Caring Community

Part of being a community is caring for one another. 

One of the things many people notice about this church is the ways we care for each other, and for those outside our wall. This is central to who we are as a faith community: if you are in need, we will try to help you; and when you are able, we hope you will help others.

Our pastoral care efforts take many forms. The Sunday service often includes a time for people to light candles and name those in need. We hold them in our hearts and prayers, and this information helps us to reach out in specific ways.

The Caring Support Team is a group of volunteers who organize rides, meals, and other forms of short-term support for folks in need due to aging, illness, and other life transitions. Members of the congregation make this support possible by being part of our Wider Network of Care, offering these tangible ways of helping.

The Pastoral Support Team meet regularly with Rev. Frank Clarkson, and along with Rev. Frank, provides home and hospital visits and pastoral care. Members of the team have experience and training in helping people deal with life crises. They help extend the pastoral ministry here by visiting and by being a caring and supportive presence for people in the congregation.

For more personal and acute pastoral needs, contact Rev. Frank Clarkson. If you are struggling with a personal or a spiritual crisis, if you know of someone in the hospital or in trouble, if you need someone to talk to, Rev. Frank would like to hear from you. He offers a a listening ear and a caring presence, and can help with referrals to more specialized providers if needed. He’s also the person to speak to about rites of passages like weddings, funerals and child blessings and baptisms. In a pastoral emergency, you’ll find Frank’s mobile phone number on his voicemail: 978-372-5173 x2.