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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is when the people of the church demonstrate their love and concern for each other. This caring involves ministering to, counseling, mentoring and leading people in their spiritual care. It is helping people in need of spiritual counsel, wisdom and direction. It also involves meeting the needs of people in concrete ways by providing meals, providing rides to appointments and visiting the homebound.

When we care about people with compassion and integrity we are consciously or unconsciously representing God to them as we seek to respond to their needs. This kind of spiritual, emotional and physical support is important to the people of Trinity Church. The people of Trinity are blessed to be led by our minister, Fr. Mac, but we believe we are called to support him and to share in this ministry.

Some of the ways we care for the needs of the people God has entrusted to us are through Healing Meals, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Lay Pastoral Care Team, Parish Nursing, Prayers including Healing Prayer Services, Smitten With Knittin', and Stephen Ministry.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.
Home Communion with an LEV

Lay Eucharistic Visitors help us to serve those parish members who are no longer able to come to church. It helps to let them know that they are still members of the "Body of Christ." When an individual becomes housebound, or is a resident in a nursing facility, they are visited about once a month by one of Trinity's Lay Eucharistic Visitors who conducts a short pastoral visit that culminates in the service of Holy Communion. Lay Eucharistic visitors are trained at a one day workshop and are licensed through the Diocese.

Lay Pastoral Care

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

In addition, members of our Lay Pastoral Care Team offer much needed assistance to others such as providing occasional transportation for doctor visits; bringing meals in to sick parishioners; occasionally running small errands for parishioners temporarily unable to do so on their own; and supporting people in prayer. One way to request prayer for yourself or others is to fill out a prayer request card found in the pews and to place it in the collection plate.

Birthday Card Ministry

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

One of the many missions of Trinity Episcopal is sending hand-written birthday cards to all members of the church which means sending between 40-70 cards a month. Cards are ordered online from a couple of different Christian sites. The birthday card ministry is especially appreciated by the nursing home residents and the homebound.

Smitten with Knittin'

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

The Smitten with Knittin' group began in 2006 to make Prayer Shawls, which are always available for anyone wanting one. Our regular on-going projects also include baby afghans, chemo caps, newborn and preemie hats, scarves, hats and mittens. Some of our other short term projects have included hats for veterans, afghans for the homeless, afghan squares for soldiers, and afghans & hats for those undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We are always interested in new project ideas, suggestions and new members. Feel free to contact June Jones or the parish office for more information.

Parish Nursing

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

Parish Nursing is an intentional ministry focused on both healing and health. The Parish Nurse has a goal to integrate faith and health by offering spiritual and emotional support. Through caring, consolation and compassion the Parish Nurse can help people to achieve optimal health and well being and bring a wholeness of spirit, soul and body. Physically this may involve providing health education and information, personal health counseling, health advocacy, leading support groups or being a health resource referral agent.

The care provided can help people in the family of God with healing and growth, guidance, prayer support, can help bring meaning to a confusing situation or help sustain people through difficult times. People in a healing ministry practice holy listening; that is being truly present with individuals and their families and listening to them in a compassionate, non-controlling manner. It is offering yourself as a sounding board to a person who really needs to talk and needs to be heard.

Healing Meals

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

Healing Meals are made by members of Trinity at cooking parties throughout the year. There are also meals that are provided by individuals from the church. These meals are kept in the freezer at church and all members are encouraged to help themselves to meals to be delivered to anyone that they think may be in need of a meal. The meal may be delivered to someone who is ill, or returning home from the hospital, it may be someone out of work or maybe just someone having a difficult day. You do not have to be a member of Trinity to receive a meal. We encourage people to deliver meals to friends and neighbors. There is a printed grace on the inside of the freezer door so you can deliver a grace with the meal. We want people to be fed physically and spiritually by these meals.

Prayer and Healing Prayer

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.
Praying together

Prayer and Healing Prayer Services are an important part of life at Trinity. Prayers for the congregation and individual prayer requests are offered daily at noon day prayer. Individuals in the church also offer prayers own their own and we meet the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at Trinity for a prayer group. The back of the pew cards have a place to share your prayer requests. On the first Sunday of each month, there is a Healing Prayer Service after both the 8:00 and 10:00 o'clock services at the communion rail with the anointing with Holy Oil and extemporaneous prayer with Fr. Mac and the Parish Nurse.

Care Pages

   

Care Pages Trinity Church has a link with CarePages. CarePages are free, private web pages that connect patients and their families with their community of support to offer strength, support and encouragement when it's needed most. One family in our parish is already using CarePages to inform the community about medical progress and receive support from the community.