Having a Blue Christmas?
What if you just don't feel in a holiday mood? Maybe you lost a loved one recently, or experienced a relationship breakdown or lost a job. Or maybe you just feel as though you can't meet the expectations others, when there is so much pressure to have "the perfect Christmas". Our Blue Christmas service, Saturday, December 21 at 5:30 PM, will feature stories, prayers candle-lighting, and uplifting music, to remind us that God is with us in the midst of sorrows as well as joys.
Ministry of Presence
Ministry of Presence is St. Paul's unique approach to comprehensive pastoral care for parishioners. Through our ministry of presence we are providing care by being present to the care receiver -- as well as living out our essential belief that God is always present in the lives of those who are suffering.
Initiated in fall 2009, Ministry of Presence recognizes that pastoral care in the parish consists of many related types of caregiving which can best be provided in a coordinated and spiritually grounded effort. The goals of this group of ministries are:
Membership consists of all who provide pastoral care in its many forms: Eucharistic Visitors, Stephen Ministers, the Prayer Group, the Flower Ministry, Deacons and other regular visitors to retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals and parishioners who are homebound.
Ministers of Presence meet as a group on a monthly basis, for prayer and spiritual development exercises, training and skill enhancement, coordination of care responsibilities and mutual support and encouragement. The group encourages all who feel they are called to provide pastoral care to explore that calling by joining them each month.
These are the milestones in the lives of our members -- the welcoming of a new child of God into the church family; the decision of a teenager or adult to confirm their choice of the Episcopal faith tradition; the uniting and blessing of two people who have chosen one another as life partners; and the final celebration of the life of those we have loved and lost.
The clergy and staff of St. Paul's are commited to making these occasions the best they can be for all who take part. For more information about baptisms, confirmation, marriage and funerals, contact Kristin Dunklee in the church office.