What is a Prayer Chaplain?
A Prayer Chaplain is someone who can pray with you. Jesus said, “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” When two people come together in prayer, a “third” presence is there, that is, the presence of the Holy Spirit or the active principle of God. This is where the consciousness of possibility exists.
A Prayer Chaplain is someone who can create and hold sacred space with you through prayer. To hold sacred space means to embrace a consciousness of possibility. God is greater than any outward situation or condition we may experience.
A Prayer Chaplain listens to you and holds what is heard in confidence... be assured that whatever is said to a prayer chaplain remains confidential.
Prayer Chaplains are a dedicated group of congregants committed to holding the high watch for our community. To qualify to serve as a Prayer Chaplain, they must have completed the chaplain course and attend an annual weekend retreat where they review how to pray and support those in need of prayer. After completing the weekend retreat, they commit themselves to serving their spiritual community for one year by being available to provide prayer support on a rotating basis on Sunday mornings and through phone or e-mail support.
How do Prayer Chaplains serve?
On Sunday – Prayer Chaplains are available to pray with you following the Sunday services in the sanctuary or at any time. You can fill out a prayer request at the church and know that our chaplains will hold you and your request in prayer and loving kindness.
At the Hospital – Prayer Chaplains make hospital visits. If you are in the hospital or know you are going to be hospitalized, please contact the church office and a chaplain or minister will be happy to offer prayer support through a call or visit.
Over the Phone – Prayer Chaplains make prayer calls. All members have the option of having a personal chaplain. Your prayer chaplain will phone you once a month to offer prayer support. Of course, if you need prayer at other times, you may contact the church office and a prayer chaplain will contact you.
How to Contact a Prayer Chaplain
Unity of Sarasota currently offers four different ways in which you can access prayer support. A minister or prayer chaplain will contact you.
Email the church. A minister or prayer chaplain will return your call or email.
Meet a prayer chaplain in the front of the sanctuary after the Sunday service.
We are members of the Congregation who are reaching out to others in the Congregation during their time of need. We are here to lend a helping hand with that special need, provide a friendly visit, or arrange for the Minister or a Chaplain to pray with you.
We have a team of Angels ready to assist you.
Angel Ministry Leader: Rev. Amy Zehe
“Angels are the Universal Language of Love and Unity. They are messengers of God’s love and have unlimited abilities to bring grace, healing, and blessings to everyone. We simple must call on them to learn to be even more receptive to their assistance” (Dilts, C. 2016).
How to Find Us
Call the Church 955-3301 ext. 123
Fill out an Angel Request Card – found in the Church lobby
Look for an Angel in Church, we will be wearing an identifying Angel pin and are ready to help.
Arrange for Meal
Arrange for Transportation to Sunday Services
Arrange Transportation to shop
Arrange for Transportation to a Medical Appointment
Arrange for a Chaplain to Pray with you
Put you in Contact with a Minister
Arrange for a friendly visitor for member of our Congregation who are home bound, in a nursing home or assisted living. Or, if you just need someone to stop by and check on you.
The Five Unity Principles as Taught to Our Children
I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring good to life.
I do and give my best by living the Truth of these principles. I make a positive difference in the world!
God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
Rob Satori, Musical Director
Unity of Sarasota’s Music Ministry is directed by well-known, longtime, local professional musician and vocalist, Rob Satori. The Unity Choir is comprised of volunteers of all voice parts who love to sing.
Our professional band musicians help to bring the music alive encouraging participation from the listeners. Each song is chosen to provide spiritual uplifting and a connection to God as well as its appropriateness to the service. With musical styles that range from old favorite hymns to contemporary, classical, chants, rock and jazz, there is something appealing for everyone.
If you play an instrument or have a talent for singing, we invite you to join! Simply contact Unity of Sarasota or talk with Rob after any service. Happiness is singing in a choir, and we’re saving a place for you!”
Bentley's House Pet Ministry
You’ve heard it, and you have probably even said it. The loss of a pet can be devastating. But until you have lost a cherished animal friend, the depth of that grief may seem vague. Loss and grieving for a pet can affect us differently at different stages of our lives and whatever the cause may have been, may also impact on you as the survivor.
However painful, grief is a part of loving. If we did not love, we would not feel the grief and for me I do not want to go through life without feeling love.
As you deal with the loss of your pet, you’ll also be adapting changes that can feel disruptive. Your routine is off. No early morning walks or trips to the dog park. No spontaneous cuddles spurred by an oncoming storm. Anticipating these changes and taking steps to accept them can help.
Returning to your regular activities is key. But so is recognizing your need to mourn and look back on the memories made with your pet. So, do what feels best for you within the constraints of your situation.
Bentley’s House is a grief support group that began almost eight years ago by a couple who lost their dog Bentley and had nowhere to go to move through the deep grief they were feeling. They came to me and asked if I would help them start a forum for people experiencing pet loss.
At that time, I had been volunteering with Hospice and felt honored they asked me to assist with this vital idea and program. Now we welcome those grieving for a pet and experiencing the loss those who may soon lose a pet – the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Bentley’s House is a safe and non-judgmental place to share your memories and feelings.
If you have any questions, or would like to register for the Zoom meeting, please contact Rev. Amy via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings on your journey,
Rev. Amy Zehe
Relevant Pet Sites:
Sarasota Pet Crematory
1410 Commerce Blvd. Unit L
Sarasota, FL 34243
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