Helen Porter 4th Sunday
St. Stephen’s holds an afternoon service at the Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility on the 4th Sunday of every month. Most of the residents who attend are unable to attend service at community churches, so this ministry is very meaningful to them.
The service begins at 3:30 pm with church volunteers arriving around 3:15 to help set up and assist residents to the Helen Porter Common Room. When a member of the clergy is not on hand to lead worship, Eric Davis fills in as lay leader. Kitty Davis selects hymns that relate to the day’s lectionary and plays the piano to accompany singing. The hymns tend to be standards from the 19th and early 20th centuries with consideration given to familiarity and vocal range. The service runs 30 to 40 minutes in length and is normally attended by between 10 and fifteen Helen Porter residents.
Lucy Pellegrini, who was for many years our beloved deacon as well as Helen Porter’s Chaplain, developed the liturgy for this service based upon the traditional language of the Office of Evening Prayer. Parishioners Jean Bergesen, Barb Wood and Elizabeth Oettinger, along with others from St. Stephen’s, have helped greatly with this ministry over the years.
Helen Porter’s long-term residents form bonds with individuals who appear frequently as volunteers. Our volunteers often feel that they receive more than they give from this particular ministry. New volunteers are always appreciated and anyone who would enjoy this form of worship is welcome to attend. Contact people are Eric & Kitty Davis.