ALWAYS FEEDING, HOUSING, & HEALING

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. 

 
 

HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY

The Health and Wellness Ministry plans and provides St. Luke’s parishioners and the wider community health care-related information and programs. The ministry emphasizes integrated health in all areas of our lives, and shares health-related topics in direct response to parishioners’ requests and desires.

This is accomplished in the form of a biennial Health Fair, talks at Grounds for Discussion, speakers,family activities, handouts and bulletin messages, etc.

The group meets monthly, and all are welcome. 

Ministry Lay Leader:
 Shelly Morehead

CARD MINISTRY

This ministry reaches out in many ways. Notes of welcome are sent to all new family/individual members of the parish, sympathy cards sent to members as needed, get well, new baby, thinking of you, etc.

The office alerts the card sender to the need and the cards are purchased and mailed by the sender.  A list of recipients  are kept with the date and purpose of the card.

The goal of this ministry is to keep connected to and express support for our members.  The card is signed “Your St. Luke’s family.”

EUCHARISTIC VISITORS

A Eucharistic Visitor’s primary role is sacramental in nature. You become an extension of the entire Body of Christ as you take the consecrated elements from either a Sunday worship service or the Wednesday healing service to the homebound, infirmed, and those unable to attend regular worship services at St. Lukes.

The Eucharistic Visitor leaves directly from the service symbolizing a sign of the whole community’s care for those unable to come to church, offers a sacramental connection, and nurtures a continued relationship with the faithful.

Eucharistic Visitors is also a ministry of presence, healing, and hope. God is using you to share His love and offer a foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet.

Visitations are once a month and generally thirty to forty five minutes in length.

The Diocese does require Safe Church Training certification. There is also some local training involved by the clergy.

PRAYER GROUP & PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY

We, at St. Luke’s, believe in the healing power of prayer. Praying for our own needs and those of others deepens the relationship with God and the entire Body of Christ.

There are two established prayer ministry opportunities for those feeling called to serve in this ministry.

Prayer Group
A group of several parishioners who pray every week for the entire congregation on five consecutive days of each week.  The week is divided into five groups of parishioners from lists sent to the group leader by Dagny Gelormo at the office every Monday.  It is then emailed to the group members. As new parishioners join the church, they are added to the lists and a new list for that day is sent to the leader and then to the members of the group. The group also prays for the list that is located at the back of the church for people that are in special need.

Prayer Chain
A group of parishioners who pray for special and emergent needs as they come up;  i.e., a sudden surgery, an accident, etc.  The group members are informed by the leader who has been requested either by the person needing the prayers or Deacon Mary Raysa. This is not a long lasting prayer list but only for a day or two as the need and request arises. If further prayers are wanted, they can be requested to be added to the prayer list in the back of the church.

If you would like to join this lay ministry and/or have someone you would like to add to the list of those prayed for by the Prayer Group or Prayer Chain, please contact the leader below.

Ministry’s Lay Leader: Emojean Kyle

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Are you a caregiver for an older adult? A person experiencing on-going sickness or disability? A friend or family member receiving end-of-life care? The services and programs below provide support for caregivers.  

If you would like to speak with a lay minister about the kinds of caregiver support services that are available please contact Mary Tuominen through the church office.  If you would like to speak with a member of the professional pastoral staff please contact the church office.

Central Ohio Caregiver Network
Caregiving can be demanding work and the Central Ohio Caregiver Network can help by providing services, assistance, and training for caregivers and their families. For more information contact the Central Ohio Caregiver Network online or by phone 614-645-7250. For a copy of the caregiver brochure describing the variety of services available click here.

Caregiver Respite Grants
Respite care is care that provides temporary relief to a caregiver. Trained staff members can help you decide what services best meet your needs.

Depending on income levels respite services may be available at little or no cost. The award may be up to a maximum of $1,000 per year per recipient (e.g. 50 hours of respite care per year).

Caregiver respite grants are available through the Licking County Aging Program. Please contact Irene by email or 740-345-082 for more information about caregiver respite grants.

Caregiver Support Groups
Five caregiver support groups are available in Licking County.

Middleton Senior Living 
Contact: Max Kirby, 740-587-0059 | Dementia/Alzheimers Needs
Meets: 11:30 am, 2nd Wednesday of each month at Middleton in Granville

Kendal at Granville 
Contact: Joee Simpson, 740-321-0400
Meets: 3:00 pm, 1st Wednesday of each month at Kendal in Granville

Newark Care & Rehab 
Contact: Beth Mueller, 740-344-0357 x52 | Dementia/Alzheimers Needs
Meets: Noon-1:00 pm, last Thursday of each month at Newark Care and Rehab in Newark

First Light Home Care 
Contact: Bethany Cain, 740-322-6000
Meets: Noon-1:00 pm on 2nd Tuesday of each month at Chapel Grove in Heath (lunch provided) 

Carol Strawn Adult Day Center 
Contact: Amanda, 740-345-5190 | Dementia/Alzheimers Needs
Meets: 1:00-3:00 pm 4th Wednesday of each month at Newark Public Library

FRIENDLY VISITORS

The Friendly Visitor program strives to help parishioners maintain social interaction with our faith community, to let them know they are remembered and help relieve loneliness and feelings of isolation.

Visitors will visit a maximum of twice a month and a minimum of once a month. Visits might include such activities as reading to a person, writing letters, playing cards or other games, sharing news of St Luke’s or sharing a cup of tea.

No prior experience is needed as training is required and will be provided with ongoing support to volunteers.

The Lay Leader’s responsibilities are to recruit, screen, train and support volunteer visitors. The Lay Leaders will also receive referrals on individuals in need and make an initial visit to determine needs and match with a potential volunteer visitor.

Ministry Lay Leader:
 Wayne Piper