Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Team is comprised of caring volunteers who provide meals and encouragement during times of hardship and celebration.  Whether recovering from an illness or surgery, or simply homebound this team will visit and provide meals for you and your family.

During times of celebration the team is there as well. Birthdays, anniversaries, births, confirmations and baptisms are recognized with a special greeting.

Eucharistic Visitors

In addition to serving as chalicists at regular communion services, a subgroup of those lay ministers offer the sacrament of Holy Communion to sick and shut-in parishioners on those occasions when the Priest is unable to make home or hospital visits. Using prepared kits of consecrated elements, this ministry allows a greater extension of the church mission to those in special need.

Shawl Ministry
Shawl Ministry

The purpose of the Shawl Ministry is to give sick and homebound members of the parish a tangible gift as an example of God's Love. Shawls are lovingly and prayerfully made by members. They are blessed and then given to those in need. To continue this Ministry we need volunteers. All are welcome to join the group.  Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month in the Parish House Parlor.  Please call the office, 276-632-2896 for information on meetings.

Bereavement

When tragedy happens and a death occurs or members of our parish family are in need, Christ Church is at its strongest. Our long tradition of embracing those bereaved and distraught has been a comfort to both the family and our caring parishioners. Immediately upon notification, this team makes contact with the family, arranges for the provision of hostesses, food deliveries, assistance in and at the home and counseling in consultation with the rector. In coordination with the Altar Guild the goal is to make the funeral process as smooth and meaningful as possible.

Another group of volunteers, as assigned each month, if requested, set up and prepare for a reception in the Parish House after the funeral service. A call is issued on our web site for volunteers to provide designated food items and almost immediately the reception table is full. The response is immediate, heartfelt and lovingly given. No one in our parish family is left to suffer alone.

SERVICE SCHEDULE

8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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