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Inreach: Congregational Care

 

Eucharistic Visitors
At St. John's we have a dedicated group of ten ministers trained and licensed by the diocese who go out weekly after Sunday services of Holy Eucharist to take Christ's body and blood to those who are either temporarily or permanently unable to attend church. An EV comments, “We go to them to bring them to us.” If you would a visit from a St. John's Eucharistic minister or more information about home communion, contact the church office.

Hospital Visitors
St. John’s Hospital Visitors minister to parishioners who are in the hospital. The trained visitors check in daily with Boulder Community Hospital downtown and at the one just off Foothills Parkway on Arapahoe. These ministers provide active listening and prayer to parishioner patients. Many of them are also Eucharistic Ministers as well and can give communion to the patient right at the hospital. Often a hospital visitor continues to minister to a parishioner if they are temporarily transferred to an assisted living facility. These visitors advise the clergy of all visits. Parishioners are encouraged to notify the office ahead of time of any scheduled hospitalizations.

Soup Kitchen
The first Sunday of each month, St. John's participates in the Downtown Soup Kitchen Program, serving more than 100 hot lunches and sack lunches each month to our homeless guests. We serve a nourishing hot meal including a protein, and fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, and/or dry, canned and frozen goods purchased at Community Food Share, whose food is donated by local restaurants, grocery stores and charitable organizations. The bag lunches are distributed to our guests to use as a supplemental meal. In 2006, St. Benedict Health and Healing began to provide direct and preventative health care outreach to our homeless guests who are un- and underinsured. We are looking to further expand our services to the homeless by offering dental care and haircuts each first Sunday of the month. Volunteers are welcome and always needed. Food preparation begins around 8:30am and lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Clean-up takes until 2:00.

Ministration at the Time of Death
When a person is near death, please call one of the clergy or notify the office to arrange for ministrations of the Church.

Pastoral Care Team
Members of this group serve the St. John's community in a variety of ways, from visiting sick and shut-in member in t heir homes or in hospitals, visiting the sick and shut-in and delivering flowers to them, maintaining telephone contact, and, on occasion, providing services such as meals, home maintenance, and home repair. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastoral Ministers
Pastoral ministers are Christian caregivers who have received 30 hours of intensive training in pastoral care skills and are available to journey with others through difficult times. They are assigned by the clergy to visit regularly with those who are experiencing a crisis or are in need of extra support. This could be due to the death of a loved one, a terminal illness, divorce, or chronic disease. Some from this group serve on our St. John's hospital visitation team. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastoral Visits
Pastoral visits by the clergy are offered to those who are in hospitals and those who are ill or infirm in other facilities or at home. St. John's is blessed with many pastoral care ministries including our pastoral care team, St. John's Hospital Visitors, and pastoring ministers, Eucharistic ministers. Friends of the Elder Circle help us to be more elderly-friendly and intergenerational. For more information about these groups, see the 'Ministries' section of this website. Pastoral visits by the clergy are also offered to those in need of spiritual counseling, either at home or at the church. To request for a visit for yourself or a loved one, please contact a clergy person or the office.

Preparation for Marriage
We are blessed to have many weddings at St. John's. For specific information about wedding ceremonies, please contact the church office for a detailed packet. We plan to have this information available on our website shortly. To prepare for marriage, three hours of pastoral counseling is required by church canons.

Preparation for Baptism
The Episcopal Church recognizes and provides for infant baptism and for baptism of any person who desires to become a Christian. The dates for baptism are in keeping with traditional dates in the life of the church through the centuries (the Easter Vigil, on the day of Pentecost, on All Saint's Day or the Sunday after All Saint's Day, on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after the Epiphany). We also have baptisms on the Sundays of Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends

Request for Prayers
Prayers for individuals and families, and for issues of importance to all of us, are offered on a regular basis at St. John's in scheduled worship and in private meetings with the clergy. We ask parishioners to take home the prayer requests of brothers and sisters to hold in prayer during the week. Prayer requests may be made in person, by telephone, or by email to the St. John's office and are left on the parish prayer list for at least four weeks, and longer upon request. Additionally, prayer requests may be made to the Daughters of the King, who pray intentionally for our parish and her parishioners, especially our children. Daughters of the King prayer request cards are found in the pew and can be put in the offertory basin. Those desiring prayers for healing are encouraged to make this need for intentional prayers for God's healing mercies known at the Wednesday service of Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. or the Friday service of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation at noon.

Reconciliation of a Penitent (Confession)
Reconciliation of a Penitent or Penance, or Confession is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. 'All may and none must’ make a confession is the standard of the Episcopal Church. Many prefer to make confessions during penitential seasons, such as Lent or Advent. Please talk privately with a member of the St. John's clergy for further information or to set up an appointment.