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Congregational Care

In keeping with our mission as a congregation to be about relationships, Christ UMC is committed to extending love and care to members of our church family, particularly when they find themselves in situations of special need. Below are listed various ways we do this through the work of our Congregational Care Committee. If you want to know more about the committee and their work, please contact Rev. Mark Price by email or at 790-2112.

Stephen Ministry (contact person: Ken Nye)
Stephen Ministers are trained lay care-givers who offer one-on-one support and caring to people in our congregation and community who are hurting. They may have experienced the death of a loved one, a divorce, an illness, an unplanned job change, stress or other issue. Our Stephen Ministers are equipped to listen, to love and to embody the compassion of Christ.

Prayer Shawl Ministry (contact person: Cheryl Stanley)
The tradition of the prayer shawl derives from the ancient ritual garment worn by Jewish men, called the tallit. This piece of rectangular cloth featured corner fringes designed to remind the wearer to keep the Torah. The Christ UMC Prayer Shawl Ministry team meets monthly, typically the last Thursday of the month at lunchtime, to knit and bless beautiful, woolen garments for the purpose of giving them to people as tangible reminders of God’s love and care for them.

Bereavement Meals (contact person: Ouida Greer)
As an expression of hospitality and care to those members who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the Congregational Care Committee will manage the work of meal preparation during the day of the funeral or memorial service.

New Parent Meals (contact person: Laura Robertson)
As an expression of hospitality and care to those members who have just celebrated the birth of baby, the Congregational Care Committee will assist in setting up an online meal calendar.

Red Cross Blood Drive (contact person: Janet Charlton)
Each quarter, Christ UMC hosts a Red Cross blood drive in the Fellowship Hall on a Sunday morning.

Homebound Member Communion (contact person: Janet Charlton)
For those members who become homebound due to physical disabilities or chronic health-related issues and are unable to attend church on a Communion Sunday for an extended period of time, a member of the Congregational Care Committee will bring the elements of Holy Communion to them on those occasions.

Homebound Member Visitation (contact person: Marne’ Price)
Members of our congregation commit to visiting and developing a relationship with members not able to attend services on a regular basis. This is a new program and is still taking shape at this time.

Card Ministry (contact person: Robin Kennedy in the church office)
Volunteers write and send birthday cards to members throughout the year.