Ministries of Care-giving and Concern
Deacons contact members who have been ill, are house-bound, in the hospital, grieving, or have other needs. On the first Sunday of the month, when the congregation normally celebrates communion, members of the Board of Deacons will serve communion to home bound and hospitalized members.
Stephen ministers support deacons in their ministry of Visitation and Concern. Stephen Ministers are assigned an individual care-recipient with whom they regularly meet to assist during periods of personal crisis. (read more…)
Well-wishes, get-well wishes and cards of concern remind members and family of the congregation that they are in the thoughts and prayers of the Deacons.
Funeral and Memorial Receptions
Deacons organize food, setup, serving and clean-up for memorial receptions.
The prayer chain is an opportunity for members to go to God with petitions for others asking His blessings and healing power. To submit a prayer request for the prayer chain, use the Contact Us form or contact any of our deacons.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members gather to knit and crochet shawls on two Monday mornings a month – and some in the evenings at home. All members of this ministry share a deep concern for others as well as the ability to knit lovely shawls. Astheshawlsaremadeprayersare offered for the future recipientandshawlsare dedicated during regular worship before being presented to an individual. The shawls are particularly meant for those who are ill or are going through major life changes, such as a student going off to college.
This movement is part of a larger ecumenical prayer shawl ministry
. Both knitters (crocheters, etc) and recipients of this ministry attest to its meaningfulness. The shawls become not just symbolic of God’s inclusive, enfolding love, but also of the knitting of prayers together as a Christian community of the church universal.
Deacons touch base twice a year with church members per telephone, generally in April and October.
Deacons sponsor special events for the congregation and community covering current interest topics related to spiritual, physical, and mental health.