I am 70 years old. I am a retired librarian and I am involved in church activities. I am an Episcopalian by religion, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, who assists the Rector in administering the elements by distributing the Host and wine to communicants. When I am serving on a Sunday, I also read either a passage from either the Old Testament, the first reading or one from the New Testament, the second reading. These two readings are separated by a reading of the psalm selected for the day, in which the congregation participates. I also visit sick parishioners either in their homes or nursing homes to pray with them, share the current news bulletin, and give them communion. I attend Sunday Adult Bible Class. I assist the Rector in participating in ceremonies of baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Most of my shut-in parishioners are terminally ill. In order to cope with this situation, I attend a monthly Care-Givers meeting, where participants share their experiences. Some times we have invited speakers from the Department of Aging, or qualified speakers to inform us about the making of wills etc. I volunteer once weekly at a Hospice Center helping them with minor clerical duties. I am fully retired and I am not interested in any paid part time or full time work, because of my involvement in church activities.