Pastoral Care Team

Trinity Ecumenical Parish extends Christian comfort and compassion to those in need in several powerful ways. Every week, Trinity has 25 to 35 persons with acute health care needs. They may be at home or in a hospital in Rocky Mount, Bedford, Lynchburg, Roanoke, or Salem. Members also receive care at medical facilities at Duke and University of Virginia. To meet those pastoral care needs, we have found that a team approach works best. We have formed a pastoral care team plus supporting visiting ministry teams.

The pastoral care team consists of Pastor Philip Bouknight, Pastor Bea Miller, Vicar Christopher Girardeau, and Margaret Oosterman. Margaret is a parish Stephen Leader and a licensed lay minister in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. The team meets weekly to review a pastoral care list and discuss how best to meet individual needs.

Church members generally see one person from the pastoral care team during a hospital stay. Other team members call and check in before and after a scheduled surgery or procedure. They also make weekly calls to those on the pastoral care list. Parishioners may hear from all team members in the event of a medical emergency. Team members keep each other up-to-date on the condition of everyone on the pastoral care list.

To increase the church's contact with members, the pastoral care team has formed two additional visiting ministry teams to periodically visit church members. These are friendly, informal visits. A team approach to pastoral care allows us to faithfully care for a growing congregation.

Parish Nurse

Our parish nurse offers health consultations, checks blood pressure, lends medical equipment, and coordinates Ministry of Care groups in the community to provide services such as health visit transportation, respite care, and meals. The nurse maintains an extensive resource list of services offered in Franklin and Bedford counties. She provides a variety of health seminars featureing guest speakers and organizes small support groups.

Stephen MinistryStephen Ministry

Beyond acute health needs, many others experience such challenges and crises as loss of a loved one, divorce, job loss, and life-threatening illness⸺times when they could benefit from care and support. Stephen Ministers come alongside members with those types of needs when requested. Stephen Ministers are laypeople who receive Christian caregiving training in their congregation and then provide high-quality, one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care to those who are hurting.

If you would like to have a Stephen Minister or would like to become a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our pastors.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer needs are sent by email to approximately 90 parish members who faithfully pray as they see fit.

Prayer Request Guidelines

  • Permission needs to be obtained before offering a prayer on behalf of another.
  • Prayer needs may be printed in our Sunday bulletin if requested.
  • If prayer needs are marked confidential, they will be sent to a smaller group. Confidential prayer needs are never discussed with anyone, including the person for whom the prayer is offered.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Information is available from a group presentation and discussion on Continuing Care Rretirement Communities.The information is not intended to be all inclusive and should only be used as part of a decision process. It is important to understand that this is not an exhaustive CCRC conversation; it is a beginning point of resources for those considering a CCRC in their future.