Pastoral Care

The vision and mission for Pastoral Care is to celebrate life’s joys and bear one another’s burdens and sorrows in fulfillment of God’s command to love one another as God loves us. We seek to connect and provide a network of care in times of need. Parishioners are invited to share in the experiences by participating in one or more of these ministries:

St. David’s Center for Spiritual Growth

The St. David’s Center for Spiritual Growth seeks to offer Spirit-filled opportunities to all who desire a deeper encounter with God in Jesus Christ. This new center will have exciting offerings such as individual and group spiritual direction, yoga with spirit, exercise in faith, the labyrinth, centering prayer, art of faith, and quiet days. As well as new opportunities such as nature retreats, small group opportunities, and intergenerational offerings.

For more information about St. David’s Center for Spiritual Growth, please contact Gillian Waldron at centerforspiritualgrowth@stdavidschurch.org.

Yoga with Spirit

Amy Dolan
amy@yogawithspirit.com
610-225-0313

Yoga with Spirit classes are designed to nurture body, mind and spirit. Practicing yoga improves flexibility, balance, strength and muscle tone while quieting and focusing your mind. This practice in contemplation helps to develop the skills to live a more peaceful, contented, meaningful life right here, right now. All are welcome in these classes. Amy makes it her job to help each student find healthy and safe modifications in all of the postures. We sincerely hope you will come explore this moving meditation. Classes are held in the Undercroft on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 from the first week of September through Memorial Day.

Exercise in Faith

Endre Witthoeft
trugritfitness@me.com
610-325-4555

1st Corinthians 6:19: “Did you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you…” In Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians he informs us that our bodies are like a house that is a home, an indwelling for the Holy Spirit to live. To me, that is amazing! We have the Holy Spirit living in us; therefore, we should build a sturdy house, a solid body for the Spirit to live in. When our physical bodies are healthier we are better able to serve Christ and His larger body, the Church.

Contemplating on this scripture inspired me to start Exercise in Faith twelve years ago. Exercise in Faith is a total body strength training class using trx-straps (body-weight strength training) and bands, while listening to upbeat music. We start off with a prayer, an active stretch/warm-up, and strengthen our bodies for two to three circuits, depending on your fitness level. All levels are welcomed. In fact, everyone is encouraged to listen to their bodies and train in their comfort zone. (Which means you can rest at any time.). We are a fun bunch, friendly, and supportive of one another…join us and strengthen your body, mind, and Spirit, every Saturday at 10am in the undercroft, or when warm enough and dry outside, in the parking lot.

Labyrinth

Louise Haley
mlouisehaley@gmail.com
484-716-4762

The Labyrinth is a meditative walk. along a circular or spiral pattern ending at a center place. There is one way in and one way out. The Labyrinth, used by Christians since the Middle Ages, is a reflection of our need to return to our spiritual center and a metaphor for our spiritual and life journey. Before entering the Labyrinth, we breathe deeply and clear our thoughts. As we walk, we allow the thoughts that arise from our hearts and souls until we reach the center and either leave what is no longer needed to God or act on what we were given during our walk. On our way out, we reflect on our journey. This quiet reflection after the walk often offers more insights than what we had during the walk and these insights can occur days after the walk. The beautiful canvas Labyrinth used at St. David’s throughout the year offers us the opportunity to delve into a deeper relationship with God and ourselves.

Centering Prayer

Gillian Waldron
gillian517@gmail.com
484-571-1512

Centering Prayer is our coming to Christ in stillness and silence, with the intention of fully opening our mind and heart to Him and deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. We experience God’s presence, action and joy within us; beyond breathing and thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer movement says, “The principal method of centering prayer, really, is to sit down… doing it is the primary discipline.” The only way we can fail in Centering Prayer is to get up and leave. Centering prayer is a time to be gentle with yourself; a time for non-judgment; a time for being not doing. It is a gift of God’s grace. Please explore this practice at either or both of our Centering Prayer gatherings for twenty minutes of silent prayer on Mondays at 7 PM in the Church or Wednesdays at 8:15 AM in the Quiet Room. The facilitator will be happy to offer instruction before your first prayer.

Spiritual Direction (Individual and Group)

Buff Barnes
bbarnes@stdavidschurch.org
610-283-9848

Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian practice offering companionship on the journey of faith and a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. At St. David’s, we have trained spiritual directors who meet with others for individual spiritual direction as well as group spiritual direction.

In these sessions, the Holy Spirit is the director. The role of the Spiritual Director is that of a companion, one who walks alongside others helping to notice the movements of God in our everyday lives. A spiritual direction session offers a safe, peaceful and confidential space to become aware of a more conscious experience of God’s presence and love. Spiritual Direction invites you to a closer relationship with God.

Individual spiritual direction sessions take place once a month. You will meet for an hour with your spiritual director, and s/he will listen to whatever you choose to share that day and help you to notice the movements of God. Spiritual directors are not teachers or therapists. They are not there to solve your problems or answer all your questions. The spiritual director acts as a pointer, pointing you in the direction of God and helping you to notice what God might be inviting you to in your life and shared relationship.

Spiritual direction groups also meet once a month. The group consists of four people and a spiritual director. We are together for one and a half to two hours during which time we have a rhythm of silence, sharing and reflection. Each group member has a chance to share what is on her/his heart that day, and the rest of the group then reflects what they have heard both from the person and from God in the silence that surrounds the sharing. In group spiritual direction, we listen to God for and with each other.

