Congregational Care at First-Centenary
First-Centenary is a church where the well-being of all of our members is of great concern.
Congregational Care is one of the areas where a cadre of volunteers participate in fulfilling the mandate of "bearing one another's burdens and fulfilling the will of Christ..." as referenced in the Bible. It was the church of Galatia that received this specific message that was consistently emphasized by the Apostle Paul to churches everywhere. Caring takes on many forms and listed below are some of the ways in which we serve as a thriving and "Caring Congregation." Listed below are just some of the areas in which our members faithfully serve:*
Prayer Ministry - First-Centenary is a praying congregation and our members share their love for Christ and one another through prayer. Some specific areas of emphasis for saturating our church in prayer are listed below:
Prayer Team - meets weekly, on Mondays in the Parlor. Meeting time: 12.30 p.m. Members are invited to join this faithful group as they pray for confidential requests from prayer cards that have been submitted.
Prayer Chain - Prayer concerns are prayed for, daily, as those persons assigned are contacted by members of the chain. This is an ongoing and vital part of First-Centenary's history.
PRAY-ERs - Prior to worship services, an assigned Lay member is available to pray for all who will be participating in the worship experience.
Upper Room delivery - We remember those who are no longer as active as they once were and deliver Upper Room devotionals upon request. Many of our shutins look foward to these times of contact as a means of staying connected with local church activities and its members. Our volunteers serve as part of the Congregational Care team, as they brighten the day of those they visit.
Hospitals - Along with assigned clergy, many lay persons visit members of the congregation who are hospitalized. With emphasis on patient privacy, some of our visiting team members are certified HIPAA trained lay servants.
Nursing Home / Assisted Living - Persons on our "WE CARE" list receive regular visits from Clergy and our faithful volunteers. As part of the visit, Holy Communion is often blessed and shared with those who are shut-in.
Stephen Ministry — Care Givers receive certified training, including 50 hours in a group setting, for one-to-one care giving. There is a two year commitment.) See Stephen Ministry link for additional information.
* These areas of ministry are open to new and existing members wishing to become more involved.
Senior Adult Ministry - Annual 70 Plus Luncheon and a time of gratitude and reflection
Congregational Care extends to illness, death and caregiving after celebrations of life. Death of a loved one is always difficult. We need comfort and assistance during this time of being emotionally unprepared. Please refer to our Memorial Services and Funerals guidelines. Clergy is always available to counsel with you during your pre-planning efforts. Please contact the church to speak with our Congregational Care Minister, Dr. Linda McDaniel to set an appointment or email [email protected].
GriefShare - We all face seasons of grief at some point in our lives and First-Centenary is here to aid in getting you through the tough times. You can find encouragement and help to support you through the death and loss of a variety of relationships.
Congregational Care office - 423. 756.2021 ext. 3106