Lay Eucharistic Ministers
The Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV) deliver the communion from the altar to those who are unable to attend the services either for a long time or as a result of recuperation from surgery or injury. To become a Lay Eucharistic Visitor requires training and mentoring. The visitors are certified by the diocese and work under the parish priest. If there is interest in this ministry, a word to the clergy or to any one of the visitors will serve to begin a process of training.
The Healing Team at St. Thomas Episcopal Church offers healing prayer each Sunday at the two morning services during communion. The addition of prayer team prayers at the 8:00 am Sunday service was an accomplishment of 2011. The focus of this ministry is to meet the spiritual healing needs of the congregation upon request of the parishioner. The Healing Team also supports the Prayer Chapel which is open on the 5th floor and is furnished with many books on healing and prayer and with a collection of angels from a dear former parishioner.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”
(Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Visit the Stephen Ministry website to learn more about this incredible ministry. To request a visit from a Stephen Minister, or to learn about volunteering for this ministry, click here to email our Rector.
The focus of this ministry is to use our time and talent to touch the lives of people enduring illness, grief, loss, loneliness, or a sense of abandonment – and to have fun doing it! We meet in the Guild Room from 7 to 9pm the second and fourth Monday of the month. We provide all the yarn and patterns and will teach you to knit! Contact Anne Cherry at (513) 831-2714. We also welcome those people who can’t “do” another meeting and would like to knit at home.
Order of St. Luke
The International Order of St. Luke the Physician is made up of clergy, health professionals, and lay people who feel called to make Jesus’ Ministry of Healing a regular part of their vocation. We are a Christian Order, and see ourselves as a part of the Christian Church. We have learned that Jesus heals today as He did when He walked this earth many centuries ago. We believe Jesus’ Ministry of Healing should be a vital part of the ministry of every Christian Church, regardless of denomination. We believe that Christian Healing and competent medical practice are not averse, but complementary to each other. It is our purpose to hold healing services, to teach believers how to be a part of Jesus’ healing ministry through written material and group settings, and to give prayer help to individuals in need of healing prayer. To become involved you are welcome to come to a meeting. We are currently meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 in the parlor.