Caring Ministries

The vision and mission for Pastoral Care is to celebrate life’s joys and bear one another’s burdens and sorrows in fulfillment of God’s command to love one another as God loves us. We seek to connect and provide a network of care in times of need. Parishioners are invited to share in the experiences by participating in one or more of these ministries:

Walking the Mourner’s Path

Betsy Aikens
bgaikens@gmail.com
610-588-7028
$50 (scholarships available)

We believe grieving is not lack of faith, but a natural part of living. Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered, non-denominational grief support program. Our purpose is to help those who are grieving transform their grief into joyful living. The course consists of 90-minute classes and runs for eight consecutive weeks. Each session has two facilitators plus a member of the clergy present.

Walking the Mourner’s Path is open to the community—you do not need to be a member of St. David’s to register. Please fill out the online form below to register. When your registration is received you will be given instructions to pay by check, or you can choose to pay with a credit card by calling the church office at 610-688-7947.

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Flower Ministry

Jan Blynn
jsblynn@aol.com
610-389-0343
Kim Glynn
kimglynn05@gmail.com
484-595-9190

Volunteers arrange and/or deliver Sunday and holiday flowers to home-bound parishioners or those needing encouragement or celebrating.

Eucharistic Visitors

Rev. Elizabeth Colton
ecolton@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947 x218

Volunteers share the sacrament of Holy Eucharist with parishioners who cannot be present with us at Sunday worship.

Career Transition Ministry

Dale Power
dale@bigshoesmarketing.com
610-585-6567
Dick Bauer
rebauer65@yahoo.com
610-864-7807

This ministry gives advice on matters of finance and resume building from a Christian perspective.

Driving Angels

Sandy Arnold
arnoldaso5@comcast.net
610-308-0904

Volunteers drive parishioners to church, to the hospital or to doctors’ appointments.

Care to Caregivers

Nan Lansinger
nlansinger@gmail.com
610-527-4916

This group of volunteers reaches out to support those who regularly care for a loved one in need, such as an ailing spouse or parent.

Caring Meals

Kate Fahey
katefahey7@gmail.com
610-312-3654
Liza Whelan
lcw611@comcast.net
610-647-8661

Meals are delivered to parishioners identified by our clergy as needing support and encouragement.

Plentiful Sowers

Theresa Baldwin
tpoteetebaldwin@gmail.com
610-331-1810

This ministry provides hand-knit caps for oncology patients and babies, prayer shawls and prayer squares.

St. David’s Friends

Rob White
whiterobert1949@gmail.com
610-644-5104

A group dedicated to being with those who are in need of companionship.

Care Cards, Birthday Cards & Baptismal Gifts

Sandy Brown
sbbrown@verizon.net
484-716-4188

Cards are sent to parishioners needing encouragement or marking a celebration. A Baptism Book is sent to our parish newborns and their parents.

St. David’s Conversations

The Rev. Bill Wood
bwood@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947 x303

Meets on the first Tuesday of the month and features conversation relevant to the conerns and lives parishioners.

Seeking Hope

John Lander
johnblander@aol.com
John Satterfield
johnfsaterfield@gmail.com

We are a group of parents whose children share the experience of drug and alcohol addiction. We cannot erase the struggle, but we can improve ourselves to live a better tomorrow. We gather together to provide support, encouragement, education, comfort, advice, and faith. We seek hope in every situation.

Sermon Ministry

Heather Sill
receptionist@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947

Sermons are available to read or listen to on the website. Contact the office to have a sermon mailed to you.

SERMONS

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which trained and supervised lay persons provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges.

For more information about the Stephen Ministry, please contact Melissa Vosburg by email at mlvos@aol.com or call 610-964-8848.

Who is involved?

Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize and supervise our Stephen Ministers and identify people in need of care and match them with a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers are the caregivers. They have been through 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving, including general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness and using Christian resources in caregiving. In addition, their training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved and aging.

Care receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers’ care. They are people from our church or outside of our parish who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of job, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, or any of an endless number of other life difficulties. Stephen Ministers usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour for as long as the care receiver will benefit from the relationship.

Are Stephen Ministers counselors?

Stephen Ministers are not counselors. They are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care, not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers are also trained to recognize when a care receiver’s needs exceed what they can provide. When that happens they work with care receivers to help them receive the level of care they really need.

Is my relationship with a Stephen Minister confidential?

Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in the strictest confidence.

“For the past year and a half, I have met with my Stephen Ministry Caregiver every week. She has been a lifeline during a period of my life when I have needed it the most. She is also available to me by phone, text and email if I am feeling vulnerable. She has met me when times were almost unbearable, when I thought I just could not do what needed to be done. She listens when I need someone to listen to me; I do not seek advice, I just need someone to listen even if I am being irrational. She accepts that I feel the way I feel and she comforts me, and in the most caring way, shows me there is hope.”

-Stephen Ministry Care Receiver Testimonial

St. David’s Prayer Companions

Prayer Companions is a prayer ministry in which fellow parishioners pray, whole-heartedly, for our St. David’s family members who are seeking God’s grace, help, and blessings in all of life’s circumstances. St. David’s Prayer Companions are all inspired by God’s Living Word and by our mission statement, to know God in Jesus Christ and to make God known to others.

Requests will be forwarded immediately to the prayer companions who are committed to pray daily for these needs for the duration of the request. All requests are held in strict confidence. If you request a prayer for one other than yourself, please be certain that he or she desires the request be made and agrees to have it posted and shared. If you prefer to make any request known only to a coordinator, please call at the listed number.

Contacts

Gillian Waldron
gillian517@gmail.com
484-571-1512
Endre Witthoeft
trugritfitness@mac.com
610-324-4555
Rev. Elizabeth Colton
lcolton@stdavidschurch.org
484-588-2582

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