Ways of Congregational Care
One of the most important and frequently mentioned areas identified for growth in the recent All Souls RenewalWorks survey was creating additional opportunities to reach out and provide support for our own parishioners in need. The programs listed below are available to all members, attendees, and friends, and we encourage your participation. Contact information is listed for each project.
All Souls Cares
All Souls Cares is a group of volunteers who meet monthly after Sundayservices, to pray and to send notes to members of the congregation and friends who may need some encouragement and to let them know that someone at All Souls is praying for them and wishing them well. Our meetings are centered on the St. James Prayer 5:13-20 which begins “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise”.
We invite you to join us as we evolve to determine the best ways to support our fellow All Souls parishioners. We also are working to compile and maintain a current list of those who are not able to attend church for any number of reasons, who may want a personal visit or call, or who may need other assistance. We encourage you to talk to Lisa or Jeffrey, or email them at All Souls Cares (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lisa Watson, chair
Jeffrey Hunter, vice chair
Our prayer list appears in our printed weekly newsletter and is emailed with the emailed newsletter each Thursday. To be included in this listing, please call or email the parish office, or fill out this form.
While the rector is the only paid priest on staff, our volunteer priests also assist in pastoral care, when their schedules permit. Clergy visit those in the hospital and those who are homebound, taking Holy Communion, and offering prayers for healing, and simple conversation. At church or at home, clergy are available to hear confessions and give absolution, anoint for healing, and anoint and pray at the time of death. To request pastoral care from a priest, please call the parish office or email the rector.
Monthly Eucharist at St. Mary’s Court
The rector celebrates Holy Eucharist at St. Mary’s Court, a residential living facility for those aged 62 or older. Normally the services is at 3 p.m. on the Second Thursday of each month. All are welcome to attend, befriend a resident, and be a supportive participant. St. Mary’s Court is located at 725 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037, several blocks from George Washington Hospital Center.
Laypersons who are members of All Souls are trained as healing ministers. At both services on the first Sunday of each month, healing ministers are available in the Mary Chapel during the administration of Holy Communion for prayer, laying of hands for healing, and anointing with holy oil. In addition, every Wednesday at Noon, the Low Mass includes prayers for healing with prayer, laying of hands for healing, and anointing with holy oil.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members and friends of All Souls prayerfully knit shawls and scarves which are then given to the sick as a tangible, visible expression of the prayers and love of the congregation. If you would like a prayer shawl (or scarf, which is often a good choice for a man), or if you would like to be a part of this ministry as a knitter or potential knitter, please contact Martha Domenico.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
All Souls would like to help train volunteers as Lay Eucharistic Visitors. If you have been a LEV in the past or in another parish and would like to be a part of this ministry at All Souls, please call or email the rector.
All Souls frequently works with
Cleveland Park & Woodley Park Village
The Cleveland & Woodley Park Village helps senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers.
Iona Senior Services
Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based services to help people age well and live well.
Seabury Senior Services
Seabury Resources for Aging's mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live with independence and dignity.
Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
The Wendt Center is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma. We provide mental health counseling, training and education, crisis response and case management services to ease the impact of illness, loss, and traumatic events. We respect individuals and their experiences, understand the pain of loss and trauma, and support people in their healing journey.