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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Definition of pastoral care: when a person is being present in a listening, non-controlling manner for the purpose of representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs

Community of Hope

  • International lay ministry, 12 week class based on Benedictine Spirituality
  • Started at St. Bartholomew in 2002. The Fall 2015 class will be the 25th class.
  • Ecumenical: 81 churches of varying denominations have sent people for the class
  • Over 180 people have been commissioned
  • Topics include: Benedictine Spirituality, theology of pastoral care, listening, confidentially, grief, spiritual gifts, family systems, pastoral identity, pastoral visit, prayer and meditation, and commitment to ministry
  • Covenant with Waukesha Memorial Hospital

  • Circle of Care

  • Continuing support for those who have taken Community of Hope program
  • They meet for support, debriefing, and learning in a confidential environment
  • Deepens community and spiritual growth
  • Annual fall retreat

  • Prayer Circle

  • People committed to prayer daily
  • Prayer requests emailed to people on the prayer circle
  • Prayer requests included on the ‘prayer card’ for anyone to pray for

  • Prayer Shawls

  • Blessings prayed into stitches as they are knitted or crocheted
  • Blankets in various sizes for children and youth
  • Baptismal blankets
  • All items blessed at the altar
  • Over 885 prayer shawls have been given
  • Sent all over the US
  • All are given with our blessing at no cost to the recipient
  • Prayer shawl team meets the first Tuesday of the month at the church

  • Loaves and Dishes

  • Meals prepared and frozen for people in need
  • Self-sustaining ministry
  • Over 50 people participate in preparing meals, providing containers, donating for fresh produce/fruit…..sharing their gifts
  • Meals delivered

  • Health Support/Requests

  • Members commissioned by Community of Hope provide: visits to hospitals homes and nursing homes; phone visits; meals; flowers; respite care, abider’s ministry for those at the end of life, prayer shawls, and ministry to new mother.
  • Request cards are found in the pews, filled out and put in the plate or on the desk in the parish office

  • Canavan Support

  • Fund set up to support families
  • Funds sent to families in the US and outside of US
  • Parent willing to talk with groups interested in Canavan

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