Jesus said: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
A wise pastor once said that the pastoral ministry of the Church involves reminding God’s People of who they are in Christ, over and over again. Here at Trinity, we believe that Jesus Christ has joined us in our very flesh, to help us become healed, whole, and free. At Trinity, we believe in an approach that is non-judgmental, open to all kinds of questions, and focused on liberty of conscience and growth in Christ.
Christians are highly imperfect people, called to grow in holiness and follow in the steps of Jesus together. We experience God’s love in the midst of our weakness and imperfection, as well as our gifts and strengths. In addition to private care for people and families, we emphasize an approach that strives to create a life-giving community with appropriate boundaries with Jesus and his love at the center. Where it is helpful or needed, we support partnerships with other healing professions.
Pastoral care ministries at Trinity involve the entire congregation. Some lay ministries of pastoral care are on hiatus at present due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we are in the early stages of bringing back our Eucharistic Visitors and other ways brothers and sisters help each other. Pastoral care is a dimension of our ministries of worship, fellowship, and Christian formation as well. As St. Paul says in the letter to the Galatians, we are to “bear each other’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
Times of death, grief, illness, worry, loneliness, separation, military deployment, loss of employment, changes in significant relationships, or trauma are all appropriate occasions to call our priest, Fr. Bill Carroll. (His contact information appears below.) Please also contact him if you are considering marriage in the church, have a child to be baptized, or desire baptism, confirmation, or renewal of vows. He is eager to get to know you in good times and bad times alike.
If appropriate, he will also try to help you find resources in the community. No question or concern is too small. Anything that is on your mind, or any way we can help you or your family with life’s challenges or spiritual growth, is an appropriate subject for prayer and conversation here at Trinity.
Fr. Bill is available to make hospital calls, home visits (either outdoors on a porch or for very limited time indoors), or to visit at the church office. He is especially eager to provide the sacraments to those who are sick and shut in and to provide assurance of the presence and pardon of Jesus for the many challenges of life.
In the Episcopal Church, we do offer the ministry of the reconciliation of a penitent (also known as private confession). This is on an “as needed” basis and is not required. It is especially appropriate in Lent, but available at any time by appointment.