Pastoral Care & Visitation
The Director of Pastoral Care ministers to members who are experiencing a health crisis and are in the hospital or another care facility or at home. He may be reached by telephone at (817) 717-1030. He is available to take Holy Communion on a regular basis to members who are unable to come to the Service at church, either permanently or for some period of time. And he oversees the work of the Eucharistic Visitors whose ministry is described below, as well as the Stephen Ministry in the parish.
Altar Flowers Ministry
The Church Altar flowers are taken on Sunday to parishioners who are in the hospital or other locations in the in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. They are donated to the Church, Chapel and Children's Chapel by parishioners wishing to remember a loved one, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, etc. One may volunteer to take the Sunday flowers by calling the Parish office and if you know of someone in need of flowers to brighten their day, please also notify the Parish office. The cost of the flowers is as follows: $115.00 for the Church Altar, $75.00 for the Chapel Altar and $10.00 for the Children's Chapel Altar.
The clergy of St. Andrew's are available for personal counseling in their offices as needed by parish members or others. This should be arranged by appointment. The clergy adhere to the confidential nature of counseling sessions. Referrals will be made where appropriate. The Episcopal Church requires the services of a master's level social worker or a licensed marriage and family therapist for long-term solutions.
Through this ministry Communion is taken directly from a Sunday morning Service to parishioners who are unable to join the community at worship. The person who leads in the visit will have received training through the Pastoral Care Office and a license from the bishop. Normally another parishioner accompanies the leader, and this person requires no special training or a license. To inquire about training for this ministry or to indicate interest in accompanying a license Visitor on a visit, contact the Pastoral Care Office at (817) 717-1030.
St. Martha's Meals Ministry
St. Martha's Meals Ministry nourishes the needs of the parish with loaves and fishes. Bringing the body of Christ together, this ministry includes all who are willing to provide meals for families in times of need such as illness, death, new baby, or other such occasions. Contact Barbara Ragsdale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls are available to be given to persons experiencing sickness or other stressful circumstances. Parishioners taking part in this ministry knit the shawls according to a simple pattern, praying all the while for those who will receive them. Upon completion the shawls are blessed by one of the clergy and, when a need arises, delivered along with a beautiful Prayer Shawl blessing card. The reported joy and comfort experienced by those receiving shawls are a great blessing as well to those who create these precious gifts.
The Prayer Chain
The Prayer Chain exists at St. Andrew’s to hold daily before God the names and needs of persons who request that of its members. The names are held in strict confidence among the members of the group and must be resubmitted regularly to remain on the list. Each member of the team prays on his own after his own fashion. Very occasionally the members meet for the purpose of good communication and to exchange ideas. Names may be submitted to Ethel Warren at email@example.com or call St. Andrew’s office and leave a message on extension 3501. This is a secure extension. Permission should be obtained before submitting the name of someone other than oneself.