Pastoral Care at Christ Church Greenwich provides spiritual support to people and their families who are facing illness, loss, or other stressful situations.
The Book of Common Prayer states that “The ministers of the Church are lay persons [as well as], bishops, priests and deacons.” Prayer, listening, and sacraments ensure that no member of our parish family needs to face crises alone.
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Your weekly visits link my sweet mother to the body and soul of Christ through the sharing of elements, the reading of scripture, and the warmth of your kind embraces and warm smiles. Moms caregivers love your visits, as well! Thank you so very much.
Having the honor of serving as a Eucharistic Visitor brings me back to the essence of being a Christian. We are all God’s children, from birth to death; it is a good thing that we visit and take care of one another while we inhabit this blessed earth together.
I am well aware of all the blessings that have brought me so much happiness over the years and place the Eucharistic Visitors way at the top of the list. I think of them as God’s cheerleaders and am very grateful to them for all the time and effort that’s they give so willingly, steadfastly and graciously to His service. And when we read together the part of the Confession of Sin that says, “We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves,” I know that those words do not apply to the Eucharistic Visitors.
I was sick and you took care of me…
…just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
– Matthew 25:36, 40
Do Good and Feel God!
Sign up as a volunteer! Our pastoral care volunteers provide worship or visit with some 30-50 people per week. Our volunteers say their time with those in need are the most rewarding and spiritual experiences in their lives. Here are ways to get involved for a few hours or in a more extensive ministry:
Eucharistic Visitors bring Holy Communion to homebound or hospitalized members of our congregation on Sundays. A one-time training meeting of about two hours is required; scheduling is flexible.
Worship Leaders conduct Morning Prayer services at River House and Nathaniel Witherell. Most people don’t realize it, but our Sunday morning service continues at Nathaniel Witherell, where we worship with 15-30 of our community’s most frail elderly. Weakened by age and illness, and isolated from typical Greenwich routines, we are privileged to provide spiritual care when they need it most. Worship Leaders conduct a similar service with participants at River House on Wednesdays.
Community of Hope
Community of Hope trains volunteers to provide a listening presence and prayer to those in need. There is a training course that incorporates Benedictine spiritual principles of daily prayer and a centered life, as well as practice pastoral visits. Those who have completed the course do hospital and nursing home visits several times a month, as well as other assignments as needed. Monthly meetings provide support and spiritual grounding.
Caring Hands volunteers send cards to parishioners dealing with illness, loss, and transition, as well as births and celebrations.
Homecoming Luncheons are held twice a year for nursing home residents and longtime parishioners who enjoy a special celebration of Holy Eucharist, lunch and entertainment. Volunteers are needed to make casseroles, serve lunch, and visit with our guests.
Outreach Singers sing familiar hymns to homebound and nursing home residents.