The Ministry of Pastoral Care is a shared responsibility of all people within the church community of ESC, clergy and laity. This shared responsibility begins with awareness within our church family so that we provide a network of care in times of joy, sorrow or sickness. As members of the Pastoral Care Ministries we network together to offer help in situations in which pastoral support is needed ensuring that “no one walks alone” as challenges arise and life changes and needs occur. As Christians, we walk together in community, fulfilling God’s commandment to love one another as God loves us. Through Pastoral Care we share in “Christ’s mission and as members of Christ’s body, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes and His heart.” To learn more about Pastoral Care at ESC, contact Rev. Melody Perdue, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastoral Care Team
Our dedicated team of Pastoral Care members make visits to parishioners that are hospitalized or homebound, and maintain communication with those members through additional visits, phone calls, and cards. Our Pastoral Care team offers a listening ear, compassionate prayer, and any additional support that is needed. For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Perdue at email@example.com.
Eucharistic Visitors are laity of the church, who receive diocesan mandated training and are licensed by the bishop to bring communion to homebound or hospitalized parishioners. For more information, contact Vicki Humphries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed My Sheep
Preparing and delivering meals to parishioners who are homebound, recovering from surgery or other sickness, or just need to be touched by the warmth of a delicious meal is the gift the servants of this ministry bring to ESC. For more information, contact Vicki Kirby, 757-422-4401.
Members of the prayer chain pray daily for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those who have requested their support. For more information, contact Rev. Melody Perdue, email@example.com.
Flowers from the altar are divided into smaller bouquets after the 11:30 service and delivered to parishioners in the hospital, at home sick, to families who have lost a loved one and/or delivered to parishioners in celebration of their 80th+ birthday. At Christmas and Easter the flowers that have adorned the church are shared with parishioners that are homebound, live in a retirement community or have faced a crisis during the year. For more information, contact Ellen Gallup, 757-428-6763, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Friends teams are available to help families in our church at the time of a death in the family. They prepare and organize receptions for the bereaved family and friends following the funeral or memorial service. For more information, contact Ellen Gallup, 757-481-5897.
New Moms Ministry
A gift bag that includes a pair of handmade booties or a bib is given to expectant moms. Before the new little one arrives communication through notes and phone calls offers care and support. Once the baby arrives meals are delivered. For more information, contact Patti Frankenfield, email@example.com.
Retirement Community Communion
Branching out into our community and offering the service of Holy Eucharist is important to ESC. Providing that spiritual link to those unable to attend their place of worship helps to keep the congregants in relationship with one of the two great sacraments of the Gospel. Services are held monthly at Atlantic Shores, First Colonial Inn and Westminster Canterbury. Atlantic Shores: Second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Anchor room. First Colonial Inn: First Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. Westminster Canterbury: every 5th Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Rev. Melody Perdue, firstname.lastname@example.org.