Congregational Care at St. James

 There is a variety of ways you can serve through the Congregational Care Ministries at St. James. It’s also helpful for you to know what ministries exist for those times when you need them yourself.
 

Visiting Ministries:

We try to match up each home bound member with a visitor who will make at least one visit a month and then phone one other time during the month to check in. Visitors then report back to the Congregational Care Ministry Team.
 
We also visit members in the hospital. Clergy are available to meet and pray with persons before surgery.

 

Transportation and Errands Ministry:

For persons unable to drive, we can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments, hair stylist, grocery store, etc. We can also pick up items (not prescription drugs) and deliver them to the house.

Caregiver Ministries:

Our Caregiver Support Group meets every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the church parlor. We welcome everyone who wants to come (you do not need to be a church member) whenever you can come. We also offer quarterly workshops designed to provide helpful information for those providing care to loved ones, especially elderly parents.
 

Meals:

When a family is going through a crisis or challenge, they do not always have the time or energy to cook. We use an online service called Meal Train to sign up volunteers to fix or purchase meals and then deliver them.
 
Our condolence team also provides meals for families after the death of one of our church members.
 

 Grief Care:

Twice a year we offer a video-based grief support called Grief Share for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. This is an open group so new people can enter the group at any time during the 13-week session.
 
During the first year following a death of a close family member, we send out a series of four booklets that provide helpful information regarding the grief process. We like to hand deliver the first booklet and can alway use help with making these deliveries.
 

 Signs of Prayer and Support

Our prayer shawl ministry team knits and crochets shawls and lap blankets that are given to persons going through difficult situations. We also use them to celebrate weddings. Anyone can request a prayer shawl for a loved one by contacting one of the clergy or a member of the prayer shawl team.
 
For those who have received a prayer shawl in the past but whom we want to remind of our love and prayers we give small prayer squares that they can carry with them wherever they go. We also use these for special situations such as becoming a new “big brother” or “big sister.”
 
Our In Stitches quilting group provides quilts for babies born into our congregation.
 
For couples who experience loss through a miscarriage, we provide a comfort cross along with a prayer shawl.
 

 Cards:

Both our Barnabas and Sonshiner teams write and mail cards to our members for various occasions. Sonhsiners meet once a month to wend our cards to our home bound members. Barnabas Society also meets once a month to send cards to confirmation students, graduates, persons grieving a death, and more.
 
If you would like to serve in any of these ministries or if you are in need of any of these ministries yourself, please contact Rev. Joyce Day, Pastor of Congregational Care at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252)752-6154