Pastoral care takes many forms as it seeks to share our Christian love and support in many of life's situations. At St. Matthias, the pastor, or Rector, is the key — but definitely not the only resource serving this special area of ministry. The items below outline various ways we bring care and support to those both in and outside the church family. Pastoral care is available in times of adversity, when encouragement is needed, to join in celebration, or any day when someone desires it.
If a member has a special requirement for major events like funerals or weddings, they are encouraged to contact the Rector directly to plan for such services.
The Rector (clergy) is available to offer prayers and other pastoral care in all sorts of situations. These might include hospital (or home) visits to those ill or injured, responding to a grieving family when a death has occurred, attending special celebrations or events when invited, or just "catching up" with you and your family. Our priest may be called at any time to be made aware of situations where special attention is needed.
Communion at Home/Lay Eucharistic Ministers
When requested, the Rector will offer to take communion to the home (or care facility) for members unable — for various reasons — to attend Sunday worship. In addition, a small cadre of certified Lay Eucharistic Ministers can provide this extension of the worship service when the Rector is unable to because of other duties.
A coordinator helps to arrange meals for members of St. Matthias when made aware adversity or other issues that are impacting a family’s or individual’s ability to prepare their own meals. Others from the church family prepare and deliver the meals at the scheduled times.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LENDING CLOSET
A small inventory of medical equipment (e.g., transport wheelchair, bed wedge) is available for a no-cost loan to church members when their health situations create a temporary need. Arrangements can be made by calling the Church Administrator.