At Good Samaritan we encourage the understanding that “it takes a whole church to take care of a whole church.” Jesus calls us all as Christian to love, pray for, and care for one another. As we live into that understanding together, there are many ways to receive pastoral care as well as ways to serve in ministries that offer pastoral care to others.
Walking the Mourner’s Path, a Christ-centered grief care program, is offered in the fall. Parishioners facilitate regular meetings of a Caregivers’ support group, coordinate Meals Ministry, and send Friendly Visitors out to those who want to develop relationships but aren’t able to get out of their homes. Ian MacDonald and Angela Linden facilitate the Family Mental Health Support Group for the families of those with mental health issues.
Eucharistic Visitors are diocesan-licensed volunteers who take communion to the homebound and parishioners too ill to attend Sunday worship.
Friendly Visitors are volunteers who visit parishioners and nursing home residents. Visitors receive training on communicating with those who are homebound, isolated and lonely for conversation and good cheer.
Daughters of the King is a religious order of lay and ordained women who take vows for daily intercessory prayer and render acts of service to the parish.
Pastoral care is a part of all we do at Good Samaritan. Information about other ministries such as the Food Closet and Helps may be found at the Our Local Community tab on this web site.