Pastoral Care

Pastors are available to respond to specific needs and emergencies, to attend to events such as weddings and funerals, and to refer people to external resources we may not be trained or equipped to provide.

Our Congregational Care Team assists the pastoral team in coordinating support of those within the congregation needing special care for any reason, nurtures and equips systems of care within the congregation so that we minister to one another, and tends to ongoing lifecycle of care for the congregation. Additionally, we regularly offer opportunities for support through participation in small groups and congregational fellowship.

Mandated reporting of known or suspected instances of abuse or neglect of minors: “Although Washington State law only requires that supervisors report alleged abuse by individuals they supervise, SMC’s policy extends this requirement to include pastors and others in the congregation who reasonably believe child abuse [or neglect] occurred, whether or not there is a supervisory relationship” (from the SMC Child Safety Policy).

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