Prayer & Pastoral Care
Christians are encouraged to be “People of Prayer,” connecting with God through prayers of:
- Adoration: Prayer expressing love and adoration for who God is.
- Thanksgiving: Prayer of thankfulness for what God does.
- Confession: Prayer acknowledging our imperfection, and asking God’s forgiveness.
- Intercession: Prayer for others who are in need of healing of body, mind and spirit.
- Petition: Prayer for ourselves.
You are welcome to ask anyone in the congregation to pray with and for you at any time. Here is a brief summary of some ways we nurture prayer at Julian of Norwich.
Prayers of the People during Worship Services
Most worship services include a time to offer prayers. These opportunities are called the “Prayers of the People” or “Intercessions,” which are usually led by members of the congregation. You are invited to write your request in a Prayer Request binder, located near the entrance to the sanctuary, behind the back pew. The binder includes a loose leaf sheet for each Sunday, with spaces under a few headings to enter names or situations that you wish to include in the Prayers of the People. This sheet is provided to the prayer leader who will include your requests in the prayers they offer during the service.
Confidential Prayer by a Prayer Chain
Julian of Norwich has a dedicated group of people who pray in confidence for those who are ill, in distress, or otherwise in need of prayer. If you wish to have prayer for yourself or someone you know, please fill in the Prayer Request form, found in a Prayer Box on the table at the back of the church. Place the completed request back in the box, where it will be retrieved by a member of the Prayer Chain. Alternatively, you may give your request to a member of the clergy, Marg Dumbrille or Gwen Simpson. Please note the date of your request. Prayer for each request will continue for one month, unless otherwise indicated.
Every Monday, a group meets in the church sanctuary for Christian meditation from 3 to 4 p.m. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to spend time in silent prayer, with instructions provided for newcomers. The group is coordinated by Julian of Norwich parishioners, but also includes people from other denominations. During each session, a discussion video by a Christian Meditation leader is followed by a period of silent reflection. The session concludes with questions and discussion. For more information, contact Gayle Ascah (613-226-8161) or Marg Dumbrille (613-225-0806).
Jesus calls all of us to care for and be present to others. Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence, based on faith and prayer, to provide support and love to anyone in need. The role of those involved in Pastoral Care is to be present and available to support people in times of sickness or joy, in sorrow or celebration, in crisis or transition.
Pastoral Care can be provided by anyone with a listening heart who is willing to set their self aside to support anyone who needs a friend or a listening ear. Pastoral Care is a journey shared by two people and the journey is equally significant in the lives of both travellers. A parish Pastoral Care Team, led by the clergy, is dedicated to this ministry and is available to listen, to pray, to share, and to be a friend. The team responds to Christ’s call to minister not only to members of the parish, but also to our neighbours.
At Julian of Norwich, Pastoral Care is carried out by:
- The Rev. Deacon Elizabeth December-Lovell
- Our Pastoral Care Team and other members of the congregation
If you feel any situation or person could be helped by the Pastoral Care Team, please contact the clergy or the Church Office at 613-224-7178..
Pastoral Care Team Activities
The Pastoral Care Team participates in these regular activities:
- Visiting shut-ins
- Visiting residents at the Extendicare Starwood Long Term Care Facility
- Visiting parishioners at hospitals and other facilities
- Helping with a monthly service of Holy Communion at Extendicare Starwood Long Term Care Facility and Park Place Retirement Residence, Extendicare Medex Long Term Care Facility, and Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Facility
- Assisting with Holy Communion at the Ottawa Civic Hospital
Team members are invited to take a ten-week (2½ hours per week) training course, where they further develop their listening skills, their ability to respond pastorally when a crisis arises, and the importance of maintaining confidentiality. Ongoing training programs offer opportunities for further development in the ministry of care.
The Coordinating Committee meets once a month (except July and August) for mutual support, sharing and learning. If you wish to be part of the Pastoral Care ministry at Julian of Norwich, please contact the clergy.