Caring Ministries

Called in Christ to care for one another….

St. Paul’s offers a number of Caring Ministries to assist those in time of need. For those ministries that are not scheduled (see below), please call the Church Office (585-271-2240) for more information.

Bereavement Group: Each spring, St. Paul’s offers a short-term bereavement group, co-facilitated by clergy and a lay member of the Caring Ministries team. We meet for mutual support, education, prayer and healing. Dates and times will be announced.

Flower Delivery Ministry: Each Sunday following the 10 am service volunteers take vases of Altar flowers to hospitalized or homebound parishioners and to those celebrating a significant birthday.

Healing Prayers: On the first Sunday of the month, healing prayer, through the laying on of hands, is offered during the time of communion to anyone desiring healing of any kind for yourself or a loved one. Healing prayers are also offered at the noon Eucharist in Norton Chapel every Wednesday and at any time upon request to the clergy. See also Prayer Ministry.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors: One of our trained Eucharist Visitors is always ready to bring communion to you following an illness or surgery or whenever you are unable to attend Sunday worship. If you would like to receive Communion call the Church Office.

Memorial Receptions are offered to bereaved families upon the death of a loved one. The clergy will offer the possibility of a reception to be held in the parish hall following the funeral service. The reception is organized and sponsored by a committee of volunteers in consultation with the family.

Prayer Ministry: Morning Prayer Group offers prayers and thanksgivings for all members of St. Paul’s at the Morning Prayer Service on Thursdays at 8:00 AM and in daily prayers. These prayers are confidential. To ask for prayers, use a blue Prayer Request Card available around the church. Place it in the offering plate or box in the Norton Chapel. All are invited to attend the Morning Prayer Group.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: This is a group of men and women who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting to create shawls, lap robes or baby bonnets. The person creating the item prays for a particular person or more generally for those in need as the item is made. Several times each year the completed items are brought to church to be blessed before being given to those in need as a tangible symbol of our prayers. Optional monthly meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month in the East Room at St. Paul's. 

St. Paul's Visitors: As a way of sharing Jesus' caring presence, members of the St. Paul's community make occasional visits with the home-bound, lonely, sick, or any other who is in need of pastoral care. These visits will be in addition to normal clergy visits.

Transportation: We will assist in providing a ride for anyone unable to get to church for Sunday services or other programs.