Pastoral Care & Counseling
The parish clergy are available to visit people who are homebound or in the hospital, and to talk or meet with those in need of pastoral support. Call the church office at 860-523-5201 to make arrangements.
St. John’s Center for Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction
The Rev. Helen M. Moore, St. John’s director of pastoral and spiritual ministries, is trained as both an Episcopal clergywoman and a psychotherapist. She offers pastoral counseling and spiritual direction free of charge to anyone (they do not have to be St. John’s parishioners) who would like to explore how these tools can support and enhance their emotional, family, and spiritual lives. Pastoral counseling uses many of the same tools and processes as traditional psychotherapy to help people talk about grief, loss, marital complexities, work, and relationships, but also examines issues from the perspective of religious faith and tradition. Spiritual direction is an ancient practice that involves formal conversation focused on where God is working in one’s life. Services are free thanks to a generous grant from the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation. To make an appointment to learn more about how these practices might enhance your emotional, psychological and spiritual health, contact Helen by e-mail or at (860) 331-1127.
Healing Prayer Team
At the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, members of the Healing Prayer Team are available to pray with those who are in need of healing, whether physical, spiritual or emotional, for themselves or for someone else. All prayer requests are held in confidence. To request healing prayers, go to the baptismal font (at the back of the nave) after receiving communion. Contact Healing Prayer Team Leader Wes Winterbottom if you’re interested in joining the team, which meets every few months for support, training and prayer.
Parish Prayer List
Our parish prayer list is included in the Sunday bulletin each week. If you’d like to add your name, or someone else’s name, to the prayer list, contact Ellen in the parish office. If you’d like to add someone else’s name, please ask for their permission to list their full name; otherwise, we will list their first name only. We keep names on the list for approximately one month, unless asked to keep a name on there indefinitely due to an ongoing situation.
Prayer Shawl Knitters
Prayer shawls are knitted by parishioners during prayer, both in group settings and by people knitting in places convenient for their schedules. Prayer shawls are offered to those who are ill or who are experiencing a time of special need.
To join the knitters please contact Cindy Lawler by calling the parish office or sending her a note via email.