Opportunities for Pastoral Care Training
By The Rev. Melody Perdue
Have you ever walked into a situation with someone who is in need and wondered, “What do I say?” or “How do I pray?”

As we open our doors both for worship and ministry, I would like to invite members of Eastern Shore Chapel to join me in a Pastoral Care Training program offered through the School for Christian Faith and Leadership in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. This course is ideal for those interested in Lay Eucharistic Visitation, our healing prayer ministry, our Pastoral Care Response teams, or anyone seeking guidance to better care for others. If you have been trained in Stephen’s Ministry, this is a great refresher course.

This course will be offered on Zoom Monday evenings beginning Apr 19, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, and will be taught by Rev. Joan Crittenden.

Over this six-week course learn the basic and advanced skills of pastoral care. Care for one another is a calling of the body of Christ. In this biblically grounded training, participants will explore a biblical model of care, basic and advanced skills of pastoral care, guidelines for home and hospital visitations, and the value of prayer.
  • Week 1: Biblical Basis for Pastoral Care
  • Week 2: Basic Skills for Caring
  • Week 3: Advanced Skills for Caring
  • Week 4: The Use of the Bible and Guidelines for Home Visitation
  • Week 5: Pastoring in the Spirit
  • Week 6: Caring for People in Crisis

The Rev. Joan Crittenden is a deacon in the Episcopal Church currently serving at Christ Church in LaPlata, MD and Christ Church in Wayside, MD, a volunteer chaplain at Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and a palliative care chaplain at SagePoint Senior Living Services. She also serves as an end-of-life doula. Deacon Crittenden is on a mission to help prospective lay caregivers develop good pastoral care skills.

To register, click here or email Rev. Melody at mperdue@easternshorechapel.org
Bell Choir to resume on April 22 at 6 PM

The Eastern Shore Chapel Bell Choir will resume rehearsals beginning April 22 at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall – new location. Covid restriction will still remain in place; meaning, mask wearing, hand sanitation, social distancing, and bell sanitation remain in effect. 
Potential new members who have music reading skills are welcome. Please contact Dr. Martin Sunderland (msunderland@easternshorechapel.org) if you would like to join our fun ensemble. We are multi-generational, including ages 12 through 99+
Parish Book Store: Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day with a book from the Parish Book Store! Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change for adults; We Are the Weathermakers: The History of Climate Change for teens; Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle for ages 8 to 12; Earth’s Incredible Oceans for ages 4 to 8 and My Friend Earth for ages 0 to 4 are just some of our titles on our virtual shelves at bookshop.org/shop/parishbookstore. Or visit us in person on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 to 2 or Sundays at 11:30 or call 757-425-0114 to make an appointment for a time at your convenience.
Parish Day School: Week of the Yong Child; Trike-a-thon

This week at Parish Day School we are celebrating the Week of the Young Child!
It is so much fun to explore Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday in our classrooms. What a great way to come back to preschool after our Easter Break! www.naeyc.org/events/woyc
We are also hosting our annual Trike-a-Thon this month. This event raises money for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for families and children in the Hampton Roads Area. Our children will be learning about tricycle safety and riding for a wonderful cause! Please consider donating at www.teamchkd.org/PDSTrikers2021.
Parish Day School and Camp Turtle Trap have a few spots available for the 2021-2022 year. If you have a child interested in attending Camp or Preschool, please give us a call at 757-491-6130 or email us at pds@easternshorechapel.org. More information about Parish Day School and Camp Turtle Trap can be found at www.parishdayschool.org.
Lawn Care Volunteers Needed

Spring is coming! We are in need for new volunteers to help our teams maintain the grounds at ESC each week. Starting in April, we will be cutting the grass and tending to the lawn weekly into the summer months. Volunteers are needed to assist on Friday late afternoon and early evening or on Saturday morning depending on which team you’re on. If you are interested in joining our dynamic Lawn Crew team, please contact Rod Gilmour by calling 757-613-0448 or email at gilmo856@gmail.com. Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining this important ministry!
Ongoing at ESC
Zoom with your Sunday School class!
Join friends and teachers, by Zoom, as they meet and discuss lessons from this year’s curriculum – Feasting on the Word. Confirmation classes for students in the Senior High Class meet on the first and third Sundays of the month during the regular Sunday School hour at 9:10 a.m. Classes on the second and fourth Sundays include Lectionary based topics. To discuss formation needs or other questions, please contact Patti Glowatsky (pglowatsky@easternshorechapel.org), Director of Family Formation:
Morning Prayer Opportunities
Every morning (except Sunday) Morning Prayer Rite II from the Daily Office (BCP page 75) is available live online via ZOOM. The routine of daily Morning Prayer is foundational; it starts your day with recognition of the blessings that/who surround us and leads us through prayers for the church and for the world. It is led by lay folk - no previous experience is necessary and everything needed is provided (that is except for you of course). ZOOM is opened for pre-prayer conversation around 7:00, the service begins promptly at 7:30 and is completed by 8:00. Thursday mornings you may attend in person in the narthex or ZOOM. Simply click here to join. This opportunity is open to all, and that means ALL! Try it, we will all be made richer by your presence.
Prayer Cards for Deployed Service Members
If you would like a prayer card sent to your deployed service member please contact Bill Hunter at whunter9@cox.net or 757-402-6384. Please let Bill know if deployed military members have returned so that he can welcome them back and remove them from the deployed military prayer list. Sponsors should contact Bill with contact info for formerly deployed members.

Pray for Our Military
From Cru Military Ministry - Please pray for the "youngest heroes,” children of military families. Pray for healthy and connected relationships, easy adjustments with frequent moves, freedom from stress when a parent or both parents deploy, and comfort when dealing with losses.
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