Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Commission assists the Rector in overseeing the pastoral care needs of the congregation of St Philip's in a timely, effective and compassionate manner.  Groups under the Commission include Daughters of the King, Odd Jobbers, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Stephen Ministry,The Grief Share Group and the recently reorganized Care teams.

Neighborhood Care Teams are made up from the parish directory list and at this time there are 20 areas with at least one care team leader for each area.  It is the goal of the team leaders to make contact with team members to see if help is desired with need for food in times of illness or death, prayer requests, transportation to church or appointments, respite relief for short periods of time for caregivers, need for help with small jobs, communication or information about church functions to be passed on or just to say a friendly “hello”.  Contacts may be made by e-mail, phone calls, or letters from a leader.  If you are new or wish to be contacted by your neighborhood team leader please call the church office or contact Barbara Edwards…910-253-6933…Vestry Pastoral Care Commission.

Stephen Ministry
The Stephen Series logo symbolizes that we all are broken people and that it is through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" - Romans 12:15.  Our Rector will always be on the front line of care, especially during times of crisis.  But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than our minister can effectively handle alone.
 
What is Stephen Ministry?
Some members of our congregation have been trained to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  These are times when you could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.
 
We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis such as:
  • loss of a loved one
  • hospitalization
  • divorce or separation
  • loneliness or discouragement
  • spiritual crisis
  • unemployment or a job crisis
  • a terminal illness
  • aging
  • a chronic illness
  • relocation
  • birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • recovery after an accident or disaster
  • alone in the house
  • incarceration

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry:  The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
 
How do I get connected to a Stephen Minister?
If you or someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister please contact the church office at 910-457-5643.  A Stephen Leader will contact you. 
 
How do I become a Stephen Minister?
Each applicant is carefully selected when they express an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister.  If you are interested in learing more about becoming a Stephen Minister Please contact the church office at 910-457-5643 and a Stephen Leader will contact you.