The following lay ministry teams work with other St. John’s ministries, parish, clergy, and staff to provide pastoral care to the members of the parish. The Pastoral Care Committee meets to coordinate, stay in touch, and identify changing needs of the parish. Eucharistic Visitors and Love In Action visitors complete Safe Church training offered by the Upper Diocese of South Carolina.
The Agape group provides meals, transportation, visits and cards to parish families at times of illness, death, and other stressful circumstances. This combined ministry of caregivers supplements the support of guilds, friends and families.
Altar Flower Delivery
Volunteers deliver altar flowers each Sunday to St. John's homebound, sick, hospitalized, and grieving, or to those celebrating special events. Along with altar flowers, members also receive the church bulletin and a card from St. John's.
The Priest in Charge trains St. John’s members for this ministry. Upon request, Eucharistic Visitors take Holy Communion from the principal services each Sunday to parishioners who are hospitalized, home bound, or ill at home and unable to come to church.
Hospitality to the Grieving
When requested, Hospitality volunteers arrange and host a reception in the Heyward Hall parlor or Barr Center at the time of a funeral or memorial service. The church and volunteers provide modest refreshments which can be supplemented by friends and family.
Members pray confidentially in response to requests from parishioners for St. John’s members, families and friends, and others in crisis such as illness or faily issues. Team members pray for one week for each person for healing and peace. Requests for prayers may be made on-line at www.stjohnscolumbia.org.
Love In Action (LIA)
St. John's lay visitation committee members regularly visit parishioners who are at home or in a care facility and unable to attend church. Some LIA members do not visit but send Christmas, Easter, birthday and other cards. Love in Action visitors become extended family to parish members they visit and correspond with during the year.