Pastoral Care

Please call the church office if you are interested in helping, or if you are in need of pastoral care. Hospitals and care facilities do not notify the church when a parishioner is admitted.

“That others may know God’s love through us.”

Church Open for Prayer The doors are open for prayer daily from 10 am – 1 pm and 5:30 to 6:00 pm. The Memorial Garden is a peaceful place to pray and is always open.

  Offer a RideSome of our parishioners would appreciate a ride to church on Sundays and to special church events. With enough volunteer drivers, the ride would be one-way, and not every week. Rides are arranged in advance according to your schedule.

 Flower Delivery A long-time tradition of Grace Church is to deliver the Sunday Altar flowers to people who are ill, homebound or  celebrating a very special event. The Flower Committee prepares the bouquets after the 10 am service for delivery that day.  Two people are assigned each Sunday to deliver a total of two or three bouquets after church. Deliveries are local and volunteers are asked to deliver once every four to six weeks.

 Share-a-Dish We offer home-cooked dishes to parishioners who are just home from the hospital or coping with the loss of a loved one. This care is a meaningful way to express our concern for them. Please leave your name at the Church Office to let us know that you can, on occasion, share a dish with a parishioner. Meals are
coordinated in advance. You may also bring a meal and put it in the freezer for use at a later date.

 Friendly VisitingWe have a number of shut-ins who would appreciate a card, phone call, or a visit just to keep in touch with the church and the neighborhood around them. It means a lot to know that your presence at church is missed. It is up to the volunteers how often they call or visit. Training provided.

 Eucharistic VisitorA Eucharistic Visitor brings the Sacrament to parishioners who are unable to come to church. Visits are made on Sundays following the service, usually once every four to six weeks. Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Diocese and require special training. Clergy approval is needed before registering for classes, which are usually held once a year.

 Knitting for Sailors Calling all knitters! Knitters are needed to make hats and scarves for the Seamen’s Institute located in Port Newark, New Jersey. This active port serves as a temporary home for sailors, many of whom are from more tropical climates. We have the pattern and some wool and needles to get you started. The hats and scarves are very much appreciated by the sailors!

Retreats We notify the parishioners about various Retreats and Quiet Days that take place around the Diocese or in our parish.

 The Bible and Book StudyOn Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. from September through June we have a simple Eucharist followed by a study. 

 Literature We offer “Forward Day by Day” devotional booklets, as well as other pamphlets to encourage and nourish people in their lives of prayer and faith. There is no charge for the materials, but if you would like to - place a donation in the wooden outreach box hanging on the wall in the narthex.

 Pastoral Care for the Body and SpiritWe offer exercise, yoga, and ballet classes in the Parish Hall on various evenings. Please call the office for the schedule, or see the back of the Sunday bulletin.

 Hospice Training Grace Church receives notices from St. Barnabas and Mountainside Hospitals for friendly visitor training. Visitors can make phone calls, visits to the person’s home, or the hospital.

 Support for Families of the MilitaryThe Military Family and Friends group meets quarterly on a Sunday afternoon. This group is open to the families of active and recently returned military. Please call the church office for the date of the next meeting. 

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of Christian Life. It strengthens our connection with God and strengthens our community. In Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 5:17) we are reminded that we are to “Pray without ceasing.” Take a few moments every day and offer up in prayer the people you know and even people you do not know who are in special need of God’s love and care.

Morning & Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer is pastoral care for our own spiritual development, prayer for others, and prayer for the world. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer is read daily at our church; Morning Prayer according to the reader’s schedule, and Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm most days of the week. You are welcome to attend any of these services. We will also train you if you would like to read it yourself.

 Prayer Chain

We have a prayer chain that is now communicated by e-mail. If you would like to make a commitment to pray for people who are facing an operation, acute illness, or in need some other way, please send your e-mail address to be included in this ministry.