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Grace Ministry

Mission Statement: Extending God's love through presence, listening, and spiritual support.

Grace Ministry is a lay pastoral care program intended to provide parishioners with a supportive, caring presence during difficult times. Not meant to replace the pastoral care of the clergy, Grace Ministry will be an extension of pastoral care and an integral piece of the community of caring in All Saints' Church. Grace Ministers will be available to meet with fellow parishioners and provide a one-to-one, confidential, empathetic listening presence, with an intentional, spiritual component. "Grace is love in action," wrote Dr. Gerald May and it is the intent of Grace Ministry to be a vehicle for sharing God's love with parishioners. Many circumstances might prompt a request for a Grace Partner. They range from joyful occasions, such as welcoming a new child into the household, to sorrowful ones, such as death of a spouse. In addition, Grace Partners may be of help when a parishioner wants to talk about spiritual issues.

Grace Ministers are not counselors; however, they have had extensive training in empathetic listening, spiritual practice, community resources, the grief process and a myriad of other topics and participate in ongoing continuing education at their meetings. Other caregiving ministries, outreach as well as inreach, such as Saints On Call, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, and Loaves & Fishes, are also invited to attend these presentations as appropriate for their missions.

Grace Ministry is completely confidential. If you are interested in either participating in this parish ministry, or visiting with a Grace Minister, contact: The Rev. Mike Adams at 512.476.3589, ext. 104 mike@allsaints-austin.org or Dick LeVan at 512.451.4772 dick.levan@austin.utexas.edu

Service Times

(Choirs on break during Summer)