Caring Ministries

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
— John 14:27

Caring Ministries is an umbrella ministry that coordinates care provided by other ministries in the church.

To request help from the Caring Ministries, please call the All Saints’ office at 703-670-0093 ext. 102 or by email: caringministries@allsaintswoodbridge.org

Pastoral Needs

Home Communion: Lay Eucharistic Ministers provide Home Communion to those who cannot attend services. Contact Kathy Grunden by email: kathleengrunden@gmail.com or by phone: 703-583-9388.

Hospital Visits: Please notify the All Saints’ office or send an email to caringministries@allsaintswoodbridge.org if you are hospitalized and would like a Caring Ministries member or clergy member to visit you. If you leave a message on the Caring Ministries voicemail or submit a request via the Caring Ministries email, be sure to include the name of the hospital, the dates you anticipate being hospitalized, and a callback number.

Reconciliation of a Penitent: Please contact a clergy member directly if you would like to be reconciled to God through the ministry of reconciliation. 

From the Book of Common Prayer: 

The reconciliation of a penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere. 

The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute for the person hearing the confession and must under no circumstances be broken.

Funeral: Please contact the All Saints’ office immediately upon the death of a parishioner or member of a parishioner’s family. Funeral arrangements should be made in consultation with a clergy member.


Clergy can meet with parishioners to help them think clearly through difficult situations or relationships for up to three sessions.

Clergy can also refer you to counselors, therapists, and resources in the community.

Counseling


Meals Ministry: The Meals Ministry provides meals to members of the congregation who temporarily cannot provide meals for themselves.

Helping Hands: Helping Hands is a ministry that assists those in need with carpentry, fix-it or handyman projects.

Navigating Social Services: Caring Ministries can help you get connected with community resources.

Practical Support


Benevolence Assistance

Benevolence assistance is for one-time emergencies and normally will only be given once every six months for an All Saints’ family, and once a year for residents in the communities surrounding All Saints’ Church. Applications are reviewed by a Benevolence Team member in a meeting with the applicant. If assistance is approved, payment will be made by check to the service provider (mortgage company, utility company, etc.). It may take up to 10 days for a check to be issued. No money will be given to the applicant. Budgeting and/or job counseling may be required. Chronic and repeated requests will not be approved. Completing an application and being interviewed does not guarantee that assistance will be provided.  An effort will be made to link all persons with appropriate social services in the community.

To determine eligibility for benevolence assistance, please read these
All Saints Benevolence Assistance Guidelines.

If you meet the requirements and would like to apply for assistance, please print and complete the All Saints’ Benevolence Assistance Application. Mail or drop off the completed form to the All Saints' Church office. If your information is complete, you will be contacted for an interview within two days if you are a parishioner. If you are a resident of the surrounding community, you will be scheduled for an interview on the first or third Thursday of the month. If your information is not complete, your request cannot be considered.


Stephen Ministry

There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend. 

Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to people who are:

• Grieving the death of a loved one
• Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
• Lonely or discouraged
• Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness
• Unemployed or in a job crises
• Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
• New to the congregation or the community
• Anticipating or recovering from the birth or adoption of a child
• Homebound or institutionalized
• Recently retired
• Experiencing a spiritual crisis
• Victim of a disaster or accident
• Or experiencing one of life’s other transitions

What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of caregiving training to minister to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge, or simply going through a tough time. They are under the supervision of the congregation’s Stephen Leaders and Deacon Julie Tilton.

A Stephen Minister will meet with you privately and confidentially on a weekly basis to pray, listen, care, encourage, support, and remind you of Christ’s presence in your life.

(A Stephen Minister is not a counselor, nor a problem-solver, nor someone who runs errands or helps with chores.)

How do you get connected with a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are assigned to parishioners by Deacon Julie Tilton. Requests can be initiated by either the individual desiring a Stephen Minister, or by the Care Coordinator coordinating a person’s care needs.

More information on Stephen Ministry can be found online, or by speaking with Deacon Julie Tilton.


Support groups are designed to bring people together who share a common issue to support one another. Some are specifically Christian. Some are for a specific period of time, others are ongoing and participants are free to join anytime. Following are some of the support groups available either at All Saints' or elsewhere in the community. Your care coordinator will help you find a particular group. If you do not have a care coordinator, please contact Caring Ministries: 703-670-0093 ext. 102 or email: caringministries@allsaintswoodbridge.org.

DivorceCare: Individuals who are divorced may find help, discover hope and experience healing through DivorceCare. This 13-week series is a DVD and discussion-based group that meets on Thursday evenings at the church. DivorceCare can help participants recover from the pain of separation and divorce through a special weekly support group and seminar conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. Participants learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding their lives through presentations on topics such as anger, depression, loneliness, new relationships, financial survival, KidCare, forgiveness, reconciliation, moving on and growing closer to God.

Grief Share: Individuals who have experienced the death of someone close may be interested in Grief Share classes/meetings with others who have had the same experience. A video and small group support explores the various stages of grief and offers a caring place of support for those working through loss.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Individuals who have had a drinking problem can find support to help them stop drinking. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as “substance abuse” or “chemical dependency.” Nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to AA and encouraged to attend AA meetings. Nonalcoholics may attend open AA meetings as observers, but only those with a drinking problem may attend closed AA meetings.

Al-Anon: Al-Anon groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Regeneration: Regeneration creates safe and sacred communities where men and women grow in intimacy with Jesus, so those caught in cycles of sexual or relational sin find freedom, and those who have been wounded by the sin of others experience healing.

Support Groups


Prayer and Healing

On Sunday during the Worship Service prayer is available in the following ways:

  • Prayer requests are printed in the bulletin on a weekly basis. They will remain there for two weeks unless a new request is made for continued prayer. Please send your submission to announcements@allsaintswoodbridge.org by Tuesday, 5 p.m. to ensure it makes the Sunday bulletin.

  • During the Prayers of the People in the worship service, there will be a time for the congregation to participate aloud by lifting up either personal names or names listed in the bulletin.

  • People in need of prayer are always encouraged to seek prayer from prayer teams located at the back of the church during Communion.

Long-term prayer requests will be posted in the prayer center where they will remain for two weeks. They can be renewed every two weeks by making a new prayer request. Make a prayer request for the prayer center here.
Personal Prayer Ministry (based on Restoring the Foundations): Do you want to experience spiritual breakthrough in your life? Do you sense that God wants to bring you to a new level of functioning in your life in Christ? Often this breakthrough cannot happen until we replace the old filters in our hearts and minds and go through a process of spiritual cleansing. We believe in an integrated approach to dealing with the blockages, habits, hurts and oppressions that keep us from thriving. This is an intensive process that will take several hours to pray through and requires some evaluation and transparency. Should you be interested in this kind of prayer contact Deacon Julie Tilton at 703-670-0093 ext. 102, or by email: caringministries@allsaintswoodbridge.org.