When a member of the St. Michael's community is in the hospital for any reason, the clergy and parish office should be notified as soon as possible. Hospitals and other medical care facilities are generally not allowed to contact the churches directly, the individual him/herself should share this information. (A family member or friend may be authorized to share this information, with the patient's permission.) Please call the parish office at (405) 321-8951 to let us know. Our clergy and lay ministers want to minister to the needs of all St. Michael's parishioners. But we need your help, in order to know how to help.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV)
The practice of lay persons taking the sacrament with them after a Eucharistic celebration dates to the beginning of the Christian church. Early Christians received enough of the sacrament at a Sunday Eucharist for them to be able to communicate themselves and others between Sunday Eucharists. The modern church has revived this practice. The Canons of the Episcopal Church state that a licensed lay person may "Directly following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday or other principal celebrations, (take) the sacrament consecrated at the celebration to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the celebration." This ministry is an extension of the altar rail from our eucharistic celebration to our larger parish community. Lay people take communion directly from the service to those unable to attend the Sunday liturgy. Please contact the parish office if you (or someone you know) would like to receive Communion at home on a regular basis.
St. Raphael's Guild Care Team
By longstanding tradition, the Archangel Raphael is understood to have great powers of healing for those who are sick or in distress. Our St. Raphael's Guild Care Team allows participants to participate in that healing ministry and fulfill Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors by offering care to those in our church family who need it. Our care can include delivery of home-cooked frozen meals to be heated up, or transportation to doctors’ offices or for grocery shopping, or simply visits to those who are housebound alone. For additional information or to request the Guild's assistance, please contact: Debi Smith 405-306-3450 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jocelyn Pedersen 405-823-7674 (email@example.com)
The Prayer Team is a ministry that has been active at St. Michael's for many years. Members dedicate themselves to daily intercessory prayer for those in need of this spiritual support. Prayer requests may be made by members of the congregation on behalf of themselves, other church members, family, friends, or people outside St. Michael's congregation. In addition to prayers for physical, mental or spiritual needs, the Team offers up prayers of thanksgiving for blessings and healings received. We believe this ministry strengthens the spiritual life of the parish and provides a resource of caring support for people in times of need, as well as joy and thanksgiving.
Confidentiality of prayers is maintained within the prayer group. Prayers may be requested by contacting the parish office, or by contacting the Coordinator, Amy Gardner at 405-410- 5523.