Pastoral care at St. Matthew's comes in many forms, and our parish caregivers have answered many needs in the spirit of love and devotion – some participating in more than one ministry. Following are some of the ways you can get involved:
Prayer Partners: Confidential prayer time is offered by rotating prayer teams every Sunday in the Chapel, before or after you receive Communion. Requests are private, and although your concerns may seem overwhelming – no need or request is too big or too small.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry: Those interested may receive training to take Communion to our homebound parishioners.
Pet and Card Therapy: Handmade cards are sent to those in need of support. Pet therapy volunteers visit people with their well-behaved dogs.
Meals: There are times when individuals or families need meals provided for them for a limited time period. These can be supplied by our pastoral care volunteers.
One-on-One Pastoral Care: This ministry provides once-a-week visits to our homebound parishioners, and may involve some grocery shopping as well. Communion may be offered by those specially trained in this ministry.
Prayer Chain: Prayers are offered for those who need immediate and confidential prayer, usually short-term. People in need call in, and word is spread through the prayer chain volunteers.
Funeral Receptions: These are held in the Parish Hall immediately following the funeral service of a parishioner. Many hands contribute to setting up for a light lunch to be served, followed by desserts made by parishioners.
Drivers: There is always a need for those who might be able to provide transportation for a ride to church, a medical appointment, or shopping.
Being involved in Pastoral Care is being a part of the heart of our church, in seeing to the needs of others. For more information, or to become involved in this ministry, please call the church office at 609/737-0985.