Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is fundamental to our faith and a ministry of Christ Church. If you are facing illness, a life transition or challenging circumstances, please contact one of our clergy. We are available when you need us for a hospital, home, or office visit. Christ Church has many lay volunteers who are readily available to provide meals and rides as needed. Please reach out to the clergy through the office at (847) 446-2850, or on their cell phones:

One of the ways we are called to serve is by caring for each other — by extending a hand of friendship, a listening ear, or providing meals or rides for one another.  Our Caring Ministries are vital and active, and led by parishioners who give generously in service to our parish community.

All Caring Ministries are organized under the leadership of Nadia Stefko, Associate Rector.  To serve our parish community by joining a Caring Ministry, please contact the lay leaders listed below.

Our Caring Ministries are an extension of the pastoral care provided by clergy, and you are encouraged to reach out to clergy if you find yourself in any kind of need. To receive help or assistance, please contact a member of the clergy.

Meals

A virtual army of cooks is always on call to provide meals to parishioners who need a hand with the daily demands of running a household during challenging life events. The committee will provide meals for a day, a week, or as long as needed.  To join this Caring Ministry, please contact Carrie Healy.

Rides

This Caring Ministry provides rides for parishioners who cannot drive themselves.   If you would like to help provide transportation for parishioners from time to time, or if you have a transportation need, please contact the  Nadia Stefko, Associate Rector .

Altar Flower Deliveries

This Caring Ministry is charged with delivering flowers from the altar following Sunday services.  Flowers are delivered as a way to brighten someone’s day, to honor a special event in a parishioner’s life, or to say a special thank you.   If you would like to join this Caring Ministry, please contact Judy Harmon.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Trained parishioners visit those who are homebound, or ill, or facing a time of grief or crisis. In addition to providing companionship and support, our Lay Chaplains may pray with you, or share communion (from the reserved sacrament) as desired. Lay Chaplains serve under the training and leadership of our clergy. For more information, contact Nadia Stefko, Associate Rector.

Funeral Reception Committee

The Funeral Reception Committee  provides lovely post-funeral receptions at the Church on the Hill. To join this Caring Ministry, please contact Elizabeth Parkinson, Buffy Ervin or Jane Whitesides.

Grief Support Group

We join with Kenilworth Union Church and the Samaritan Counseling Center to provide a confidential, supportive, and educational environment to grieve the loss of a friend or loved one.  This group meets from 7:00-8:30 pm at Kenilworth Union Church on the first and third Mondays of each month.  The sessions are facilitated by a trained clinician from the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Participants are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as desired at no cost.  For more information, please contact the Rev. Rodney Quainton.

Holiday Care

The holidays can be a lonely time for many people. Those seeking companionship during this challenging time of year are invited to share a meal in the homes of other parishioners.  For more information, please contact Susan Garland.