Caring for One Another
Part of being a Christian community is caring for one another. That mutual care comes in a variety of ways, and happens informally through friendships and other relationships between members of the community, and in more formal ways, through interaction with clergy and staff, or with other members of the congregation who have been specially trained to provide an element of care.
Within the Christian tradition, this kind of mutual caring is often referred to as pastoral care. In many ways, over the years, pastoral care has become identified as something that clergy do for people in the congregation. Pastoral care evolved into a service, offered by clergy and received by lay people. We are coming to recognize, however, the inadequacy of that model. While clergy always have a role to paly in pastoral care, many elements of pastoral care can and should be offered by lay people who have been prepared for this ministry. Jesus called us to love one another as he loves us -- and part of living into this teaching is living into a shared model of mutual care and support.
At Trinity, we are evolving a ministry of pastoral care that includes clergy, staff, and lay people in appropriate ways. The leadership team for pastoral care includes both clergy and lay coordinators who together monitor the pastoral needs of the congregation and coordinate an appropriate response. Our hope is that this model both empowers people as caregivers and responds better to the needs of the Trinity community.
If you find yourself in need of care, or have a concern about another member of the congregation, please reach out to me or to one of our Care Coordinators. You can connect with our Pastoral Care Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, Rector
Current Care Coordinators
Sally Mancini & Rhonda Smith
You may reach the Care Coordinators by reaching out to them individually, or emailing email@example.com.
In An Emergency
Pastoral Care Emergency Phone: 650-326-8591 (for members of the Trinity community only)
This number connects to a member of our pastoral care team at all times, either directly or by voicemail. If you do receive a voicemail response, leave a message and the person on call will respond promptly to requests from members of the Trinity community.
Pastoral Care Programs and Support
Friendship Visitors: Our friendship visitors are trained pastoral care providers who show support for our parishioners during long or short periods of isolation. Members of this group will visit occasionally, bringing greetings from the congregation, and serving as a point of connection for people who are unable to be more active with us. Friendship visitors may also provides rides to church or other forms of hospitality. If you would like a friendship visit, or more information about our program, please contact a Care Coordinator or Rev. Matthew.
Eucharistic Visitors: We want all members of our community to have communion available to them when they are not able to come to church due to illness or injury. Lay members of our community and the clergy provide weekly Eucharistic visits for those who are homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise incapable of coming to our services. If you are interested in a Eucharistic Visitor (or would like to be trained for this ministry), please contact Rev. Matthew.
Healing Prayer: Each Sunday at the 10 am service, one of our lay chaplains is available at the prayer bench at the back of the church during the 10 am service to provide healing prayer during the administration of Communion. Before or after receiving Communion, you are welcome to come to the prayer bench, where you may either kneel or stand. The chaplain will lay hands upon you and pray a general prayer for healing, or a more specific prayer addressed to your prayer intention, if you wish.
Lay Chaplains: Our lay chaplains are highly trained in pastoral care for ongoing support through periods of transition. Lay chaplains meet weekly with their parishioner, to be a prayer partner through various life stages: divorce, caregiving, grief, birth, or other major life events that benefit from continuous care. If you are interested in being partnered with a lay chaplain, please contact a Care Coordinator or Rev. Matthew.
Parish Nurse: Violet Lyon is our Parish Nurse and is available to all parishioners who need assistance in finding care givers, scheduling home visits, blood pressure checks or any other need within the scope of practice—even just offering a listening ear. The service is ongoing and a phone call is all that’s needed directly (650-328-2472) or through the Church Office or the clergy, even if you just need a listening ear. The Parish Nurse has completed training as a Friendship Visitor, Lay Chaplain, and a Lay Eucharistic Minister.
Prayer Circle: Our prayer circle is made up of clergy and lay people who intentionally pray for those who need prayer in our community. They also manage the prayer list that is read on Sunday mornings and published in the weekly church news. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the prayer list please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Church Office (650-326-2083). To learn more about the prayer circle click here.
Prayer Shawls: A dedicated group of knitters in the Trinity community knit prayer shawls filled with prayers. These shawls are blessed in our liturgies to go to individuals who are in need of comfort and solace, as well as celebration and joy. If you are or someone you know would benefit from a shawl, please contact any member of the clergy. To learn more about our prayer shawl ministry click here.
Ride Shares: If you want to come to church but are unable to drive, please contact Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett or the Trinity Office and someone will try and pair you with another member to help get you to and from our worship services.