Pastoral Care and Caring Ministries

We know that life can bring times of difficulties, and the pastors and church members are here to help during those times. If you need spiritual help we offer many ways for you to receive it, from one-on-one counseling to the simple yet comforting act of reading a passage from the Bible. If you find yourself in a situation where one of our Caring Ministry resources might be able to assist you, please call the church at 860.525.5696.

A reminder from the pastors: if you are admitted to the hospital for any reason, or have a pastoral concern – please remember to contact Rev. Laney, Rev. Manocchio or Rev. Thompson. Due to current laws, it is impossible for the ministers to access information directly from the hospital.

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made. AHCC’s Prayer Chain provides confidential prayer in a time of need. Be a part of the Prayer Chain or have your prayer lifted.

Whether you are knowledgeable about knitting/crocheting or not, young or not, you are invited and encouraged to come and share in the experience of knitting or crocheting a Prayer Shawl that will be blessed and then given to church members, their families and friends, who may need a "hug" - a visible sign of God’s presence.

Stephen Ministers are church members with gifts for care giving who have had extensive training in providing emotional and spiritual care. These volunteers provide caring, listening, prayer, support and encouragement. They are available on Sunday mornings following the worship services, and for ongoing in-home visitation where there is a need.

For those interested in making (recipe provided) or delivering a casserole to a church member who may be going through a difficult time.

There is no need to register to be part of this wonderful group as it is a casual gathering of women (come as you are, and as you are able). We open with the sharing of joys, continue with thoughtful and spirit-filled conversation, and end in prayer and meditation. You may join us to pray or have your prayers lifted.

Care Teams coordinate efforts to support families with special needs and form when the need arises. Those facing loss of loved ones, divorce, unemployment or other life transitions can find support through this group.

Many of us find ourselves in the stage of life where we need and want to help our parents through their old age, whether our parents are experiencing physical problems or cognitive issues. Some take care of their parents, some assist siblings in this care from afar, and some cannot be involved.

Each Sunday, a generous member donates flowers for the altar in honor or in memory of a loved one. Following the worship service, these large bouquets are made into smaller bouquets and delivered to a member who is homebound. Our older members who are unable to come to worship especially appreciate when families with children can stop in to deliver flowers and offer a friendly smile.