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Pastoral Care Ministry

A Virtual Prayer Community | Pastoral Care | Bonding People-to-People

The members assist the Rector in the spiritual growth of parishioners and pastoral care of church members.

Through daily spiritual discipline of prayer, pastoral care for those in need and programs to promote spiritual awareness, the Spirituality Ministry provides a presence and a resource to parishioners. These ministries help bond people-to-people and to their faith.

The Power of a Virtual Prayer Community

PrayerPrayer does not know the dimensions of time and space.  It is the function of an intention, a vision of health and peace, held with love.  Whenever two or three are gathered together in prayer, even though they might be on opposite sides of the globe, God is in the midst of them, healing and reconciling.  Take some quiet time in the day and pray for the church, for the world and for those in need, as well as give thanks and gratitude for every blessing. Parishioners receive weekly blast emails inviting them to pray for each other and for other groups who are in need of prayer.

To add names to our prayer list, please use the link below.  If the recipient is not a member of Trinity, your last name will appear in parentheses following their first name, to indicate who is asking for everyone's prayers.  

prayerrequest@trinitybranford.org

Trinity’s prayer connection meets the needs for emergency prayer through the prayer line, a phone contact for emergencies.  Please call the church office to be connected to the prayer chain.  203-488-2681.  

Healing Prayer Ministry

A healing prayer study group oversees Healing Prayers out of which the rebirth of the Healing Service occurred.
If you, a loved one or friend is in need of healing, or if you want to offer up healing prayers for our broken world, please join us. Prayer meditation, laying on of hands, anointing with oil, and the Eucharist will be available. You may participate in as many of these offerings as you feel comfortable. We invite you to attend and bring guests or friends.Healing Prayer service is held every second Wednesday at noon and the fourth Tuesday at 7 PM.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is faithful, constant and quiet work, lovingly given, not always seen, not always known.  It takes a caring heart, patience, spiritual strength and wisdom. Sometimes there’s a crisis that clergy respond to, like an unexpected hospitalization or death. Other times the need is remembering the frail in nursing homes, or unwell homebound, as well as those who are recovering from surgery and child birth. 

  • Home Visits and Communion
    A Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) makes home visits to offer comfort and communion.  Other visitors supply meals on an as-needed basis.  Members of the Flower Ministry deliver fresh altar flowers to parishioners at home and in nursing homes. 

  • Meal Ministry
    As we learn of parishioners who could benefit from a meal, members of this ministry volunteer to cook food according to needs, and deliver nourishment for the body, mind and heart.
    We reach out to Trinity members in various forms of need: after surgery or a hospitalization, as a blessing to families welcoming a new baby, as a simple comfort in times of loss and grief, or just another way for us to say we love and care for one another.

  • Transportation
    A critically important activity is the provision of transportation for a handful of parishioners who are unable to drive to worship services, or have transportation needs around doctors appointments.

  • Flower Delivery
    After Sunday worship, a wedding or a funeral, each altar arrangement is delivered to parishioners who are ill or hospitalized, or in need for various reasons, or for celebration.


     

Bonding People-to-People and To Their Faith

SunriseCards of condolence, support and congratulations are sent to parishioners. 

A Plan and Prepare program discusses end-of-life issues that include the value of funeral planning, advance directives and hospice care. 

Members of the Spirituality Ministry team up with Trinity parents who have college kids, to make a care package from Trinity for each student.  The idea is simply to reach out, stay in touch and let each student know they are remembered by their church community.

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