Congregational Care Ministries Info

 
There is a variety of ways you can serve through the Congregational Care Ministries at St. James. It’s also helpful for you to know what ministries exist for those times when you need them yourself.

 

Cards

Both our Barnabas and Sonshine teams write and mail cards to our members for various occasions. The Sonhsine group meets once a month to write and send cards to our home bound members. Barnabas Society also meets once a month to send cards to confirmation students, graduates, persons grieving a death, and more.  

Caregiver Ministries

Our Caregiver Support Group meets every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the church library. We welcome everyone who wants to come (you do not need to be a church member) whenever you can come. We also offer workshops designed to provide helpful information for those providing care to loved ones, especially elderly parents.  

Grief Care

  • Twice a year we offer a video-based grief support program called Grief Share for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. This is an open group so new people can enter the group at any time during the 13-week session. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend.  
  • We offer two special GriefShare sessions during the year as well. In November we offer “Surviving the Holidays,” which focuses on dealing with grief during the holiday season. In August we offer “Loss of a Spouse,” which is designed specifically for those grieving the death of a husband or wife.
  • During the first year following a death of a close family member, we send out a series of four booklets that provide helpful information regarding the grief process. We like to hand deliver the first booklet and can always use help with making these deliveries.  

Handyman Ministry

This ministry provides help with simple handyman situation including certain kinds of repairs and changing light bulbs and air filters for those who no longer have the ability to do them on their own.  

Meals

When a family is going through a crisis or challenge, they do not always have the time or energy to cook. We use an online service called Meal Train to sign up volunteers to fix or purchase meals and then deliver them.   Our condolence team also provides meals for families after the death of one of our church members.  

Signs of Prayer and Support

  • Our prayer shawl ministry team knits and crochets shawls and lap blankets that are given to persons going through difficult situations. Special blankets are also created for premature and stillborn infants. We also use make wedding shawls to celebrate marriages. Anyone can request a prayer shawl for a loved one by contacting one of the clergy or a member of the prayer shawl team.  
  • For those who have received a prayer shawl in the past but whom we want to remind of our love and prayers we give small prayer squares that they can carry with them wherever they go. We also use these for special situations such as becoming a new “big brother” or “big sister.”  
  • Our In Stitches quilting group provides quilts for babies born into our congregation.  
  • For couples who experience loss through a miscarriage, we provide a comfort cross along with a prayer shawl.  

Transportation and Errands Ministry

For persons unable to drive, we can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments, hair stylist, grocery store, etc. We can also pick up items (not prescription drugs) and deliver them to the house.  

Visiting Ministries

  • We match up each home bound member with a visitor who will make at least one visit a month and then phone one other time during the month to check in. Visitors then report back to the Congregational Care Ministry Team.  
  • We also visit members in the hospital. Clergy are available to meet and pray with persons before surgery.  
 
If you would like to serve in any of these ministries or if you are in need of any of these ministries yourself, please contact Rev. Joyce Day, Pastor of Congregational Care at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252)752-6154