Pastoral Care

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The ministry of clergy and lay visitors reminds people of God's love and presence in their lives. Pastoral care includes caring for families with new children, people in times of loss, couples getting married and those who are sick or shut in. This circle of care expands, simply, to involvement in one another's lives--across town and across generations--and enduring connections that help us experience God's love through each other: in celebration, in sickness, in doubt, in joy.

Please call the office at 406-542-2167 if you wish to schedule an appointment to meet with the clergy.

Hospital Visits

Due to a change in regulations our local hospitals can no longer let our clergy know who is in the hospital. If you know you are going to be in the hospital, please give the church office a call at 542-2167 so that we can arrange visitation for you while you are hospitalized.

Eucharistic Visitors

Once a month, parishioners come to the altar at the end of the service to take communion to people of the parish family who are unable to come to church. The Eucharistic Visitors offer a personal link with Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in work they find fulfulling as well. The diocese licenses individuals for this ministry of taking the consecrated bread and wine to those members of our parish family who are unable to be present at the service. 

Caregiver Support Group

The caregiver support group meets quarterly from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (check our calendar or call to confirm meeting date) at the church. Participants are currently caring for an aging friend or family member, either locally or at a distance. In each meeting there is time allotted for general sharing about the care giving experience, as well as time for presentation and/or discussion of relevant care giving topics. The group welcomes other caregivers to attend at any time. Contact the Rev. Terri Grotzinger or Gretchen Strohmaier at 542-2167 or  or for more information.

Prayer Group

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meets one Sunday a month (check the calendar for the next meeting date). This group has made a commitment to pray daily or weekly for people who are sick or home-bound or in any need or crisis. To learn more about the Prayer Group and some resources for prayer and study, contact the office. For prayer requests, see below.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests are handled two different ways: "Prayers of the People" which are read aloud in church OR the confidential list prayed for by the Prayer Group respecting all confidences. You can contact the clergy or any of our Prayer Group members with your request or complete the form below to make your request through our website. The most important thing is to ask for prayer and to designate your request as confidential or for the Prayers of the People. We assume that your request is confidential unless told otherwise.

Request a prayer
Use this form to request prayers for yourself or others

Please indicate whether this is a prayer you wish included in the Prayers of the People (read aloud during the Sunday service), or a prayer you wish to be kept confidential for the Prayer Group and clergy only.

Please give the name of the person you would like us to pray for. If you wish, you may explain the reason for the prayer.

Prayers of the People are read aloud in church. Confidential prayer requests will be shared only with the Prayer Group and clergy. You can choose to have your prayers on both lists. (Fill in Prayers of the People, Confidential, or Both).