Pastoral Care

Lay appreciation photos 042The term “pastoral care” comes from the Latin word pastor, meaning “shepherd,” and denotes the idea of shepherding the flock—the protecting, feeding and strengthening of those who look to us for guidance. At Christ Church, a team of over 200 trained parishioners in concert with clergy carry out the day-to-day pastoral care needs of the church, serving in a variety of ministries to make certain that everyone’s needs are met. Pastoral Support, Pastoral Resources, Shepherds, and innovative programming all combine to create a system to meet the needs of this large congregation and ensure that “no one walks alone.”

Shepherd Ministry
Pastoral Care Support Ministries
Pastoral Care Resource Ministries
Stephen Ministry
Walking the Mourner’s Path
Rebuilding After Divorce

Contact info

For more information on Christ Church Cares’ system of pastoral support ministry, contact either:

Cindy Corritore
Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant
904-285-6127, ext. 231

The Rev. 
Marsha Holmes
, Deacon
Pastoral Care Associate
904-285-6127, ext. 248

The Shepherds of Christ Church Cares

Christ Church Cares’ shepherds are laity who keep in touch with a particular segment of the congregation. They function much like a neighborhood watch. Upon learning that one of “their” households is experiencing a situation for which pastoral support might be helpful, shepherds make contact and offer the services of Christ Church’s clergy and various pastoral support ministries.

The Pastoral Support Ministries of Christ Church Cares

Christ Church Cares’ pastoral support ministries are staffed with women and men who offer their time and talent to reach out with God’s love to those experiencing changes, challenges or particular difficulties. These ministries include:

Eucharistic Visitors Ministry – Laity who have been licensed by the bishop to take communion to home- bound or hospitalized parishioners.

Flower Ministry – Teams who divide the weekly altar flowers into smaller bouquets and deliver them to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes.

Samaritan Ministry – “Handymen” who are available to help disabled or physically-challenged parishioners with minor home repairs.

Intercessors Ministry – A network of parishioners who pray daily for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of those who have requested their support.

Meal Ministry – Willing servants who prepare and deliver meals to parishioners recovering from surgery, illness or injury.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – Parishioners who create shawls for those who are grieving, facing life-threatening illness, etc. Prayer shawls serve as reminders of prayers prayed.

Stephen Ministry (Link)– Men and women who offer confidential, one-on-one, Christian care to those who are facing illness, dealing with grief, suffering loss, etc.

Transportation Ministry – Volunteers who periodical- ly transport those who because of age or infirmity are not able to drive to doctor appointments, church, etc.

Visitation Ministry – Compassionate individuals who visit parishioners in hospitals or care facilities, or who are homebound.

The Pastoral Resource Ministries of Christ Church Cares

Savvy Job Hunters Ministry — Gifted professionals who offer monthly workshops to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for the unemployed, under-employed, or less-than-happily employed.

Celebration Ministry — Compassionate individuals who provide simple receptions for bereaved families and friends following funerals or memorial services.

Newborn and Adoption Ministry – Dedicated parishioners who support and encourage families that are expecting or adopting children. The New- born and Adoption Ministry also provides information on the liturgies of Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child, as well as Holy Baptism.

Military Support Network – A network of parishioners who offer support to families of active duty military who have been deployed abroad.

Stephen Ministry

If you are feeling burdened or overwhelmed, The Christ Episcopal Church Stephen Ministry is here to help you.

Stephen Ministry is a special, confidential ministry in which one Christian reaches out to another in a time of need. Through this direct relationship, one who is hurting receives support and care during a difficult time.

A Stephen Minister is a trained, lay member of the congregation who, as a caring and supportive Christian, is always available for you in times of illness, grief or crisis. A Stephen Minister will:

▪    Visit with you regularly, at mutually beneficial times and places

▪    Listen

▪    Be absolutely confidential

▪    Offer referrals and resources if needed

▪    Pray for you

▪    Offer Christian love and support

If you are hurting, recently suffered a loss, feel like changes or problems are taking over your life, or in any way doubt God’s presence and love for you, please consider asking for a Stephen Minister.

For more information on our Stephen Ministry, please call: The Rev. Deacon Marsha Holmes (904) 285-6127 or Karol Mantz (904) 710-6776.

 Walking the Mourner’s Path

Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered bereavement and grief support program. It is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry working with Christ Church. Its purpose is to transform your grief into joyful living by offering the outstretched hand of Christ during mourning.

This program is offered several times a year. Once per week for eight weeks, eight to 10 participants meet for a 90-minute session. There is a workbook that offers questions for reflection, as well as exercises that help you define a new relationship with your loved one and find God’s direction for your life. As a participant, you are not required to share, however you are provided the opportunity to express as little or as much as you need in a safe environment.

More detailed information on this program can be found at

This program occurs at Christ Church three times a year, generally September, January and April. For more information contact:

Cindy Corritore
Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant
904-285-6127, ext. 231

Rebuilding After Divorce

Rebuilding After Divorce is a Christ-centered divorce recovery program. As a ministry of Christ Church, we are distinct from other divorce recovery programs in that we are Christ-centered and congregationally based.

Rebuilding After Divorce is a program for those who are feeling the brokenness in their lives from the experience of divorce. Many people have deep feelings of despair, disappointment, revenge, retaliation, hopelessness or helplessness. They need to develop a whole new orientation to life before they can move on to the new life ahead. Rebuilding After Divorce provides a useful framework and practical guide to examine where you are and how to begin to move toward a different future.

For more information contact:
Cindy Corritore
Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant
904-285-6127, ext. 231