Care Ministry

Funeral Meal Ministry

If families desire, a meal can be prepared and served at the church following a funeral or memorial service.  To be involved in this ministry servants can prepare food at home and bring it to the church, shop for food, prepare food at the church, set up or clean up from the meal, or help to serve the meal.

The Spiritual Gifts of Helps, Mercy, and Hospitality are used in this ministry.

Meals for New Moms

Servants volunteer to make meals for families with new babies.  The meals are made in the servant's home and then delivered by the servant to the new family.  Servants commit to making a meal according to their availability.

Meal Ministry

The purpose of this care ministry is to share God's love and care by helping with meals when a family has a need.  Those who offer to make meals can participate in making meals in their own home as they are available.  The meal ministry servants are divided into teams. Each team has a leader who calls upon his/her team to make 2-3 meals as needed.

Congregational Care Team

Congregational Care Team is a ministry of support to members and their families experiencing a crisis or difficulty in their lives involving illness, hospitalization, grief and life transitions.  Training is required to equip the team for this ministry.  This ministry is guided by the Pastor of Congregational Care.  Contact Pastor Kathryn for next available training classes.

The Congregational Teams are:

  • Gifted Christians - They have been given the Spiritual gifts of healing, hospitality, mercy, miracles or pastor/shepherd.
  • Committed Christians - They have answered a call by God to reach out to others with compassion and love.
  • Equipped Christians - They have been equipped through intensive training for this ministry.
  • Holy Listeners - They are disciplined in listening to peoples' stories and to the feelings that accompany.  The Congregational Care Team Member is not responsibile for resolution of the 'problem.'  This 'holy listening' may lead to a referral by the caring listener to an ordained pastor or a couseling service.
  • Fellow Travelers - They 'walk alongside' others in difficult or stressful life situations.
  • Ambassadors - They present Jesus Christ to people and represent the care of the Bethany congregation for its members, friends and community.

Transportation Ministry

Servants provide rides to doctor appointments and help with errands for church members and friends who cannot drive themselves.

Prayer Chain E-mail / Telephone Ministry

People who believe in the power of prayer are encouraged to participate via e-mail or telephone.  Immediacy and confidentiality are paramount in this ministry.

Parish Nursing

This is a team of medical professionals who offer blood pressure screenings, blood donation drives, emergency care for incidents that occur during worship, and bring health issues before our congregation for education and growth.

Encouragement Card Ministry

This team gathers together once a month to make cards and write encouraging scripture based notes to members and friends of the congregation.

Bethany PURLS Prayer Shawl Ministry

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

The Bethany Purls invite you to join us on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside room of the Parsonage. We would be happy to teach those who do not know how to knit or crochet. All you need to do is bring knitting needles (size 13 or 15, the larger the better to learn) or a crochet hook and some yarn.

The Purls have given out more than 200 shawls or lap robes to date and have received many blessings in return. Won’t you please join in on these blessings?

If you can’t make our meetings we would be more than happy if you can work on your items at home and send them into us. Besides prayer shawls and lap robes we also make baby blankets for infant baptism or dedication, cancer caps, baby hats for the little ones in the NICU and more.

What is a Prayer Shawl?

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient.

Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more you can contact Donna Long or Denise Morth.