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Pastoral Care

Offer Support with Care Teams at All Saints

 

One of the great blessings of being a church member is knowing that you have a community of support when difficulties come your way. All Saints has a variety of ministries that offer the love of Christ in tangible ways in the form of meals, flowers, prayers, cards, and phone calls. I am excited that we will be expanding and deepening our commitment to pastoral care.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can help care for the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of your church family? In a nutshell, Care Teams are a way for church members to do what they enjoy, in the time they have, to care for the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their fellow parishioners in a coordinated way.

During her time at St. Luke’s, our Interim Rector, The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan, saw just how transformative this approach could be in expanding and deepening a congregation’s pastoral care ministry. We are blessed to be led in the development of this ministry by Mary Bea and her husband, The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Marler. 

Malcolm is the Senior Director of Pastoral Care for UAB Medicine. He developed this program when he came to UAB over 20 years ago. It has since been implemented in countless churches and other settings around the country. All are invited to learn more about the program.

For more information, please complete the interest form found here or email The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan.

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Loving Everyone in the Spirit of Christ

Where there is hurting or a need, All Saints seeks to be there in the spirit of grace and love. The following pastoral care areas are always in need of those who wish to support others emotionally, spiritually, and physically. For more information about our pastoral care ministries, click on the boxes below.

 

Contact:

Pastoral Care Committee Member: Nancy Terrell

Clergy: The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan

  • Flower Ministry

    Each week the flower ministry divides the altar flowers into smaller bouquets, then delivers them to members of All Saints who are suggested by Clergy or the Pastoral Care committee.

  • Funeral Guild

    When a funeral is held at the church, the funeral guild provides support for the family and bereaved. This includes greeting guests and providing refreshments for the visitations and receptions held before and after the service.

  • Mercy Meals

    Sometimes the gift of a meal makes a big difference during a difficult time. All Saints members gather periodically to cook and freeze delicious meals that are then delivered to a person’s home when they are needed.

  • Prayer List

    Prayer is at the heart of our ministry of pastoral care. Our parish prayer list is a valuable way of enlisting the prayer support of the entire congregation. Members on our list are prayed for aloud at Sunday services. Friends and family are prayed for during Wednesday Morning Prayer and at other times during the week. To be added to the prayer list, or to add someone else, please email Theresa below.

  • Prayer Tree

    This group of church members provides immediate prayer support in times of crisis. These prayer requests do not automatically go on our public prayer list unless requested.

  • In Stitches Knitting group

    Each Thursday afternoon, a group of All Saints members gather to knit shawls to be given to those experiencing a life change. These tangible signs of God’s grace are prayerfully made and blessed by a priest before being delivered to someone in need.