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Pastoral Care


The Ministry of Pastoral Care is a shared responsibility of all people within the church community of ESC, clergy and laity. This shared responsibility begins with awareness within our church family so that we provide a network of care in times of joy, sorrow or sickness.


As members of the Pastoral Care Ministries, we network together to offer help in situations in which pastoral support is needed ensuring that “no one walks alone” as challenges arise and life changes and needs occur. As Christians, we walk together in community, fulfilling God’s commandment to love one another as God loves us. Through pastoral care, we share in “Christ’s mission and as members of Christ’s body, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes and His heart.”


To learn more about Pastoral Care at ESC, contact Rev. Melody Perdue,

Pastoral Care Team

These members make visits to parishioners that are hospitalized or homebound, and maintain communication with those members through additional visits, phone calls, and cards.They offer a listening ear, compassionate prayer, and any additional support that is needed.

For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Perdue at

Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharistic Visitors are laity of the church, who receive diocesan mandated training and are licensed by the bishop to bring communion to homebound or hospitalized parishioners.

For more information, contact Vicki Humphries,

Prayer Chain

Members of the prayer chain pray daily for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those who have requested their support. Our parish prayer list is updated weekly and mailed to the prayer those on the prayer chain.


To join the prayer team, contact Rev. Melody Perdue at

Feed My Sheep

Preparing and delivering meals to parishioners who are homebound, recovering from surgery or other sickness, or just need to be touched by the warmth of a delicious meal is the gift the servants of this ministry bring to ESC.


For more information, contact

Rev. Melody Perdue at

Flower Delivery

Flowers from the altar are divided into smaller bouquets after the 11:30 service and delivered to parishioners in the hospital, at home sick, who have lost a loved one, had a baby, or are celebrating their 80th+ birthday. At Christmas and Easter, the flowers that have adorned the church are shared with parishioners that are homebound, live in a retirement community or have faced a crisis.

For more information, contact the church office at (757)428-6763

Parish Friends

Parish Friends teams are available to help families in our church at the time of a death in the family. They prepare and organize receptions for the bereaved family and friends following the funeral or memorial service.


For more information, contact Ellen Gallup at

Retirement Home Communion

Branching out into our community and offering the service of Holy Eucharist is important to ESC. Providing that spiritual link to those unable to attend their place of worship helps to keep the congregants in relationship with one of the two great sacraments of the Gospel. Services are held monthly:

Atlantic Shores:

Second Tuesday, 2 p.m. 

First Colonial Inn:

First Wednesday, 11 a.m.


For more information, contact

Rev. Melody Perdue at

New Moms Ministry

Agift bag that includes a pair of handmade booties or a bib is given to expectant moms. Before the new little one arrives communication through notes and phone calls offers care and support. Once the baby arrives meals are delivered.


For more information, contact Patti Frankenfield,

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