Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Team meets on the first Sunday of the month after the 10:30 am service. This team provides ongoing support to those in our community who are home-bound or hospitalized through visits, calls, and administering of home communion.  This group also manages the training and schedule of lay eucharistic visitors and flower delivery to the ill and home-bound.  We also send cards and notes to acknowledge birthdays and other occasions.

To nurture our pastoral ministry we read and discuss books relative to the work.  Currently we are reading Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.

If you are interested in knowing more about our ministry of presence and prayer, please join us. 

Pastoral Care Forums:

Topics are relevant to the life stages and changes we all experience as we age.  Professional presenters from the Senior Resource Group of Richmond come to share their knowledge with us on topics ranging from senior living and home care options to wills and estate planning.  Schedule for Fall 2017 to come!

Faith 2 Fate

ADVANCED CARE PLANNING FOR OUR COMMUNITY - A NEEDED CONVERSATION AND RESOURCE

Faith 2 Fate Team – Need 2 0r 3 persons to commit to be trainers 

Faith to Fate has succeeded on the framework of three core programmatic steps: 1) Benchmarking surveys to gauge the level of each congregation’s existing ACP knowledge and preparation before any Faith to Fate program interventions were undertaken, 2) Free educational forums that were open to the public, 3) Legal Documents Day events, where advance medical directives, wills and powers-of-attorney were prepared, legally executed and delivered entirely free of charge. Then these steps were repeated by each church every six-months. In the new faith institutions we anticipate enrolling, this same framework will be employed. Each participating church receives a “mini-library” of advance care planning reference materials, comprising three books and a notebook of relevant articles, state and federal laws, current medical issues, et. al. 

Time commitment:

Training – 1 ½ hours (evening)

Educational Forum – 2 hours (Saturday)

Documents Day – 4 hours (Saturday)

  • Those who commit to be trainers for this program also have the option to go further and participate in a certification process for advanced care planning.

Time frame:

Late April - June

 contact Malinda, dre@stmarksrva.org with questions, to participate as a trainer, or to sign up as a workshop participant