As a Christian community, we are called to care and pray for one another. Christ Church pastoral care activities include prayers for healing, visiting and worshiping with the sick and elderly, and supporting each other in times of need.
Pastoral Care Committee
The Pastoral Care Committee has one clear mission: to pray for people who have requested prayers for healing and/or special needs. The group functions under the guidance of Fr. McDuffie and meets the first and third Tuesday evenings in the Parish House. We welcome members to this joyful ministry.
If you or a loved one ever feels the need of prayer for healing of body, mind, or spirit, the Pastoral Care Committee, under the guidance of Fr. McDuffie, is ready to respond to your need. Please contact the clergy to let them know what your needs or concerns are, and the clergy will then contact the Pastoral Care Committee so its members can begin praying for you and/or your loved ones. On Sunday, during the 11:00 a.m. service, one or two Pastoral Care members stand at the healing rail in the Chapel to pray with all who bring any cares or concerns about themselves or a loved one.
The Pastoral Care Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the living room of the Parish House where we update the public and private prayer lists and offer prayers for those requesting them.
If you would like to add yourself, a loved one or friend to the Christ Church Prayer List, please use the online Contact Form and select "Prayer Request" or contact the church office at 301-762-2191.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Shawls that have been knitted or crocheted by parishioners are blessed and then delivered upon request to recipients so that they will know they are covered by God’s grace and love. Anyone with an interest in knitting or crocheting a shawl is invited to do so and give it to the Pastoral Care Committee. Contact the church office to request a prayer shawl.
Nursing Home Ministry
Members of the committee take Holy Communion to the Rockville Nursing Home and the Collingswood Nursing Home once each month. This ministry is very important to the residents of these homes and, as Fr. McDuffie says, “lets them know they are one with Christ.”
The committee collects calendars, devotionals, and other spiritual booklets for donation to the Montgomery County Detention Center. A collection basket is located in the cloak room of the church.
Flower Delivery Ministry
Following the 11:00 a.m. service, teams of volunteers deliver the altar flowers to individuals designated by the Rector, along with a note from the Rector.
Christ Church Chefs Ministry
Christ Church Chefs provide simple meals of homemade soup, bread and dessert for parishioners who are ill, recovering from surgeries, medical treatments, and other family crises. Parishioners may sign up to prepare the food, make the deliveries and/or make a pastoral visit. Parishioners may also request meals as situations arise.
All Saints Walk and Columbarium
The All Saints Walk and Columbarium at Christ Church features a walk of imprinted bricks, donated by members of the Christ Church and Rockville communities, with the name of loved ones, in recognition of all the saints of God who have been or who are still with us. It also includes a columbarium in a garden setting.