in times of need
The clergy at St John’s are available to visit or meet with people in need of any kind, such as illness, grief, or other personal issues. Please contact the parish office – 03 9882 4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org – in the first instance.
A parish pastoral care team, consisting of a number of parishioners and an honorary lay minister, assist the clergy in this important ministry. The team’s primary responsibility is to advise and support the clergy in providing practical and spiritual assistance to parishioners with special needs.
Team members visit parishioners in nursing homes and special accommodation units, as well as in hospital for long stays or in rehabilitation services. Meals are provided for parishioners who are convalescing after hospital stays, and assistance is provided to transport parishioners to services and social events at St John’s. The team also takes responsibility for organising the men’s ministry dinners and welcome lunches for new parishioners
Lay Eucharistic assistants take the sacrament of Holy Communion to people too ill or frail to attend church.
The clergy offer anointing to people who are sick or in special need, either at church, at home or in hospital. Anointing is a sacramental rite of the Christian Church with biblical warrant. A service for anointing and laying on of hands is provided in the current Australian Anglican prayer book, A Prayer Book for Australia.
The clergy also offer the rite of reconciliation (sometimes called confession), also provided for in A Prayer Book for Australia. This rite is sometimes sought by parishioners and others before the major Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter.