At Heavenly Rest, parishioners who are in trouble or who have health concerns are often willing to bring their grief, worries, and needs to the church community. A sense of closeness among many regular members of the church gives rise to a willingness to “share” without embarrassment. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of taking someone out to lunch or paying a hospital visit; a number of parishioners also regularly cook meals to be delivered in shut-ins for the Meals on Heels program.
Much counseling and pastoral support is given on a day-by-day basis by the clergy, upon request. When necessary, clergy members can refer parishioners to agencies within the city to address their needs.
Heavenly Rest has also developed programs to prepare lay members of the congregation to offer support through intercessory prayer. A small group of trained parishioners offer prayers for healing in the chapel; these prayers and laying on of hands occur during Communion at the 10:30am service.