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Pastoral Care

Parishioners Volunteer and Check-in on Members and
Parishioners Who Are Ill, Lonely or/and Homebound.
This is Done in 
Many Ways Through a Variety of Ministries.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a ministry for any parishioners who feels unsafe. Persons experiencing fear or threat may ask for temporary refuge at Christ Church. Families or persons in Save Haven will receive pastoral care and will work with the Sanctuary team to identify what kinds of support they need and ways to meet those needs. The Safe Haven ministry is legal. This ministry does not hide persons and does not interfere with the implementation of legal orders by federal, state or local law enforcement agents. Safe Haven ministries are available for all parishioners who feel they are not safe for any reason: immigration, domestic violence threat of assault or perceived thought. Contact the church office to learn more about how Safe Haven can help you.

CLERGY CRITICAL CARE VISITS & FOLLOW-UPS

-- Our Clergy visit parishioners requiring critical immediate care;
-- Clergy also follow-up for the long-term sick and needy;
-- Volunteers maintain contact to persons ill, lonely or homebound through phone calls, notes, timely greeting cards and visits.

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS (LEVS)

-- LEVS visit and bring Holy Communion to members who are unable to come to Church;
-- LEVS receive training and annual updates for pastoral care, education and Diocesan certification.

CAREGIVERS

-- Christ Church members serve as Caregivers assisting the vulnerable and elderly living throughout the County;
-- They join a thousand or more Caregivers working to serve one of the nation’s largest populations of retirees;
-- See http://caregivervolunteers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CVCJ-Brochure-20171.pdf for specific information about Caregivers, and their web site, http://www.caregivervolunteers.org.

PRAYER GROUPS

-- Monthly meeting is held at 12 PM on the 2nd Sunday of each month;
-- Pray for all people and requests on the parish prayer list;
-- Revisit this web page often for new and more details and information.

THE ORDER OF ST. LUKE: HANDS ON HEALING AND PRAYERS

-- The healing circle and monthly meetings will begin again on October 14, 2017;
-- Monthly meeting at 10 am and Healing Circle at 11.30 AM is held monthly on the 2nd Saturday monthly except for Summer break;
-- Wednesday healing service with Eucharist at 10 AM;
-- Christ Church Café on the 1st Sunday of each month. Prayers are offered to all;
-- Members are on prayer chain;
-- Members donate money each month towards mission expenses.

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

-- Monthly meeting is held at 12 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month;
-- Currently doing a continuing journey spiritual formation guide and resource tool;
-- Members bring food items for the food pantry each meeting and donate money each month; towards the purchase of a community food box for a needy family when enough is collected;
-- Members are on the prayer chain;
-- The Daughters of the King pray for the clergy, the parish, for all those in need, including the families of deceased loved ones.

PRAYER QUILTS AND PRAYER SQUARES

-- Personally made, unique prayer quilts are made as requested for those who are ill;
-- Quilts are presented to the Congregation who pray for the ill person by individual ‘knot-tying’;
-- Clergy then bless the quilts on behalf of all sending this special gift to home or hospital bed;
-- Prayer Squares are made by parishioners for distribution to the homebound, the sick or anyone in need.

CHRIST CHURCH SATELLITE COMMUNITIES

-- The Christ Church Community at Brandywine (Assisted Living) is a satellite ministry of Christ Church. We celebrate there every Wednesday at 2pm with Prayers & Music;
-- The Christ Church Community at The Havens at Silverwoods (Assisted Living) is a satellite ministry of Christ Church. We celebrate there every Friday at 1pm with Prayers & Music;
-- Other satellite community opportunities for include: at-risk populations, refugees and immigrants, and those affected by loss and disaster.

DEATH and DYING

-- Clergy and Staff assist members and their families with the full range of planning for dying and death. This is done by making appointment with Church Clergy;
-- Clergy meet with families at the time of a loved-one’s death to plan the funeral;
-- Bequests and Estate-giving to the Church are planned through the Clergy or the Church Office.;
-- Parishioner Susan Morgan has trained for and provides non-medical end-of-life care for those with the need for hospice. The End of Life Douma helps hospice individuals with emotional support, additional education, and works with the person and their family to provide a pleasing atmosphere and environment during final hours.

EMERGENCY & DISASTER MINISTRY

-- Christ Church plays a leadership role at the Jersey Shore assisting individuals and families with spiritual counseling;
-- Clergy also serve as Chaplains for Emergency Preparedness and participate in local, regional and Diocesan disaster relief and planning organizations.

12-STEP GROUPS

-- Christ Church hosts many weekly self-help support groups (some meeting every day of the week) for people with substance and other addictions.
-- Counseling and support is available to individuals as needed by support groups and members, and by contacting Christ Church Clergy.