Our associate for pastoral care and parish life will… • Offer a full range of traditional pastoral care to our congregation. That includes our most senior members (we have 100 members over the age of 80!) who can no longer attend church regularly. It includes all members of the congregation at a time of illness, death or other transition in their lives. This priest will provide sacramental ministry to those in hospitals or nursing homes. • Oversee our Stephen Ministry. Supervise Eucharistic Visitors and our Angel Food (meals at times of need) and prayer shawl ministries. • Lead our Thursday morning St. Anne’s Bible study that attracts 10-15 participants and focuses on a variety of topics and themes. • Build on our already strong lay pastoral-care team: help additional parishioners discern their gifts for this ministry, provide training and support, coordinate volunteers, and provide thanks and affirmation for all involved in this Christ-like work. • Develop a grief ministry. Provide support for caregivers to the very elderly (often their senior-age sons and daughters). • Expand the definition of pastoral care beyond long-term ministry to the elderly and short-term ministry to those undergoing stressful changes or brief hospitalization. Envision how it can include youth, young adults, and those of middle age who can benefit from a listening ear and an acknowledgment of the stresses and speed bumps at the various ages and stages of our lives. • Enrich and deepen our spiritual lives. Develop programs that strengthen us as people who are both spiritual and religious. Make spirituality a regular part of our conversation at St. John’s. • Improve our connections to new members, leading our Invite, Welcome, Connect program: Inviting those who are without a church home to visit St. John’s, supporting our welcome team, and incorporating new members into our life here. • Identify, train, and support parish life lay leaders and ministries, including: Greeters, SPUDS (40s and 50s), SALT (seniors), and the Parish Weekend at our Diocesan camp and conference center. • Oversee intergenerational parish fellowship events. • Participate in the full range of preaching, celebrating and teaching.