As followers of our Lord Christ, who is Pastor and Comforter, we, the people of the Advent are called to extend Christ’s healing care to one another in a nurturing family by providing support and encouragement in the face of life’s constant changes.
Pastoral Care at the Advent embodies the primary mission of the Guild of St. Francis & St. Clare to “be Christ’s light” in the midst of “the cares and concerns of parishioners.” Many at the Advent benefit from the pastoral care of their fellow parishioners. Volunteers in pastoral ministries embody God’s unbounded love for all. They bring to those in distress, loneliness, or anxiety the good news that nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus. If you are interested in participating in pastoral care ministries, please consider the following opportunities.
The Rev. Paula Griffin, Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, leads our pastoral care ministry. The clergy at the Advent take turns being on-call in the case of pastoral emergencies. If someone is in the hospital or has an urgent need to see a priest, one of our clergy is available 24 hours a day at 864-590-5602.
The clergy are also available for pastoral conversation, spiritual direction, and guidance. To make an appointment, you may call the church office at 864-585-2268 or send an e-mail to any of our clergy through the staff directory.
Prayer is at the heart of our life as a faith community. At the Episcopal Church of the Advent, we pray for one another in several ways and invite you to request prayer by the clergy, the parish, or the Daughters of the King.
You may also request that someone be added to the printed prayer list that is included in our Sunday service bulletins. This could be a prayer for yourself or for a loved one, friend, or colleague. Before submitting someone’s name to be added to the published prayer list, please ask their permission.
You may request prayer by the Daughters of the King, a group of women who offer intercessory prayer on behalf of those who request it; these prayer requests are held in strict confidence and are not included in the published prayer list.
In addition to these opportunities, you may attend the Weekday Holy Eucharist where healing prayer is offered.
Click here to submit your prayer request.
Types of Care
The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service, and Evangelism. They have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and follow Him as Lord of their lives. The DOK are an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church.
The Bereavement Ministry of the Church of the Advent stands ready to respond to the cares and concerns of families in the midst of the loss of loved ones. Coordinators serve one month each year by coordinating the efforts of approximately 100 volunteers. Bereavement’s efforts are directed at all aspects of care-giving during the bereavement period, including the organization and provision of receptions following funerals and memorial services at the Advent.
The Short Term Care team ministry delivers meals to parishioners who have experienced illness or are in a time of transition. Such needs include illness, hospitalization, surgical recovery, and the arrival of a new baby. By responding to parishioners when they need it most, the Short Term Care team shares the light of Christ by bringing a meal—all lovingly prepared by the Guild of St. Francis & St. Clare in the Advent kitchen.
The Long Term Care team is dedicated to attending to the long-term pastoral needs of homebound parishioners as well as those with restricted mobility. Team members might deliver a meal or flowers as a way of reconnecting with parishioners who cannot otherwise make it to church.
The Pastoral Visitors team reaches out routinely whenever a helping hand or a caring ear is needed. This group is uniquely qualified to assist others in time of personal need.
The Card Ministry provides ongoing long-term contact to those in our parish who are home-bound. Postcards are sent to this constituency every month, while special greeting cards are mailed at Easter and Christmas. The Card Ministry also reaches out to parishioners on the anniversary of a loved one’s death.
The Flower Delivery ministry arranges and delivers small vases of altar flowers to parishioners to mark the joy of a baby’s birth, to give thanks for a special service to the church, or to offer sympathy and hope when there is illness, crisis, or grief.