To create a culture where the people of St. Michael’s Church pastor to one another with open hearts, healthy emotional attitudes, good boundaries, and a sense of God’s presence in their work.
THE BIG PICTURE: 4 TIERS OF PASTORAL CARE
Tier 1- Caring Hearts When life's difficult circumstances, whether it be serious illness or injury, make preparing dinner difficult, Caring Hearts would like to help! Our volunteers would love to cook a meal and deliver it to you up to 2-3 times a week for several weeks. Please request by leaving a message on the Caring Hearts extension at the church office 916.488.3550 ext 12. Caring Hearts phone messages are checked once a day at 9 am. Please give at least 3 days notice for all requests.
Tier 2- Pastoral Partners Offer intentional hospitality, connection and support through cards and regular check ins with members who may be feeling isolated due to illness, other life circumstances or being new to the church. Please contact Deacon Cindy 916 488 3550 ext 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with a Pastoral Partner or to find out how to become one.
Tier 3- Pastoral Ministers and Bereavement Ministry Offers ongoing spiritually based pastoral care after clergy have attended to initial crisis. We use Community of Hope Curriculum for training. Our first group finished in June 2015. Our second training group is underway and will finish August 2018. if interested in being a recipient or a minister please contact Deacon Cindy.
Tier 4- Clergy Pastoral Care Offers pastoral care for those situations that feel the need for clergy presence. All Pastoral Care inquiries: Please call the office to be directed to Deacon Cindy or the person on call for pastoral call. 916.488.3550 ext 20.
GriefShare is a support group for those struggling with the death of a loved one. The GriefShare program is held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday* of the month from 3:30pm to 5pm in classroom 2 at St. Michael's Church. People may enter the 13 session program at any time. Deacon Cindy will assist with helping you integrate into the program and with the ongoing group. *Please note: Beginning in August 2018 GriefShare will change to meet the second and fourth Monday of each month from 3:30pm to 5pm.