Sharing Christ's Love With All
We strive to share the Spirit of Christ, our special gifts and resources by showing love, respect and compassion while we actively meet the needs of others in our Church community and the world.
Member care provides one-on-one short-term Christian care to members in need. This includes hospital visitation following surgery or during illness. We also provide visitation to members who are in care facilities or homebound to offer our Christian love and fellowship. Please contact the church office at 979-297-3046 if you or a member you know needs some care and attention.
Stephen Ministry is the recruiting, training, commissioning and supervising of congregation members to provide one-to-one Christian care to persons in need on behalf of the congregation. Stephen Ministers typically are assigned one care receiver at a time and meet with that person for about one hour each week.
The needs of care receivers may include divorce, loss of a loved one, hospitalization, terminal illness, loneliness, relocation, unemployment, retirement, empty nest, and other life transitions.
Some people give casseroles, bake bread or cookies, some send flowers. Our ministry gives prayer shawls or pocket shawls. The shawls are given as a reminder that God loves everyone. They are used for various occasions and reasons. They are given to those in the hospital and those at home that need to feel God's loving arms around them. The pocket shawls (4") have been sent in care packages and given to our young people as they prepare to do a week of service in addition to many other occasions and events. Come join us as we knit or crochet for very special people. For more information, contact Linda Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-297-7305.
Agape Witness also provides one-to-one Christian care to persons in need, but they normally provide care on a short-term basis – perhaps a one time visit to a person in the hospital following surgery or recovering from an illness. At times, as Agape Witness may visit a person in a nursing home or a shut-in to simply provide Christian love to a person who is lonely and needs a brother or sister to talk with during a time of loneliness.
At times congregation members may become immobile – unable to leave their residence. Shut-in ministers visit these members providing Christian love, comfort and company.
The Carpenter's Hands
Carpenter's Hands are called to be Jesus' hands extended across our community, building and repairing for those in need. While others are called to speak the message of Jesus' love with their mouths, Carpenter's hands speak the message through their labors of love. Opportunities to serve are available for both skilled and non-skilled workers.
Following Sunday worship services, the altar flowers are normally re-vased into approximately 10 to 12 smaller, individual arrangements. These arrangements are then delivered to people in hospitals, shut-ins, nursing homes or just those who need a little extra tender loving care to brighten their day
Society of St. Stephen
Society of St. Stephen is a local volunteer organization that brings together several churches in our community. Each day they take calls from people with short-term financial needs – utility bills, medical bills, rent, etc. – for which they are not able to pay. The Society will evaluate the need, considering available resources which come from the various member churches, and attempt to help those in need. The Society also provides for some physical needs such as furniture.
Kairos and Epiphany Prison Ministries
Kairos Prison Ministry International addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, to their families and to those who work in the prison environment. Kairos Prison Ministry brings Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizens.
Epiphany Ministry vision is to spread the message of God's love, grace and forgiveness to every incarcerated juvenile in the world. The ministry typically uses a 3-day program of talks, skits, recreation, music, food and fellowship with “table families” of teams of men, women and teenagers in youth prison facilities.