The St. Peter's Church Pastoral Care Committee was formed in 2013 by the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in order to be responsive to the needs of parishioners. The committee is comprised of the Assistant Rector as chair, a vestry liaison, and four to five members of the parish. The Committee meets quarterly and oversees the ministries of the Parish Care Team, The Comforters, Heart and Hands Knitting Ministry, and Eucharistic Visitors.
St. Peter’s Care Team
The Parish Caring Team is comprised of volunteers from around the parish who are willing to help out when a parishioner has a need. This could be transportation to and from church services/events or to doctors' appointments. It could be preparing meals to those recovering from surgery, or visiting someone in the hospital. The Caring Team also helps parents when they first bring home a newborn, adopted, or foster child. There are also volunteers who send out birthday cards and grieving booklets when a loved one has passed away. When a need arises, an email is sent to those on the Parish Caring Team and if someone can help at that time, then great! If not, he or she may be able to help another time. It's easy to join: just provide your name and email address to Pastor Greg Harbaugh at: email@example.com.
Heart and Hands Knitting Ministry
This group of knitters and crocheters meets on the 2nd Monday night of each month from September to May at 5 pm in the Parish Parlor for fellowship while knitting! Prayer shawls are given as a means of comfort and blessing to persons within and outside St. Peter's. Each shawl has a prayer leaflet included. Other projects include knit hats, scarves, and wash cloths for homeless persons and baby blankets for our youngest baptized children. Becky Kerrigan and Lori Butler coordinate the group which includes both beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters. To join, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Comforters are a group of ladies who meet every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a zoom meeting to participate in a Bible study and to pray for the people of the parish, those in local, state or federal government, those serving in the armed forces, or those who have been placed on the Comforter Prayer list. If there is particular need for prayers, a member of The Comforters sends an email to those who are willing to pray for that situation, as well as any others that may arise. Membership is mostly comprised of members of St. Peter's Church; however, anyone is welcome to join. To send a prayer request contact Trudy Day at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the Parish Office: 410-742-5118.
Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) are specially trained and licensed lay people who take communion to parishioners who are not able to make it to church. This could be because of issues related to aging or short-term reasons such as recovery from illness or surgery. Eucharistic Visitor teams are commissioned from one of the Sunday services to take communion to the parishioner(s) shortly after the service, so that person can continue to feel a part of the parish family. Formal training is provided by the Bishop's Institute, an educational ministry of the Diocese of Easton. Once trained, a new EV will be paired with a veteran EV for on-the-job training.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Eucharistic Visitor, please contact Pastor Greg Harbaugh at 814-777-6289 or email@example.com.
Please contact the Parish Office or Assistant Rector, Pastor Greg Harbaugh, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.