A ministry we share as Christ’s body offering healing, care and support for mind, body, heart and soul.
The pastoral ministry of the church “proclaims God’s reconciling love to the community through care for the sick, the grieving, those in need and those in pain.”
Even in the time of pandemic, the Body of Christ stays connected! If you are COVID weary, processing a loss, or just needing to talk something through, we are here for you; to pray, to listen, and to companion. Here are some of the ways we reach out to one another:
We have a “Two by Two” ministry which connects parishioners who just need a periodic social call to know we’re all still here. (You are not alone!)
We have healing ministers on duty every Sunday morning who are happy to pray with you in any need you might have.
We have a prayer chain who prays regularly for any need we hear of.
We have a pastoral care team who call to check in on people with larger needs or health issues, and, of course, our clergy are available for acute needs and on-going support.
Please make your needs known or volunteer by contacting Br. Stephan Gerhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Theresa Newell (email@example.com).
Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s is an ongoing, evolving ministry based on needs and gifts of the parish. If you observe a need or feel called to a new area of pastoral ministry, please contact the Rev. Rich Weyls. For pastoral emergencies, Father Rich can be reached at 206-383-5600.
A workbook that will help kids and parents talk about COVID and ease their anxiety.
Our Associate Rector, The Rev. Danáe Ashley, is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and shares this excellent workbook from The Wellness Society (https://thewellnesssociety.org/) to help us care for ourselves as we continue living in this ambiguous time. If you feel like you need additional mental health support, please contact Mo. Danáe and she can help you find a professional therapist.
The prayer chain receives the names of members, family and friends who have requested prayer. These may come because of an illness, a job loss, a death, a personal challenge, or a personal struggle. There are many reasons to request prayers from the prayer chain. The prayers received are held confidentially and compassionately. Requests can be made to Joy Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that only the Prayer Chain members offer prayers. Others may wish their requests be included in the Prayers of the People during the weekly liturgies, or to be included in our newsletter The Log monthly by contacting Natalie Ingrisano (email@example.com).
“Is any one among you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” -James 5:14
Since the time of the early church, lay healers have been called from the community. At St. Andrew’s, healing ministers serve during Sunday Morning Prayer. They pray for the individual needs of community members. Those who serve in the healing ministry receive specific training for this ministry. If you would like more information or if you would like to explore participating in this ministry please contact the Rev. Rich Weyls.
(on hiatus during Covid-19 closures)