Although pastoral care is performed daily by our ordained clergy, many lay ministers offer pastoral care by using their God-given talents to strengthen each of us through the healing power of Christ’s love. The Revs. Betsy Anderson and Brian G. Palmer lead the Pastoral Care Ministries which are coordinated by the Pastoral Care Commission, chaired by Alice Simmons and comprised of the following lay ministries:
Alcoholism Support Group. The Alcoholism Support Group is a network of compassionate parishioners who have been successfully healed of alcoholism and who have offered their confidential personal support to those struggling with addiction. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Birthday Callers (Daniela Winter, Coordinator). All active pledging members of Saint Matthew’s receive a congratulatory call on their birthday from these lay ministers who spread good cheer and let parishioners know that St. Matthew’s is thinking of them. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Helping Hands (Sarah Doering/Sarah Peterson, Coordinators). This ministry provides nourishing meals and snacks for those dealing with illness, surgery, new babies, or bereavement and organizes memorial service receptions when approved by the clergy. In addition, the ministry provides new baby and grief prayer books for those in the parish who have had a new addition to their family or who have lost a loved one. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Home Eucharist Ministry (Elizabeth Keatinge, Coordinator). Home Lay Eucharistic ministers bring Holy Communion from services to shut-ins each Sunday. The clergy is available to visit weekdays or Sundays. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Intercessory Prayer Group (Fred Simmons, Pastoral Care Commission Representative). For those among us who are overwhelmed by illness, despair, or discouragement, a parish prayer list is prayed during the Sunday services as well as regularly throughout the week by the Intercessory Prayer Group. Contact the Rev. Betsy Anderson to add someone to the list.
Lay Pastoral Visitors (Diane, Elander, Coordinator). Lay Pastoral Visitors have made a commitment to become “spiritual friends” with the people they visit once or twice a month and to offer them a caring, neutral ear. Contact the Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Narthex Rack (Marianne Wisner Royce, Coordinator). The Narthex Rack provides free pamphlets on subjects of interest to our parishioners such as dealing with grief, aging, stress, divorce, family caregiving, chronic pain, etc. The Rack is out on the church patio between Sunday services and can be found in the Narthex during the week. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Prayer Station Ministry (David Landau and Lise Luttgens, Coordinators). Each Sunday during the Holy Eucharist a prayer station is provided in the chapel for private, confidential prayer with a lay Prayer Station Minister. This prayerful experience of love and intimacy between two parishioners is helpful in soothing one’s soul and internal concerns. Contact The Rev. Brian G. Palmer.
Saints Alive (Andrea Wagner Barton/Bob Harter, Coordinators). A monthly luncheon with a speaker is provided to parishioners age 60 or older for a slight charge to provide for Christian formation around intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs. More information about times, dates and upcoming speakers. Contact the Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Sunday Flower Delivery (Shana Garner, Coordinator). The Sunday altar flowers are delivered to parishioners who are unable to attend church in order to bring comfort and a sense of connectedness. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson.
Support Groups. From time to time we offer small groups which address major life challenges, such as bereavement or caregiving. These groups provide spiritual healing and strength as well as information for group members with particular challenges. Contact The Rev. Brian G. Palmer.
Wellness Workshops. Throughout the year we reach out to the parish and the community-at-large to invite them to come to church for workshops related to healing. Topics have included various chronic diseases, cancer, family caregiving, end-of-life issues, and learning to manage overload in our lives. Contact The Rev. Brian G. Palmer.
Contact Information. (310/573-7787; Fax: 310/573-7421)