On the Jones Plaza this Sunday, October 11, will be living evidence that the Congregational Care Ministries at St. Paul’s are active and growing — more than 40 volunteers serving on 11 teams.Congregational Care’s overall objective is to minister to the needs of St. Paul’s Church members and their families.
The Visitation teams include those who visit members who live in their homes (and are no longer able to come to church or who need some occasional assistance) and those who live in senior communities. They also visit members and family in hospitals in addition to the visits made by St. Paul’s clergy.
An active Call team works closely with the visitation teams. They keep in touch with members who have been released from the hospital as well as others who are at home or in senior communities and who may benefit from a call. Any need for further assistance or a visit from a clergy member is passed along to the appropriate team leader and to Rev. Bill Gandin. They also call new members to welcome them to St. Paul’s.
In the area of Bereavement Support, a team sends cards at specific intervals to members who have lost loved ones. A seminar to provide support in this area in the next year is also being considered.
The Divorce Recovery team has begun planning a seminar to be held in the first half of next year for children and their parents who are going through this transition.
The other area that is in the process of development is support for cancer patients beyond the support provided by the visitation and call teams.
Other important and active teams include the Prayer Quilt, Intercessory Prayer, and the Meal Service Hospitality Ministries.
A coordination and communication team strives to ensure that needs are being communicated among teams and to the appropriate volunteers.
For more information about serving on any of these teams, or if you know of someone in our church community who we can support with one of the Congregational Care teams, please let us know by stopping by the table on the Plaza or via any of these contact points:
- Rev. Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Megan Davenport, Assistant for Congregational Care and the Foundation: email@example.com
- Richard Spaw, Congregational Care Lay Team Leader: 713-622-9845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In additon to her missional responsibilities, Rev. Eleanor Colvin, email@example.com, coordinates the care team’s intercessory prayer ministry.
Each staff person also can be reached via 713-528-0527.