As Christians we are called to care for one another. One way we do that is through our Pastoral Care ministry. Our priest and deacon are available, but pastoral care is also a ministry of the laity. As such we have a team of people that are here to help when you need it.
When Do We Help?
Some events where pastoral care is offered include:
- The birth of a child
- A hospitalization or illness
- A death in the family
- Other emergency
If you have such an event or emergency, please call the church office at 919-846-8338 or select Contact Us
The church office will inform the priest or deacon of the situation, as well as the month’s lay pastoral care captain. One or both of them will follow up with you to talk with you and determine your needs and how we as a community can best help. We are here to help you; please contact us to talk.
What Can We Do?
We can provide meals for you and your family for up to six weeks. Do you need some encouragement? Let us know and we’ll visit you and send you cards and letters of encouragement. We can also send a Lay Eucharistic Minister to you to administer the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist so that you continue to participate in our church life.
We are here to help each other; please let us know how we can help you.
Are you interested in helping other parishioners in this way? Please visit the Ministry Teams page for the name of the Pastoral Care Team leader and Vestry liaison. Or you may contact the church office at 919-846-8338 or by selecting Contact Us
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one form of pastoral care for anyone who is going through a difficult time in his or her life. The ministry began some 20 years ago at Nativity and has been re-energized by the Pastoral Care Ministry Team to provide greater long-term assistance to members of our congregation.
Stephen Ministers provide confidential, Christian care to people facing a range of difficulties including loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce or separation, unemployment, spiritual crisis, recovery from an accident or illness and many other challenging and traumatic circumstances. Stephen Ministry is a nationwide program created almost 40 years ago and offers specialized training for members of our congregation who are called to become a Stephen Minister.
George Douglas and Phyllis Barnwell are currently active Stephen Ministers at Nativity. Others are in training now. Nativity participates in a consortium with two other churches in North Raleigh: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and North Raleigh United Methodist Church. Some 35 Stephen Ministers work together to provide ministry to those in need from all three churches.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care of a Stephen Minister, or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister yourself, please contact George Douglas or Phyllis Barnwell.
Caring through Prayer
Nativity offers several communal ways to pray for others:
1. You may join Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service and evangelism. All DoK members pray daily for our members, friends, and family and for the world at large. Contact Carolyn Kerr to add a name to the Daughters prayer list.
2. Prayers of the People are offered during Sunday services as requested by parishioners for those inside and outside Nativity. Contact the church office (919-846-8338) to have names added to the Prayers of the People list.
3. A prayer chain of parishioners offers up prayers daily. Contact Anita Kerr to request prayers for the special needs of parishioners, family, and friends.
In the Event of Death
When a loved one dies, contact the Rector, the Rev. Stephanie Allen, to make arrangements for a funeral or memorial service and possible burial of ashes on the church grounds.