The mission of Emmanuel's Pastoral Care Team is to reach out to members of the congregation and the community in times of need and crisis: to visit people in their homes, hospitals, seniors' residences and long-term care facilities; to offer a presence and a compassionate shoulder; to LISTEN; to offer prayers of support; and, to assist with funeral and memorial services.
Specialized ministries of the Pastoral Care Team include:
Prayer Shawl ministry - prayer shawls and lap blankets are knitted by volunteers as they offer up prayers of support. These are distributed to the sick and shut-ins in the Emmanuel community;
Card ministry - cards are mailed out from the Pastoral Care Team to recognize bereavements, illness, and milestone birthdays/anniversaries;
Worship outreach -- worship services are organized in the Alta Vista Manor and the Perley-Rideau Veterans Centre on a periodic basis;
Intentional prayer -- a prayer box is available in the church narthex, and opportunities for personal prayer are provided once a month following regular Sunday morning worship services;
Women's Gathering Circle -- a monthly opportunity is provided for the women of Alta Vista Manor to gather and share in scripture readings, prayer and social interaction;
Funeral coordination -- ushering and receptions are provided to bereaved families.
Privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance in the work we do. All members of the Pastoral Care Team have completed the 10-week Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program, and often attend other specialized and refresher training programs.
The current members of Emmanuel's Pastoral Care Team are:
Regular Members: (Back Row) Jill MacLean, Terry Henderson, Jon Jones, Carol Scott, Malcolm Collins  (Front Row)Nyla Garrett, Wendy McCracken
Associate Members (do not attend Team meetings): Stewart Hewlett (Volunteer Associate Minister), (Lay Minister), Shirley Maguire, George McLellan, Shirley Monsebraaten
Additionally, Betsi Collins and Julie Henderson support the work of the Pastoral Care Team by arranging funeral receptions at the request of bereaved Emmanuel families.
If you, or a family member, would like a visit, a phone call or other assistance, simply contact a member of the Pastoral Care Team or the church office. Additionally, if you are willing to help with meal preparation, driving or funeral receptions, please let us know.