Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care ministry is focused on nurturing our parish members through ongoing support provided by our clergy and lay people. Through the pastoral care provided by St. Philip’s, we demonstrate our calling to serve our church community in Christ’s name.

”If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)

Pastoral care is about participating with each other in life’s journey—in times of celebration and joy, as well as in times of crisis and sadness. A major portion of our Pastoral Care ministry is provided by our priest, Rev Marlene Forrest, by tending to the sick and dying, the suffering and the bereaved. She also provides counseling to those preparing for baptism, confirmation, marriage and other key life events. Debi Taliaferro, our parish administrator, is also part of our pastoral care team. Often, she is the one who receives the initial call from a parishioner with news of an illness, a death, a birth or a request for support from our church. 

Eucharist For the Homebound

Our Lay Eucharist Ministers take and administer consecrated bread and wine to members who are unable to be present at our weekly Eucharistic services. Our Helping Hands team prepares and delivers nutritious, home-cooked meals to our parish members during times of illness and as part of on-going care for our seniors.

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What Is Our Vision For This Ministry?

Our vision for this ministry is to increase our pastoral presence in the form of shepherd groups that regularly “check-in” with group members and in helping newcomers settle into our parish. Our ongoing care of each other helps us to truly experience Christ in community.