Pastoral care involves working closely with an individual, family, or small group within the church community to support them in securing their well being and meeting their spiritual needs.
The foundation of pastoral care is spiritually-centered caregiving.
Every large church needs a pastoral care program to supplement the care provided by the ministers and staff.
Well-organized, carefully trained, and supervised teams of lay pastoral care providers are committed to providing consistent and compassionate care to members and friends of the congregation.
Currently, our Pastoral Care Program has seven teams that are committed to serving our members and friends as they navigate life's passages, challenges, and transitions.
One of life's greatest gifts is the opportunity
to care for one another.
The ministry of lay pastoral care provides a path to ever-deepening personal spiritual growth through the cultivation of the habit of reaching out to others, combined with the practice of theological reflection.
Support groups that meet at the church include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alzheimer's Support
- NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Family Support
At All Souls, we support individuals, families, and groups within the church to live out their deepest faith commitments and beliefs. Within our diverse religious and cultural community we can and do encourage and sustain one another as we seek healing and justice for ourselves, our community, and all of creation.
We Need One Another
We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.
We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.
We need one another when we are in despair,
in temptation, and need to be recalled to our best selves again.
We need one another when we would accomplish
some great purpose, and cannot do it alone.
We need one another in the hour of success,
when we look for someone to share our triumphs.
We need one another in the hour of defeat,
when with encouragement we might endure, and stand again.
We need one another when we come to die,
and would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey.
All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.
—George E. Odell (Singing the Living Tradition #468)