Pastoral Care Ministries
The Pastoral Care Team
Our Pastoral Care Team encompasses all our Pastoral Ministries and includes clergy, lay leaders and lay volunteers. The team meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month September through May at 3:00 PM at the Light House Shelter, 10 Hudson St., Annapolis. If you would like to consider training for a pastoral ministry, please contact Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Rev. Joanna White or any of our clergy.
Our Vision: The Holy Spirit transforms those who participate in Stephen Ministry as we serve Christ by carrying one another’s burdens. Christ’s love deepens and manifests for members of the congregation. And that love goes beyond our circle into the larger community.
What is Stephen Ministry? A one-to-one confidential ministry for people who are hurting. Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised caregivers. A care receiver may have a burden that they prefer not to handle alone—such as a recent medical diagnosis, a family crisis, loss of a loved one, loss of a job or financial security, or concern about the future. A Stephen Minister walks alongside a care receiver, listening and encouraging in strictest confidence. Read more.
Our Eucharistic Visitors are trained at St Anne’s and certified by the Rector and the Bishop. These ministers take hospitality and consecrated bread and wine to people unable to come to church because of illness, disability or other impediment. Rev. Kathy Shahinian coordinates this ministry. If you desire to have a Eucharistic Visitor or wish to explore being a Eucharist Visitor. Please contact: Rev Kathy Shahinian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. M. Dion Thompson (email@example.com).
Our Hospital visitors are the Eucharistic Visitors who visit patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), Monday through Friday. They liaison with clergy and other pastoral services. Clay Richards is the lay leader. If you desire a hospital visit at AAMC, or a visit in any medical or nursing care facility, please contact Rev. M. Dion Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the Holy Family Chapel, at the time of the offertory during our Sunday Morning Services, we offer prayer with any who desire it. The prayer ministers provide compassion, anointing, laying on of hands and prayer in the name of Jesus. The Healing Service at 12:10 PM on Tuesdays also offers this ministry. Heather Strang is the lay leader. Please come to Holy Family Chapel at any of these times to receive prayer. If you to wish consider training and service in this ministry, please contact: Heather Strang (email@example.com).
What a joy to know that someone is lifting you up to God in their hearts and minds! A simple and profound way of caring for someone and being cared for by someone. Pat Spencer is the lay leader. Our intercessory prayer offerings include:
- The Prayers of the People: At our Saturday and Sunday services, we pray publicly for those who request it. Generally, the person we are praying for is suffering from illness, loss, or grief. We usually include the first and last name of the person, so we need the person’s permission.
- The Prayer Letter: We publish the Prayer Letter weekly and copies are available in the church narthex. The Letter includes first name and last initial of the person. We pray for these persons at our weekday worship services.
- Prayers for Those Deployed: We pray for persons deployed overseas in military or government service at our weekday services. We also name these persons in our weekly announcements.
If you wish to add a person to one of these ministries, please contact: Rev. M. Dion Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our devoted group of knitters make prayer shawls for those who are ill or infirm, and baby blankets for newborn babies and the newly baptized. They knit prayers into their colorful works with each stitch. The knitters meet at the Parish House on the 4th Tuesday of the month and alternate between afternoon and evening meetings. Debbie Houghton is the lay leader. If you would like a baby blanket, please contact: Connie Saeger-Proctor email@example.com. If you or a loved one desires a prayer shawl, please contact: Debbie Houghton firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. M. Dion Thompson email@example.com.