Need Support?

Are you or is someone you love going through a difficult time?

When you are facing challenges and trials in life, St. John’s pastoral care team can help. Visits from Clergy, parishioner-to-parishioner care, and the following ministries come together to weave a healthy net of Pastoral Care. For more support, please don’t hesitate to contact Clergy, the parishioners listed below, or the church office.

For immediate pastoral care, call (301) 654-7767 x 308 (this number is also available through the Church Office voice-mail system).


Click on the following Pastoral Care ministries to learn more:

  • Be added to our prayer list

    You or your loved one can be added to our prayer list so that our Clergy and members of St. John’s can pray for you. The prayer list is printed in the Sunday service bulletin; each request is listed for four weeks, or longer if the need continues. Contact the church office.
  • Pray with a Healing Prayer Minister

    At Sunday morning worship services (except 8 am), trained Healing Prayer Ministers listen, love, and pray for all who come seeking the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in a safe environment through the laying on of hands and anointing the head with oil. You can pray with a Healing Prayer Minister immediately after Communion; you will find them through the side door at the front right of the sanctuary (the Tower Lobby side door). You can easily rejoin the service afterwards. Our Wednesday Noon service is also a Healing Prayer service led by Clergy.
  • Receive one-on-one support from a Stephen Minister

    You can receive confidential, one-on-one support to help face difficult situations. Stephen Ministers are lay people from our congregation who receive extensive training in how to provide objective and confidential Christian care. They meet with care receivers on a regular basis and help them resolve long-term problems such as family or relationship issues, illness, major life adaptations, career changes, retirement, or loss of love ones. Contact Clergy or parishioners Penny Winder and John Mertens.
  • Receive communion or pastoral visits at home or hospital

    If you are home or hospital bound, trained Lay Eucharistic Visitors can offer pastoral visits and Communion. Complete the support request form above or contact the church office or Clergy.
  • Join St. John’s Grief Group

    Grief Group members meet monthly, in a safe and sacred space, to process loss in the context of faith and individual spiritual journeys, and to explore paths toward healing. Learn more by contacting Elizabeth Tesi+ in the office.

Click here to learn more about donating your time through Pastoral Care.

Romans 12.9-18 (NRSV), Let [your] love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.