Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one ministry to someone who is hurting. It is quiet, confidential, compassionate, and provides a listening witness to the caring presence of Christ and His community.

Stephen Ministers are laypersons of Trinity Cathedral selected, trained and supervised to provide effective, compassionate care. All Stephen Ministers receive an initial 50 hours of training, before being assigned a Care Receiver with whom they meet once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers also meet twice per month for supervision, support and continuing education. This is done in an environment of complete confidentiality. The names of Care Receivers are never mentioned. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to the program.

If you would like to request a Stephen Minister to work with you, please contact Susan Wilson at snbwilson@gmail.com or Cherie Chamness at: bookshop3@gmail.com.

Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are a wonderful way to know that God is always with us.  The Shawl Ministry at Trinity Cathedral began sometime around 2007 when Alva Kennedy first read about two New England women who had reputedly started the first such ministry. It is a ministry where people who knit, get together to knit shawls for others who are going through a difficult time — grieving the loss of a family member or close friend, going through a divorce, illness or any other life problem. Into the shawls are knitted their hopes of being comforting and bringing the wearer an awareness of God’s presence. The shawls are knit with love and prayer and they are blessed before they are presented to the recipients.  If you would like a shawl for someone you know who is having a difficult time, please contact Dorothy Malcolm, dmmalcolm@comcast.net. Additionally, talk to Dorothy if you would like to join the group – all are welcome!

If you are Homebound

Lay Eucharistic Visitors — For those who are homebound

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) are Eucharistic Ministers who have completed Stephen Ministry training and are called to take Communion from one of our regular services to those who are unwillingly absent. Jackie McGrath is the leader of this ministry and works with Canon Lynell Walker in training and coordination of visits. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please know that all training is provided and duties are planned well in advance to accommodate your schedule. For more information please contact Jackie McGrath via email at jackiewmcgrath@gmail.com, or Canon Lynell Walker at lwalker259@aol.com.

When you are in the Hospital

The Trinity Cathedral Hospital Chaplains are a group of specially trained lay people who work closely with clergy to bring the love, support, and resources of Trinity Cathedral to those who are hospitalized.  These Chaplains are Stephen Ministers who have gone through special training in hospital chaplaincy and are also approved to bring the Eucharist.  The Hospital Chaplains provide short-term pastoral care primarily in the form of prayer, Eucharistic Visitation, emotional support and attentive presence.  The first group of lay chaplains was commissioned on Sunday, March 4, 2012.  To arrange for a Hospital Chaplain visit, please call the Cathedral office (between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm, M-F) at 916-446-2513 or, for after-hours calls, please call the pastoral emergency phone number at 916-214-0382.

How to get on the Prayer List

By telephone:

  • Get the permission of the person in need of special prayer.
  • Call the Church Office at 916-446-2513 or email us attrinity@trinitycathedral.org with the name of the person for whom you wish special prayers.  You will need to leave your name and contact information with the request.
  • The names will be offered in prayer at one of the four Sunday services and again during one of the weekday services.
  • Call the Church Office when it is appropriate to take the person’s name off the list.  Names generally stay on for four weeks.

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