring prayer and healing seminars at the parish.

We welcome to all who feel called to pray for others. For more information, contact the parish office or Sandy Sepe, Prayer Team Coordinator.

“We believe God hears the prayers of all who pray. He is merciful and gracious to all. We lift the names to Him for healing, wholeness, comfort and guidance. We give thanks to God always and especially when we hear news of His blessings to those for whom we pray.”

“The effective prayer of a righteous man (or woman) can accomplish much.” James 5:16
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Prayer Shawl Ministry

This group is a combination of Pastoral Care, Outreach and Fellowship. Five to ten people come together on a regular basis to knit prayer shawls to be given to anyone who is in need.

These shawls are blessed Sunday mornings before being given. Prayer shawls can go to anyone who would benefit from prayer you can wrap around your shoulders.

For more information contact the Office.
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Stephen Ministry

Saint Bart’s has a very active Stephen Ministry program which has trained over 50 Stephen Ministers over the past 20 years.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople who have been trained to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to hurting people. They use their gifts and skills to listen, encourage, pray and offer support.

If you feel you could benefit from Stephen Ministry or if you would like to become a Stephen Minister contact Father Jeff or Mother Pippa.
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