Pastoral Care Ministries

Providing Service to Each Other

Stephen Ministry – We are not currently training new Stephen Ministers, but we still have a dedicated group of Stephen Ministers who are available to visit parishioners who are going through a crisis or a difficult time. Stephen Ministers visit one-on-one approximately once a week, and the visits are completely confidential. If you or someone you know could use a listening ear and someone to provide spiritual comfort, let the church office know. 

Sonshine Ministry – Our Sonshine Ministry is a team of volunteers who care for all our parishioners by taking turns sending cards and notes of acknowledgement for birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, and other special occasions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – The San Jose Prayer Shawl ministry is made up of a group of parishioners who knit or crochet shawls and pocket squares to be given by our priests to those in need of our Lord's love, healing, comfort and peace. When these items are completed, they are blessed by our priests at the altar and then distributed as the clergy deem appropriate. A card is enclosed with each item conveying our mission to each recipient. Providing these prayer shawls and prayer pocket squares is a special way to touch the lives of others in need and to show the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

Comfort Foods Ministry – There is nothing more welcome after an illness, surgery, or death in the family than the helpfulness and loving comfort of a home-cooked meal. Our Comfort Foods Ministry provides dinners to parishioners in need.

College Connection – College Connection was launched September 2016. This ministry sends handwritten notes, cards, and special little gifts to our young church members that are away at college. The goal of this ministry is to "touch" these young people to let them know San Jose Episcopal is thinking about them, and praying for them, and misses them (for many this is their first time away from home). We want these college-aged kids to know we would love to see them at church when they are in town. The future goal is to retain these young people as church members. Feedback so far is wonderful. In the words of one college-age parishioner, “Getting these special things from San Jose made me love the church and appreciate it even more than I already do!”