The Deacons service to the congregation includes: providing the supplies and schedule all of the groups within the church for Coffee Hour following the Sunday worship service; purchasing supplies and set up and clean up of Communion; funeral luncheons; Care Notes, which cover a variety of topics including issues revolving around loss, illness, coping, and depression, and are available for the use of our congregation; Care Cards/Deacon Huddle, cards that remind recipients that their church cares about them; maintain contact with VIPs (a list of “Very Important Presbyterians” who are no longer able to attend services due to their age or health) through cards, visits, or phone calls; prayer shawls given to ill church members; and Sunday Suppers, meals prepared for people in the congregation who, for whatever reason, need a good meal.
The Deacons service to the community includes: blood drives; food baskets four times a year for needy families; supporting Fort Street Presbyterian Church, a program that serves the needy and homeless in Detroit; “Spring Into Giving” mission project; and the “Giving Tree” during the Christmas season where donations are collected for local charities and families in need.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by their Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting. They provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties. A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour. Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a crisis or life difficulty. Potential care receivers first meet with a pastor or Stephen Leader, who assesses their needs for care and matches them with a Stephen Minister. The caring relationship lasts for as long as the need persists.
The Blessings of Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community.
Congregations carry out Christ’s commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV) in a powerful and practical way.
Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people.
Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.
People who are hurting have a caring Christian presence to provide emotional and spiritual support.
In short, Stephen Ministry helps carry out the mission of the church.
For more information, please email Pastor Kellie.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
RGPC has a Caring for the Caregivers group. Do you help someone with their physical, emotional and/or financial support because they are unable to care for themselves due to illness, injury or disability?
Caring for Caregivers has been formed to provide support to people who find themselves caring for a family member, life partner or friend. We want to provide a time set aside once a month in which to share ideas, resources, and moral support. We will also be stressing the importance of taking care of yourself!
To be on the announcement list, please call Jan Myers at 734-773-3741.