The ministry of pastoral care is shared by every member of our parish. As Christians in community, we care for one another.
Confidential healing prayer, a warm meal, a comforting and listening presence, communion brought to those who cannot come to church: these are among the many ways we tend to one another’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Clergy and lay pastoral caregivers are available to provide one-to-one care to parishioners in crisis or facing long-term challenges as well as to those who are homebound, ill, in hospital or in a nursing or rehab facility.
St. John’s Healing Prayer and Anointing ministers have been trained to pray with and to anoint those who need to bring their joys, sufferings, and intercessions to God in prayer.
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, Healing Prayer and Anointing will be offered in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple on Sunday mornings during the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10 o’clock service. For those who attend the 8 o’clock liturgy, please request this ministry of the clergy who will pray with you and anoint you after the service.
“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.”
— James 5:13-14 (NRSV)
If you believe you are called to help meet the needs of fellow parishioners in these ways, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know would like a visit from a priest or lay pastoral caregiver, please call the parish office or contact a member of the clergy directly.
Note: In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact a member of the clergy directly or call the St. John’s office at (651) 228-1172.
Saint John’s Circle of Care
The Saint John’s Circle of Care works closely with the clergy to provide care and support to parishioners in three ways: pastoral visitors, prayer lists, and Eucharistic visitors.
This is a ministry of listening and one-to-one lay pastoral care. Confidentiality and caring are central to our ministry with parishioners going through difficult transitions, such as separation or divorce, the aging or death of a loved one, illness, retirement or job loss. Our lay pastoral caregivers are trained through Community of Hope International.
Public Sunday Prayer List
Our whole worshipping community prays for the people on our Sunday prayer list during the Prayers of the People. These names (first name only) are also listed in the bulletin, and many parishioners take the list home to pray for people during the week. If you or someone in your life would like to be prayed for during our Sunday worship, please contact the parish office or clergy with your prayer request. Prayers will continue weekly for one month or as otherwise requested.
Confidential Prayer Chain
This group prays each day for the specific needs of parishioners, their family members, and friends. If you or someone in your life would like to be prayed for but would rather not have your name used publicly in the Prayers of the People on Sundays, contact the clergy with your prayer request. You may also write out your request and place it in the offering plate. Prayer requests and their contents are confidential. Prayers will continue daily for one month or as otherwise requested.
These lay people bring communion to parishioners who are unable to come to church. Eucharistic visitors are sent forth with the sacrament from the Sunday worship service, thereby affirming the integral relationship of the individual Christian to the Body of Christ. Lay Eucharistic visitors have received training and been licensed by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion at home, in hospital or at another facility, please contact the parish office or a member of the clergy.