by Elizabeth Harding

Community of Hope at Grace is pleased to welcome 17 people from six different Episcopal churches who completed the 14-week training program preparing them to be lay chaplains. The group was officially commissioned by Fr. Todd McDowell during the 10 a.m. service Sunday, April 21. They can now begin their ministries in parish spiritual care, hospital spiritual care, hospice or long-term residential spiritual care as well as prison ministry.

Congratulations to:

community of hope (800)Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves
Jerre Birdsong, Sue Smith

Grace Episcopal Church, Kirkwood
Becky Entenmann, Dave Jayne, Ruth Jayne, Mike Johnson, Barb Kendal, Phil Morrow, Belinda Nunez, Carlos Nunez, Dianne Sehie, Shelia Stanton

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ferguson
Donna Hawk-Reinhard, Ginger Simmons

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Ellisville
John Lange

Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
Tammy O’Donnell

Trinity Episcopal Church, Central West End
Mary Taylor

The Community of Hope is an international organization that trains and supports lay pastoral caregivers or lay chaplains. Three years ago, our clergy decided to establish a Community of Hope center at Grace as part our pastoral care. This is our second Community of Hope training. We are very blessed by the many talented people who led our training. As part of the training, two practice pastoral visits were required. We are grateful for the Rev. Michael Tooley of Bethesda-Dilworth in Oakland who arranged for our practice visits as well as leading the Pastoral Care for Aging session during our training. Several people in the class are planning to continue their ministry at Bethesda.

We are planning our next Community of Hope training during the fall of 2014. If you are interested in joining the Community of Hope, please contact one of the leadership team members:

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