Pastoral Care Ministries

Pastoral Care Lay Ministries support the well-being of all church members and supplement – not replace – the activities of clergy, so that clergy can attend to more immediate personal and spiritual needs of members. Volunteers are needed for three developing pastoral care lay ministries: Friendly Visitors Program; Transportation Ministry; and Meals Ministry. If you are interested in learning more about these activities and the trainings that are involved, please contact Michelle Layman or Wayne Piper and sign up on the bulletin board in the Pine Room.


St. Luke’s Pastoral Care Mission Statement
St. Luke’s is a faithful community dedicated to providing compassionate and caring support for one another as Christ loves and cares for us.  We do so through caring relationships, attentiveness to parishioners’ pastoral needs, assisting and nurturing members in times of crisis and transition, and striving to maintain a connection with all members of our church family, especially the homebound, elderly, infirm, physically and emotionally challenged.


Pastoral Care Goals and Beliefs
We seek to help all parishioners see themselves as active partners in the mission and ministry of the church.

We believe that each member has spiritual gifts to offer. Our goal in this ministry is to educate, organize, and empower members of St. Luke’s who feel called to this ministry to provide pastoral care by accepting and preparing for the responsibilities of laity to care for each other.

It is our belief that during times of health crisis, life’s transitions, and difficult times, a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize, pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care can make a difference in the lives of both givers an receivers.

We strive to serve others as we are all called to do in our Baptismal vows. We believe that in serving others, we serve Christ himself.

We believe that lay ministry pastoral care can supplement the pastoral care provided by clergy and provide for the needs of those whose care may go unmet. . This allows clergy to more fully address other pastoral crises, do hospital and surgical visitations, and meet immediate personal and spiritual needs of members of the parish.

We recognize that some prefer to have pastoral care provided only by the clergy, and we will offer each parishioner the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to be served by these lay ministries.

We believe in the ministry of presence, selfless listening support, and the importance of staying connected through this ministry of connection.  We are committed to the well being of our members.

What are the Pastoral Care Lay Ministries of St. Luke’s?
Lay ministries that offer opportunities to serve are: Audio Companions, Card Ministry, Eucharistic Visitors, Friendly Visitors, Needlers: Prayer Shawls, Baby Blankets and Lap Robes, Meals Ministry, Prayer Chain/Prayer Group Ministry, and Transportation Ministry.

Some of the lay ministries are short term and some require longer term commitments. Refer to the description of each ministry in this manual.

Have we missed something?
Often, ministries within congregations begin by a parishioner having a passion to serve in a particular area.  If you are feeling called to a ministry not currently offered, please talk with Father Applegate or Deacon Mary.

Whom do we serve?
The primary goal of St. Luke’s lay pastoral care ministry is to meet the ongoing needs of our parishioners.

Who can serve as a Lay Pastoral Care Minister?
All baptized Christians are called by Christ to serve others in need both within the congregation and within the greater community.

How do I know I am qualified to serve as a Lay Pastoral Care Minister?
Caring for others requires a compassionate heart and a ministry of presence. If you are feeling a passion or call for any of these lay ministries we suggest that you talk to the Rev. Dr. Stephen Applegate, the Rev. Dcn. Mary Raysa, or the leader of the specific lay ministry.

Does it take any additional training to participate in a Lay Pastoral Care Ministry?
There are a few lay ministries that do require some training as required by the Diocese of Southern Ohio and by the nature of the ministry itself. For example, both Eucharistic visitors and participants in the Friendly Visitor program will receive additional training. Such training will help develop and broaden the relationships with those you serve as well as deepen your own spiritual faith. It is best to refer to the individual ministry description to identify any additional training that might be required.

I have a family member or know of a parishioner who is in need of care and support.  Whom do I contact?
We recommend you contact any one of the people below:
Church Office, 740-587-0167,
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Applegate, 740- 587-0167,
The Rev. Dcn. Mary Raysa, 614-537-3972,

Community Resources
While the purpose of this manual is to describe Lay Pastoral Care Ministries within our parish, we are fortunate that the Licking County community offers a number of both complementary and private services that are helpful in assisting those who have specific needs. Here is a list of some websites and contact numbers you might find helpful.


Card Ministry

Eucharistic Visitors

Friendly Visitors

Meals Ministry

Prayer Chain/Prayer Groups

Transportation Ministry