Bethesda Cares, Bethesda's Pastoral Support Ministry, is our way of bearing one another’s burdens and sorrows and celebrating life’s joys in fulfillment of God’s commandment to love one another. Through an organized, lay-based structure, we provide an umbrella of care for our congregation. Bethesda Cares is a shared ministry of clergy and laity who are empowered to exercise their God-given talents. The pastoral shepherding team is a group of dedicated, trained, and faithful parishioners who work in collaboration with the clergy to provide a caring presence through phone calls and visits and who coordinate the services of our pastoral support ministries. Clergy provide leadership and, in times of crisis, pastoral visits, calls, counseling, and group fellowship. Pastoral Support ministries provide prayers and expertise or services to members of the congregation when contacted by the shepherds or parishioners in need.
• Eucharistic Visitor Ministry is a group of laity who are trained and licensed by the Bishop to take communion to home bound or hospitalized parishioners.
• Flower Ministry is a group of members who arrange and deliver flowers to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes to wish parishioners well or help them celebrate special occasions.
• Good Samaritan Ministry helps disabled or physically challenged parishioners with minor home repairs.
• Visitation Ministry is a group of laity trained in crisis ministry that visits parishioners in hospitals, care facilities, and private homes.
• Intercessory Prayer Ministry is a network of parishioners and clergy praying for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those who seek their support.
• Card Ministry is a group of people who send cards to parishioners to remind them they are not alone in times of sorrow, difficulty and even joy.
• Stephen Ministers are trained and meet weekly with persons in need to build on-going, confidential, one-on-one relationships of Christian care and support.
• Widows’ Group Ministry seeks to transform grief into joyful living through regular meetings.
• Shepherd Ministry is a group of trained parishioners who act as the first point of contact for parishioners. Shepherds match parishioner needs with pastoral support.