Congregational Care at St. Paul's is not something that is done by one person or only by the clergy. Rather, we are all called to care for those in the community and those that are part of our church family. Consider the many ways you can serve and participate in this ministry:
Visitation. Visit members and family members in these situations:
- Homebound. Visit those who are no longer able to come to church or who need some occasional assistance.
- Hospitalized. Visit those in hospitals in addition to the visits made by St. Paul’s clergy.
- Senior Communities. Visit those who live in independent or assisted living senior adult communities.
Praying, Calling and Note-Writing. Work closely with the visitation teams, keeping in touch with members who have been released from the hospital as well as others who are at home or in senior communities and may benefit from a call. Team members also call new church members to welcome them to St. Paul’s. Others can write cards of encouragement or offer support at semi-annual prayer vigils.
Meal Service Hospitality. Provide hospitality and serve meals for events at St. Paul’s.
Prayer Quilts. Make prayer quilts for church and family members and friends who can benefit from this tangible show of our love and concern. Meets the 1st Sunday of the month, 1–4 pm in Abraham Station. Email Sari Frey at email@example.com
Healing Circles. Allows exploration of emotions and experiences in a safe environment. Circles for grief and loss, those experiencing divorce, those who are survivors of sexual assault and abuse, teens, and anyone in need of healing and wholeness. www.stpaulshouston.org/healing-circles
Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids. On the 1st Sundays of the month at 12:15 pm, join in a time of connection and mutual support for parents whose children of any age have developmental, emotional, medical, or learning differences. You do not need to be a member of St. Paul’s. Lunch and childcare provided. Email Jennifer West at firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment Encouragement. A faith-based approach to connection, support, and individualized coaching for all who are job transitioning. Meets several times a year for workshops and lunch. Email Jennifer West at email@example.com
Veterans Helping Veterans. Veterans come together on Wednesdays, noon–1 pm in the Youth Center, to share their service experience and its impact in their lives. Also a time to exchange resources with each other and request support. Lunch is provided. www.stpaulshouston.org/veterans
Addiction Recovery. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope. Groups meet at St. Paul’s on Sundays at 6 pm in S-109; Mondays at noon in S-109; and Wednesdays at noon in S-105. Additionally, a Spanish-speaking group meets on Sundays at 5 pm in A-101. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women recovering from alcoholism through mutual support and accountability. An open meeting called Calumet Friends meets on Mondays at 7 pm in J-203. Email Marisa Cisneros at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about any of the ministry areas listed above, please contact Nina Hall, Ministry Assistant to Congregational Care, at email@example.com or call (713) 528-0527.