Ministries and Programs
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. Contact your shepherd if you need support from any of these ministries.
Eucharistic Visitors Ministry
Laity who have been licensed by the bishop to take communion to home-bound or hospitalized parishioners. Learn More
Teams who divide the weekly altar flowers into smaller bouquets and deliver them to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes. Learn More
Good Samaritan Ministry
Handy men and women are available to help elderly, disabled or physically-challenged parishioners with minor home repairs.
A network of parishioners who pray daily for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of those who have requested their support. Learn More
Willing servants who prepare and deliver meals to parishioners recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Learn More
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. Learn More
Volunteers periodically transport those who, because of age or infirmity, are not able to drive to doctor appointments, church, etc.
Compassionate individuals who visit parishioners in hospitals or care facilities, or who are homebound.
Pastoral Resource Ministries
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. Learn More
Compassionate individuals who provide receptions for bereaved families and friends following funerals or memorial services.
New Baby Ministry
Dedicated parishioners who support and encourage families that are expecting children, either by birth or adoption. The New Baby Ministry also provides information on the liturgies of Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child, as well as Holy Baptism. If you are expecting a child and would like more information, please contact Catherine Montgomery, Director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministry.
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. For more information on the Christ Church Shepherds, contact The Rev. Jessica Harris Babcock at (904) 285-6127.
If you are feeling burdened or overwhelmed, the Stephen Ministry is here to help you. 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
- Be absolutely confidential
- Offer referrals and resources as 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 the Stephen Ministry, please call The Rev. Jessica Harris Babcock (904) 285-6127 or Karol Mantz (904) 710-6776.
DivorceCare is a Christ-centered program for those who are newly separated or divorced. Our thirteen group sessions are led by people in the Christ Church parish who have experienced divorce and have successfully rebuilt their lives. The program features practical information and biblical teaching for recovering from divorce or separation.
Our Caregiver Support Group offers a quiet place for caregivers to come together and develop a mutual support system. This group will be led by volunteer, Renée Brymer Melin (MSW, LCSW) who specializes in ‘Aging Life Care’. Email interest to our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Virginia Apelian
For more information on Christ Church Cares’ system of pastoral support ministry, contact either:
The Rev. Jessica Harris Babcock
Associate Rector for Pastoral Care
904-285-6127 ext. 248
Pastoral Care Coordinator
904-285-6127, ext. 231