Pastoral Care


People who are unable to drive get a ride to church from a team of drivers who share this ministry.  If people want to be in church or attend other events, the inability to drive or lack of a car will not prevent them from attending.

Contact: Linda Matthews, or parish office

Emergency Meals

Members of this team prepare a simple meal to provide nourishment to a person or family in need of temporary assistance.  On a rotating basis, they prepare (or pick up carry-out) and deliver to the home.  When things are stressful at home, Hickory Neck makes sure meal prep is not one of them.


Contact the Parish Office if you are in need or if you would like to help provide meals.

Contact: Sue Dugan or parish office

Healing Ministry

Healing prayers and unction, anointing with oil, are offered at the Healing Altar at the 9:00 a.m. service each Sunday.

Contact: Christine Hanlon

Health Team

The Health Ministry Team works collaboratively with the Parish Nurse and utilizes local resources and educational programs to promote the whole person’s health and wellness.  In addition, they raise safety awareness and prevention of illnesses and injuries, for our parishioners of all age groups.  They support and manage the Emergency First Respondent annual training and the free fall flu clinic.

Contact: Carolyn Gaylord or the parish office

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those who are hurting or experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation. A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour. Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a crisis or life difficulty. The caring relationship lasts for as long as the need persists. 

Contact The Rev. Bob Gay, Deacon or Evie Braukhoff, Stephen Ministry Leader.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained by clergy and are sent forth from the Hickory Neck altar where the community has gathered and shared Communion, carrying the Body and Blood of Christ to parishioners whose illness, disability, or injury keep them from being physically present in church on Sundays.

Contact: The Clergy/Parish Office or Rebekah Roberts

Special Deliveries

These pastoral care givers provide simple meals (either homemade or purchased) and support to new moms, dads and families right after the new baby comes home from the hospital.  If you are expecting a baby and would like to receive meals, or if you would like to help provide meals to new moms, please contact the  Parish Office at 757-566-0276 or Paula Simmons.

Prayer Advocates

This team prays daily for those in need, whether members of Hickory Neck or not.  Anyone in the parish may request prayers by calling the Parish Office at 757-566-0276.  The confidential prayer requests are disseminated through e-mail.

Contact:  Lynn Kelley

Good Grief Group

The newest ministry at Hickory Neck is a bereavement support group that provides grief classes and ongoing support to parishioners.  Special sessions on how to handle grief during the holidays are presented each fall.

Contact:  Sue Edwards

Prayer Shawls

Over the years, shawls have always given us a sense of shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance.  Our members have endeavored to continue this spiritual tradition by knitting or crocheting in prayer and creating a loving, useful, and healing symbol that Hickory Neck then gives as gifts to individuals in times of stress or in need of comfort, strength, encouragement or for celebration.  They can wrap themselves in the love of God and Hickory Neck during difficult times.

Contact:  Tina Sinclair