Pastoral care includes all that we do to help one another grow deeper into the knowledge and love of God so that we continue to offer fruitful service for our whole lives. Much of what we do here at All Saints is pastoral care: the upkeep of our buildings and grounds; our worship; our formation programs; and the numerous ways we serve people beyond our parish.
In addition to all of this, these are some of our ministries that are specifically pastoral in nature.
There are many ways that All Saints Parish offers prayerful support.
Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words. (BCP 856) The Prayer Book notes seven kinds of prayer: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. Mostly prayer is simply opening ourselves to God’s presence in our lives and then responding to that presence in these ways. As Christians we use a variety of prayer practices that encompass all of these types. Here at All Saints, intercessory prayer requests are received and offered to God in the following ways.
During the prayers of the people at each of our worship services, space is given for individuals to name people they are praying for either silently or aloud. We also have a parish prayer list. The names on that list can be added by using the form on this page and/or prayer cards available in the back of the church. All prayer requests come to the clergy and the Daughters of the King who keep individuals in prayer throughout the week. All prayer requests are considered confidential unless you specifically request otherwise. Names that have been requested to be public appear in the weekly e-news and the bulletin so that anyone in the parish may join in prayer for these individuals. Names remain on the prayer list for 30 days, unless otherwise specified.
The lay people who serve as ministers of healing on Sunday mornings continue the ancient Christian practice of “prayers for healing with the laying on of hands.” The Rector trains and supervises the healing ministers and meets with them to deepen their understanding of healing and to pray for those on the parish prayer list. Prayer requests for healing at the Langdon Chapel are kept absolutely confidential. If you feel called to this ministry, please feel free to speak with the Rector.
Caring Ministry Team
The purpose of the Caring Ministry Team is to provide short-term care and support to parishioners who need a little extra help due to illness or other circumstances. Caring Team ministers deliver meals, run errands, and provide transportation. Volunteers are put into a resource pool and called upon on an “as needed” basis. To volunteer, or to request support, contact Mary Urban Keary
Meeting with Clergy
The clergy welcome the opportunity to meet one-on-one with parishioners. If you would like to meet with Richard or Anoma, please contact them to set up a time. Contact Richard by email or 617-738-1810. Anoma can be reached at 617-731-8120.
Homebound Visitation. If you, or a member of the parish whom you know, are homebound (long-term or short-term) and would like a visit or Communion, please contact Mary Urban Keary (617-277-5403) or The Rev. Anoma Abeyaratne. (Contact Anoma at 617-731-8120. Please leave a message.)
Hospital Visitation. If you, or someone you know from the parish, will be going into the hospital, and would like clergy to visit, please notify the office (617-738-1810) so that Richard and/or Anoma can arrange to visit.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Several people in our parish are trained and licensed by the diocese to bring Communion to homebound individuals immediately following the services on Saturday or Sunday. Lay Eucharistic Visitors take the Sacraments to those who are unable to come to church for reasons of illness or infirmity. If you are unable to come to church, and would like the clergy and/or one of these Lay Eucharistic Visitors to bring you Communion, please let the office or one of the clergy know.
In addition to the above, a group of people trained as pastoral visitors can also make regular visits to people who are unable to come to church, or who desire a compassionate listener at times of great joy or pain. These individuals are trained and supervised by the clergy to offer a ministry of presence and connection. They are able to make visits in addition to any requested clergy visits. Training includes understanding confidentiality, safe church practices, listening skills, self and other awareness, and professionalism. If you feel called to a ministry of care and presence, please speak to Anoma or the Richard.
Faith and Food—20s AND 30s GROUP
The 20s and 30s group meets monthly on a Saturday evening for food and fellowship. We offer a safe space to explore our faith based on scripture, tradition, and reason. We welcome all seekers: those determining their spiritual identity (that’s most of us!), those intrigued by Christian fellowship, and those committed to their journey of faith. With our church’s location on Beacon Street in Brookline, we serve a range of young adults with ties to local colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits, and community groups. Our group explores ways to put our faith and values in action with others at All Saints. All are welcome.
For more information, contact Rebecca Sheppard.
KNITTING, STITCHING & CONTEMPLATION
The Stitching group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 10am for fellowship and contemplation. Participants bring their current knitting/crocheting or other needlecraft projects. This year we are encouraging community stitchers of all forms to craft a prayer shawl for church use. Free shawl patterns are available on www.shawlministry.com (thank you to Victoria and Janet of the Prayer Shawl Ministry). Prayer shawls provide an opportunity for mindful prayer and also provide shawls to community members in need. People of all faith experiences and all skill levels are welcome. Please join us! You can contact Sharon Siwiec or Janelle Mills for further information.
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