Pastoral care ministries make the love of God visible for parishioners. Clergy are available on a daily basis to talk to those wishing guidance, and visit parishioners in hospitals and at home if needed. The pastoral care hotline (412) 440-8123 answers 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies such as accidents or to provide ministration to the dying. In addition, the members of St. Paul’s provide pastoral care through a number of ministries.
Almost every Sunday, volunteers deliver flowers to parishioners in celebration of births and baptisms, and to offer condolence after the passing of loved ones. Flowers have also been delivered to hospitals, and to cheer parishioners who cannot make it to church on a regular basis.
This is a service provided by parishioner Freya Dickson-LaPrade, who is a registered nurse. Blood Pressure readings are available between the between the 8:45 and 10:45 services on the second Sunday of the month, allowing parishioners the opportunity to track and monitor their blood pressure.
The Caregiver Support Group began in the fall of 2014, in recognition of the increasing number of parishioners who found themselves in the difficult position of caring for loved ones. The group meets monthly on the third Tuesday, to share experiences in a safe environment.
St. Paul’s clergy visit both of these retirement communities regularly, conducting church services and visiting those in the health center. Parishioners also visit regularly.
Good Samaritan Ministries provides meals and rides for parishioners who cannot get to church, or medical appointments.
The Guild of the Christ Child is intended to emphasize the importance of baptism in our Episcopal tradition by providing literature to those preparing for baptism, and staying in touch with the baptized afterwards.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed by the Diocese to bring Communion to members of St. Paul’s who are unable to attend church on a regular basis. Our Lay Visitors are part of an important connection between St. Paul’s and its members.
St. Paul’s Stephen Ministers have been serving the parish since 2003. Stephen Ministers are trained pastoral caregivers who supplement (but do not substitute) care given by our clergy. They bring the love of Christ to those who are hurting or experiencing difficulties.