Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at St. James seeks to create and maintain meaningful connections by extending the expression of Christian love and fellowship to all parishioners and visitors through phone calls, cards, support, visitation, and more. The ministries listed below were developed to facilitate volunteer opportunities for those interested in fulfilling the call and duties of Pastoral Care.

Flowers From the Altar
This group of volunteers brings friendship and flowers to parishioners who are homebound by freshening the altar flowers to create new arrangements and delivering these to their home. Contact: Helen Campbell

Eucharistic Visitor Ministry
The Eucharistic Visitor Ministry is a ministry of trained visitors who bring communion to members of the St. James community who are homebound and cannot attend Sunday worship service. Contact: Laurie Gaston

Hospital Visits
The clergy of St. James are committed to pastoral care and make hospital visits on a rotating schedule. Because of patient privacy policies, it is important to notify the church if you, a loved one, or another member of the congregation is hospitalized and would like a pastoral call or to receive communion. Contact: Laurie Gaston.

Friends Feeding Friends
Friends Feeding Friends at St. James was cooked up from a desire to help members of our church family who are recovering from an illness, bringing home a new baby, recovering from surgery, or laboring under other special circumstances. Our volunteers prepare or pick up a pre-made meal and deliver as a gift from their personal resources and time to those in need. Contact: Kathryn Clifton

Prayer Ministry
St. James is a community of prayer. We gather as a community on Sundays, during the week, and our Day School gathers twice a week. For those willing to commit themselves to praying for those on our prayer list, the prayer list will be sent to you during the week. We simply ask that you pray for each person on the list. You might commit to doing this one day a week, or to praying daily. The purpose is to offer up those on the list, in your home or some quiet place, so that the individuals on the list will have the prayer support of many people. Contact: Laurie Gaston

Saint Martha’s Guild
St. Martha’s Guild members serve as hostesses for visitations held in the church parlor before or after funerals. The volunteer members prepare the parlor to receive guests, assist with receiving floral gifts, keep track of the gift cards, and help with the refreshments. Contact: Laurie Gaston