The core idea of “pastoral care” is that pastors are to care. The word pastor comes from the Latin word for “shepherd”. A pastor is to be a shepherd or caretaker of God’s flock. Beyond preparing and delivering a sermon, pastors provide biblical counseling, visit the sick and injured in hospitals, and disciple members of the congregation through phone calls, lunch meetings, and other social engagements.
Epiphany’s Pastoral Care Director and Parish Nurse, Terri Wilson works directly with clergy and various pastoral ministries, including:
- Daughters of the King
- Good Samaritan Ministry
- Hospital Visitors
- Parish Nurse
- Prayer Chain
- Safeguarding God’s Children
- Stephen Ministry
Daughters of the King
Organized in 1885, this special order for women of the Episcopal Church is dedicated to the extension of Christ’s kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of the parish. There are more than 18,000 members in the United States and throughout the world who are dedicated to serving our Lord and building up His church.
Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry provides a meal or two for parishioners who find themselves in circumstances where a hot meal would be beneficial. Such needs include an illness, a death in the family, or when people come home after surgery/hospitalization or childbirth. At present we have a list of people who can provide meals, and another small list of people who can provide some assistance but not complete meals. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact us.
This volunteer ministry is devoted to supporting our faith community’s needs spiritually, emotionally and physically by providing comfort, prayers and a smile to those who are hospitalized, reassuring them that we care and are remembering them in our prayers for healing. Hospital Visitors offer support and notify the church office if the patient desires the Eucharist or to be placed on the prayer chain. Volunteers are under the direction of the Parish Nurse and are part of the Pastoral Care Team.
Since Epiphany’s Pastoral Care Director is a Registered Nurse (RN), her focus is on the spiritual, physical, emotional and social well being of Epiphany’s faith community. This pastoral care position is Christ-centered and dedicaated to the ministry of healing. Monthly blood pressure checks are available in the Parish Hall during coffee hour after the 10:30 service. Our compassionate parish nurse visits patients in the hospital, in hospice, nursing homes, and private residences.
The Epiphany prayer chain is a group of dedicated people who talk or pray to our Heavenly Father on behalf of another. A person is not placed on the prayer list unless they request this service, and names are only used with the person’s express permission. No prayer is too small or too big for our team of dedicated servants.
Safeguarding God’s Children
This online program is an in-depth educational training for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry. It was created as in response to General Convention Resolution B008, Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse, which mandates training in sexual abuse prevention. It is offered through the diocese and is required for all staff and volunteers at Epiphany.
Stephen Ministers are laypeople – Christian men and women – trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. The training they receive equips them to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting. They are available to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care.