Celebrating Joys and Bearing Sorrows TogetherThe concept of having a lay-led team of people to offer a ministry of caring to the body of the church is both Biblical and practical. Galatians 6:2 calls us to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” and healthy congregations seek to offer a network of caring that allows the congregation to celebrate life’s joys together and bear each other’s sorrows. To this end, the Care Ministries of Shady Grove coordinates the efforts of the capable people in our congregation who offer the following:
We provide support (meal or ride and sometimes brief elder care or childcare when required) for those experiencing a crisis, those who are disabled, or who are in transition. Referrals are made to the pastors for visitation of the sick, homebound and grieving.
We offer cards, notes, and phone calls—and sometimes visits and flowers—to remind members and friends, who may be sick, homebound or grieving, that their church family cares and is praying for them.
We respond to verbal requests, emailed requests, and requests from Worship Response Cards in the pew racks with the power of corporate prayer using the prayer chain and intercessory prayer.
Following the death of a loved one, we offer food for memorial receptions and we reach out to provide support during the months after the cards have stopped coming. Click here for a suggested reception menu.
We celebrate with families welcoming children to the home and celebrating baptism by taking them a cradle cross and a meal.