Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care describes LOVE in action providing care, prayer and service to parishioners who are sick, hospitalized, homebound or in need of special attention.  Meetings are held every month on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room.  The "Pastoral Care Office" is open weekly.  Gail Hencken, RN, LMHC is available for consultation most Wednesdays between 11:00-3:00 in the Parish Hall Library.  Open door policy for all ages.  Free.  No appointment necessary.  Professionally qualified help is offered to provide resources, listen, and support you in whatever way you need.  If you are interested in providing Pastoral Care or participating in this worthwhile ministry, please contact Gail Hencken (wehgg44@yahoo.com). 

Gail Hencken, RN, LMHC has reopened the Pastoral Care Counseling Office on Wednesdays from 11:00 - 3:00. Gail plans to be there weekly for the duration of that time. Please call ahead, even on the day of, for an appointment time. No "walk ins" as that is unsafe. Do not come if you do not feel physically well at the time of your scheduled appointment. The entire office space has been sanitized and energetically cleansed. Please take your temperature before arrival, wear masks and bring personal protective equipment of your choice. The space will be disinfected between sessions according to CDC recommendations. Each visitor will be screened for current health status and allotted a minimum of thirty minutes. For appointment or questions contact Gail by phone, text (407-718-9128) or email (wehggh44@yahoo.com). Together we will manage the concerns of these uncertain times.          

Prayer Shawls

Join in to knit and crochet prayer shawls, baby hats and blankets for local hospitals.  Also, knit hats and scarfs for the retired teachers of Seminole County to give to the homeless children.  We meet weekly and the group will teach you if you do not know how to knit or crochet.  Contact: Sharon Knapp - sharonknapp@msn.com

Walking The Mourner's Path Eight Week Grief Course

Walking the Mourner’s Path Class is offered each year to all those who have experienced the death of a person who was closely related, either family or friend. If someone close to you has died either recently or in the past, whether you are struggling or at peace with it, this program is for you.  This eight-week grief program involves inviting Jesus to be a part of both the pain and the healing. In the weekly workshops of Walking the Mourner's Path the small group of 4-10 persons meets weekly and is led by trained facilitators with the assistance of a clergy person. 

We follow a workbook with meditations, questions for reflection and exercises to help heal the grief. This class provides a safe environment to allow for expressing as little or as much as needed and is grounded in prayer.  Participants in a Mourner's Path Group will learn that while their situation and pain is unique they are not alone on the healing journey. Members of the group learn tools for healing and moving forward with their lives. Research has shown that participants in groups with a specific beginning and end that provide tools for learning heal from their grief more quickly than open-ended groups without an established course.

The prayer of the group is this: “Together we can do what I cannot do alone."

Tricky Transition

Tricky Transition
Parenting adult children is tricky; being an adult child is tricky.

Anytime there are no defined guidelines and no measure of “right” or “wrong” life transitions are challenging.  Paradoxically, it is a gradual process that seems to happen suddenly.  

Not long ago I ran across this article in the AARP Magazine that captured my attention and I thought it would be fun to share (Read More).

Awareness, intention and mindfulness are keys to success in just about everything to do with relationships and life transitions.

Come share your ideas, thoughts and/or concerns on Wednesdays in the Pastoral Care Office.
- Gail Hencken

Worship Schedule

Sunday services at St. Richard's are Live Streaming format and in person.

  • Sunday Worship, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening Worship, 5:00 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer, Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. on Facebook Live only!

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