pastoral care

Pastoral care typically means caring for a person who is struggling with a difficulty, being present during a time of pain, or praying with someone in a crisis.  Spiritual breakthroughs often happen in these life-changing moments as people are open to experiencing God’s love in new ways or situations. Pastoral care is not therapy; if therapy is in order, the pastor can help by making a referral.

If you, or someone you know, are in the hospital or have an urgent pastoral need, please call Pastor Elizabeth at 847-477-2850. Please take a moment now to include this number in your contacts, so they are available to you if needed. Please remember that due to HIPAA regulations, we are not notified when someone is in the hospital, nor can we know of a need unless someone reaches out to notify us. This is one tangible way we can express our care for one another.

Here at St. Simon’s, pastoral care is provided in several ways, in addition to supporting parishioners in times of crisis.  Our Rector, the Rev. Elizabeth Jameson, holds weekly drop-in coffee shop office hours on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 – 9:00am at Starbucks on Evergreen in downtown Arlington Heights. When she is unavailable, our Associate Rector, the Rev. Stephen Smith may be present as the host. Please check the parish calendar on the rare days when no one is available for a particular Tuesday morning.  Pastor Elizabeth and Pastor Stephen, our Associate Rector, are also available by appointment. Emails can be sent by clicking on the desired name in the body of the text.

The Rev. Dianne Shields is our Pastoral Care Coordinator.  She can be reached at 847-275-6903.  Pastor Dianne assists in overseeing the lay pastoral care ministries in the parish and coordinating them with the clergy pastoral care.  Lay pastoral care is a central element of providing care within the parish, when trained lay people offer help and care to others in their community through listening, supporting, encouraging, praying and befriending – walking alongside and sharing God’s love.  At St. Simon’s, we have:

  • Lay Pastoral Visitors who have completed an extensive chaplaincy course are available for visits with members and friends who are hospitalized or in need of supportive care.
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers who bring communion to those who desire to share in communion but are unable come to church.
  • Helping Hands ministry where we provide meals, rides and other assistance to those in need. Read more.

To request any of these, please email Pastor Elizabeth or Pastor Dianne.