Apostles’ Pastoral Care
Ways We Can Help
Because Pastoral Care ministries make the love of God tangible for parishioners, our priest and Eucharistic Visitors remain available to visit parishioners in the hospital or home for any reason. (Please contact the church office or Father Tim directly in case of scheduled or emergency medical issues. Please do not assume word automatically will reach them!) Immediate crises — public or private — receive responses 24/7. Appointments become made as soon as practical for informal conversation, guidance, or the rite of confession and reconciliation.
Reconciliation of a Penitent
In our Anglican tradition, we make a public and corporate confession of sin at almost every Holy Eucharist. Sometimes, however, people desire a more personal, private confession to a priest. Please contact the Rector to schedule a time to share this private sacrament — a time which, when specifically invoked and agreed upon, remains by law and custom entirely confidential, without exception.
Occupying a new home can be a joyous occasion! The Church of the Apostles clergy remains available to bless a new house or, at times, a home troubled by discord or disturbance.
Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child
We LOVE babies and are always delighted to come to a hospital room after childbirth. Our Clergy can offer a prayer of thanksgiving, protection, or (where necessary) baptism. We understand that 48-hour hospital stays do not always offer a convenient opportunity, and we are happy to quickly respond whenever possible. Please contact the Parish Office or Rector with baby news as soon as you can!
Almost every Sunday, volunteers personally prepare flower arrangements for the altar. These beautiful flower arrangements celebrate births, baptisms, and memorials of thanksgivings for loved ones. The Church of the Apostles often sends flowers to those who become sick at home or in hospitals or nursing homes.
We regularly receive a Red Cross Bloodmobile on site at Church to support this life-giving ministry.
St. Martha’s Guild
Members and volunteers provide meals for homebound members, often those ill or recently discharged from the hospital. Sometimes food cards are given and used to pick up “take out” food from local restaurants when diet or time is limited.
While not licensed counselors, our clergy can provide a listening ear, spiritual guidance amid crisis or perplexity, and referral to other trusted resources when life gets tough. This occurs in response to all imaginable forms of difficulty and darkness, and we will make every effort to connect you with life-saving help whenever needed.
Finally, we really care about you. Please contact the Parish Office or clergy directly.