Pastoral Care

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Pastoral Care takes many forms at St. John’s, Chico.  From time to time, we all need help and support. Both lay and clerical support is available for members and families in time of need.  Do not hesitate to call the church office (530-894-1971) if you would like to speak with or be called on by Fr Richard or one of our lay visitors.

Meals and Transportation

Our Care Group provides meals, transportation and help to meet needs of parish members who are ill, recovering from an illness or suffering a major life event. Meal Ministry gives those who volunteer to make meals the opportunity to share God’s love through a warm meal.  The other side of that same coin is this ministry gives the recipients of the lovingly prepared meals the chance to feel the love of God that is shared in our community.  If you know of someone in need of meals, please call Gwyneth Stephenson at 966-6136 or at

Home and Hospital Communion

Home and Hospital Communion is provided by our Eucharistic Visitors. Holy Communion is at the heart of relationship with God and with one another. Trained Eucharistic Visitors regularly bring communion to the homebound and the hospitalized. Contact Deacon Anne or Fr. Richard through the church office if you are either interested in scheduling visits, or are interested in being trained to be a Eucharistic Visitor.

Hospital Visits   

St. John’s has two people from the congregation who are a part of the Spiritual Care team at Enloe hospital, Roger Cutler and Deacon Anne Powell. Visits are also made by other clergy and parishioners to support one another at all hospitals in the area. Please let the office know when you or a loved one is in the hospital since privacy regulations often prevent the hospital from notifying us.

Prayer Chain

An important element of our life in Christian community is our prayer with and for one another.  If you are wishing prayer for yourself or a loved one, their name will be added to the Prayer Chain by calling the church office or emailing Carol Matthews at

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,

shall guard your hearts and your minds.”

Philippians 4:6