As Shallowford’s Parish Associate for Congregational Care my day-to-day responsibilities are fluid and ever changing. I serve in a part-time, “contract call pastor” position. My average work week is Monday through Wednesday. I provide pastoral care to members, and take weekend rotation in the “Pastor on Call” schedule. Pastoral care might be with a member who faces a crisis, someone who is sick, or someone in need of emotional support. I pray, make hospital visits, and visit in homes, including our homebound members, and in assisted and skilled-living facilities. Since we were extremely limited on in-person visits this past year due to COVID precautions, I have used my cell phone frequently! I also lead memorial services as needs arise. I edit the weekly email prayer concerns for the congregation.
In addition, I oversee the work of the Congregational Care Committee in its ministries of care, compassion, and support: Care Ministers, Take-Them- A-Meal, Support groups (Alzheimer’s Caregivers and GriefShare), the Prayer Network, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Bereavement receptions, and our [email protected] with elder teams. We are always on the look out for any who would like to join this work!