The Parish of Saint Matthew: The Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Commission is a Christian service ministry which provides physical, spiritual, and emotional support to the Saint Matthew’s community. Our mission is to discern and respond actively to a wide variety of parishioner needs in a respectful and compassionate way. We strive to instill Christ’s spirit of unconditional caring throughout the Parish of Saint Matthew. —Mission Statement

CaringAlthough 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.

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.

Birthday Callers
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.

Helping Hands
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. 

VisitsHome 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.

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.

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 a caring, neutral ear.

Narthex Rack
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.

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.

Saints Alive
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.

Flower DeliverySunday 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.

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.

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.

For more information about one of these pastoral care groups or a related issue, please email The Reverend Christine Purcell or call 310/573-7787 x129.

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 310/573-7787, ext. 199.


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