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 Rev. Betsy Anderson leads 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.
All active pledging members of Saint Matthew’s receive a congratulatory call on their birthday from these lay ministers to spread good cheer and let parishioners know that St. Matthew’s is thinking of them. Contact The Rev. Betsy Anderson. (Daniela Winter, Coordinator)
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. (Patricia Allwright/Sarah Doering, Coordinators)
Home Eucharist Ministry
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. (Kathleen Crookston, Coordinator)
Intercessory Prayer Group
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. (Fred Simmons, Pastoral Care Commission Representative)
Lay Pastoral Visitors
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 as a caring, neutral ear. Contact the Rev. Betsy Anderson. (Diane, Elander, 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. (Marianne Wisner Royce, Coordinator)
Prayer Station Ministry
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 Palmer. (David Landau, Coordinator)
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. Contact the Rev. Betsy Anderson. (Andrea Wagner Barton/Bob Harter, Coordinators)
Sunday Flower Delivery
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. (Shana Garner, Coordinator)
From time to time we offer small groups which address major life challenges, such as bereavement, caregiving, divorce, or parenting children with learning challenges. These groups meet for a covenant period (they are not ongoing) and provide spiritual healing and strength as well as information for group members with particular challenges. Contact The Rev. Brian Palmer.
The Rev. Betsy Anderson, Associate for Pastoral Care, ext 122
Please contact the clergy individually for a private pastoral care or counseling appointment, or contact the church office at any time for more information.
In an emergency situation after parish business hours, a priest may be contacted immediately by calling the parish office at 310/454-1358, ext. 199.