Christ Caring for People Through People
This Ministry is named after St. Stephen, the first lay person commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry for those in need (Acts. 6). He was one of the first seven deacons (servants) of the Church.
Members of the St. Stephen’s Ministry at St. Thomas’ are lay persons who share in the Church’s diaconal ministry and provide one-on-one Christian care for members of the congregation through home visitations through one of two groups: Home Communion and Friendly Visitors.
This Ministry enables St. Thomas’ to reach out to more members of our congregation, the shut-in, the lonely, the elderly and the disabled, with quality Christian care. A caring Christian friend, who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages. Visitation is not only a calling for the ordained ministers but for all baptised ministers of Christ. This ministry is part of our parish’s Natural Church Development work to empower leadership in our people.
At present we have 7 Eucharist Assistants who, along with Clergy, provide Home Communion, on a regular basis, to members of the congregation who are unable to attend church. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive Home Communion please contact one of the Clergy or Jean White-Coady at 368-7050.
Friendly Visitors presently consists of 12 laypersons that have committed to regular visitation to members of our parish, some of whom are living in their own homes or in nursing homes around the city. The schedule and frequency for these visits is usually at the discretion of the parishioner and the Friendly Visitor. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in having a Friendly Visitor, please contact Jean White-Coady at 368-7050.
If you would like to be an active partner in this vital mission and ministry of our church, maybe one of these ministries is for you! Please feel free to contact Jean either via e-mail at jean.jay(at)nf.sympatico.ca or at 368-7050.