Pastoral Care Action Team
The mission of the Pastoral Care Action Team (PCAT) is to attend to the spiritual and emotional well being of our community. We provide caring spiritual and practical support as well as opportunities for deeper interpersonal connection and learning. We try to be responsive to ongoing and changing needs in our community. This goal is accomplished through the work of each of our subgroups and in collaboration with our Minister and other professional staff as well as the other action teams. Contact: email@example.com.
PCAT supports and coordinates the activities of its subgroups as well as a number of support/affinity groups listed below.
Caring Congregation Committee (CCC) Supports families with children and adults with special needs and mental health issues. Caringcong@follen.org
Covenant Groups Meet once a month in small groups to provide opportunities for spiritual reflection on various themes.
Lay Ministry Assist the Minister in providing support to individuals who request the need for a caring person who can listen and respond with empathy and understanding.
Volunteer Services Network Provides meals and rides to people in our Congregation who are in need. Contact: VSN@Follen.org.
Support Group for those with Elderly Parents Meet once a month to address the challenges of caring for elderly parents.
Men’s Discussion Group Meet weekly to discuss topics determined by the group.
Toward Stable Ground (TSG) A support group for those experiencing challenges associated with shifting work and personal lives, including impacts on employment and finances. Contact TSG@follen.org.
Remembrance Dinners Meets as needed during the church year to provide an opportunity for members and friends in the congregation to remember a loved one and to share food and conversation with others
Resources for the Coronavirus
Find a comfortable chair or couch to sit on in a quiet space, if possible. Begin by placing your feet on the floor and closing your eyes.
- “Ground” yourself in your body by first focusing on your feet flat on the floor. Feel your soles, toes and heels making contact with the floor.
- Focus on the back of your thighs making contact with the seat of the chair.
- Notice the weight of your hands resting on your thighs
- Just rest for a moment in the sensation of the awareness of your body
- Place the ring finger of one hand on your belly button.
- Next, move the same hand above the belly button and below your breast bone.
- Take a slow deep breath in through your nose and feel your hand rising as you breathe into your abdomen. Count slowly to 4.
- Purse your lips and breathe out through your mouth to the count of 8. The extended exhalation allows your body and mind to relax.
- Repeat for 6-10 breaths.
- As you breathe into your abdomen, you allow the pent up energy many of us hold in our chest area during periods of anxiety or stress, to RELEASE. Your abdominal area softens.
- Chest breathing is what gives us headaches, chest discomfort and shoulder tension.
- Do this exercise at least once a day alone, and with a family member in the house or a friend, neighbor, or family member over the phone. This daily practice can help with sleep, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate. In addition to good nutrition and exercise, it goes a long way to keep you healthy.
www.meditationoasis.com (Free audio recordings on meditation and relaxation)
http://marc.ucla.edu/ (UCLA Mindful Research Center website. Free guided meditations)
www.palousemindfulness.com (Free online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. See the Thich Nhat Hanh Ten Mindful Movements under “Yoga 1”)
The free phone Apps Calm and Insight Timer also contain some calming techniques and meditations.