Congregational Care Ministries
Our vision for Pastoral and Congregational Care…
…Creating and cultivating a deeply caring Christian community in all aspects of life with our congregation, as we reach out to a hurting world one neighborhood and one person at a time.
The Congregational Care Ministries of our church share the same goal – to create and cultivate a deeply caring Christian community in all aspects of life within our congregation and in our interactions with the community around us. We thank God for the task of helping persons care for each other in the name of Jesus Christ and are always looking for new ways of caring to meet those seen and unseen needs around us. Please call the church office at 931-526-2177 for more information about any of our Congregational Care Ministries.
At a time of loss, we offer pastoral care, prayer, memorial services, cards, and sometimes flowers, and/or food delivered to the family upon news of a death. We have teams available to provide a meal for family and friends immediately following a memorial service. We are glad to receive prayer concerns – contact the church office to have those concerns listed.
Grief Support Ministry - Our Grief Support ministry makes use of various helpful materials for the purpose of assisting persons in embracing and moving through the different stages of grief. Throughout the year we offer a 13-week experience called GriefShare. You may join at any time. Day and evening groups are available. We also offer a variety of special events such as one-on-one care for those going through grief, how to help children who are grieving, and other seasonal specific events such as ‘’Surviving the Holidays’’ (a seminar focused on grief through the holidays) and ‘’The Longest Night’’ (a Christmas worship experience for those who may not be having a ‘Merry Christmas’).
Join us for one of three Grief Support Fall 2017 Groups: Putnam County YMCA, Mondays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. starting August 2; First United Methodist Church, Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. starting August 7; Dyer Funeral Home, Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. starting October 24..
On any given Sunday, some people are not able to attend worship or be physically present with us due to temporary medical/physical conditions or long term situations such as being confined to home and/or a nursing facility. Our Barnabas Ministers visit these individuals and offer them a prayer, a visit, and Holy Communion. It is our firm belief that all people are a vital part of our congregation even when they are physically absent from us. Call the church office if you would like to serve in this ministry and/or if you know someone who might appreciate a visit.
Stephen Ministry provides Christian care to those experiencing life’s challenges. Many times people refer to our Stephen Ministers as the ‘’after people’’. They are present after a loved one’s death, after a divorce, after a diagnosis, after your child(ren) leave for college, or after any crisis. This listening ear is 100% confidential. Click here to watch and listen to Stephen Ministry care receivers tell their stories.
Stephen Ministers receive over 50 hours of intensive training in Christian caregiving, participate in monthly supervision groups, and receive ongoing continuing education helpful to the scope of this ministry. Click here to watch and listen to a Stephen Minister.
If you need a Stephen Minister, simply speak with one of our pastors or any Stephen Minister (usually wearing a blue name tag). You may also call the church office and leave a message for one of our pastors.
Pastoral care is always available along the way: Crisis Care, Hospital, Nursing Home, and Home Restricted Visitation. Please call for an appointment.