Pastoral Care

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.”

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.

Prayer Chain
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 may be made 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 the weekly LOG. Requests may be made through the church office at 206-523-7476.

Healing Ministry
“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 at the Sunday Eucharists. 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.

Eucharistic Visitors
On occasion, members of our congregation are unable to attend worship and to receive Communion with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Carrying the bread and wine to them, from the meal we share on Sunday, and being present with them, is a sign of their unity with the Body of Christ. The goal is to encourage and strengthen the person visited, and to increase their sense of connection with the congregation to which they belong. If you are interested in discerning a call to Eucharistic Ministry please contact the Rev. Rich Weyls.

Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle is an open gathering of women (men are also welcome) on Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. It is a time of fellowship – chatting, discussing, good humor, sometimes knitting or other handicraft, and sharing of the week. Drop in to the Library on Thursday morning if you are interested in participating, or call the church office at 206-523-7476 for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
“Prayer Shawls become tangible symbols of love when words can’t be found to adequately express one’s feelings. They can be warm hugs of happiness, empathy, and support; a private place of escape in which to rest, relax, and renew; something to hold onto when all else seems to be slipping away.” – Prayer Shawl Companion
Wrapping another in a shawl knit of your own prayers and loving thoughts is a gift, not only for the one receiving the shawl, but for yourself as well. If you are interested in knitting a prayer shawl for a friend, relative or one to donate to St. Andrew’s – to be passed on to someone having surgery, to a person going through a difficult time, or even to a new Mom to wrap around herself and a new baby in the wee hours – please let us know. For information, contact the church office at 206-523-7476.