The Pastoral Care Ministry meets at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday evening of each month. Volunteers and officers who serve on this ministry seek to provide and promote spiritual, emotional and tangible physical support to individuals and families throughout their lives in the church. Members of the ministry coordinate different areas of responsibility including accessibility; support groups (grief, cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc.); visitation to at-home members and those in the hospital; transportation and welcoming newborns.
If you’re interested in serving on this ministry, please indicate your interest under “Pastoral Care Ministry” on your Time & Talents Covenant.
This team explores ways to make our church more available to anyone who may have needs for special accessibility services. Responsibilities include checking the building for accessibility concerns and meeting with families or individuals to devise a plan for addressing special needs for involvement in worship, education, fellowship and service. This team also works to identify our strengths and weaknesses in regard to including persons with disabilities. Please select P00 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Friends to Persons with Disabilities
Volunteers offer to help children or adults with disabilities attend worship or other church activities. Volunteers will be offered training by the church’s Accessibility Team to work with specific individuals. We are especially interested in person with experience in ASL or living with differing abilities. Please select P01 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
rEcess – Respite for Parents of Kids with Special Needs
rEcess is a parent’s night out program that churches around the country offer to families experiencing disability in their community. Volunteers play with children in a planned curriculum to provide about three hours of free time to parents, or cook food and provide dinner for other volunteers (one hour). Training is provided, and the only requirement is that you
like kids, agree to the church child protection policy, and want to have fun. rEcess events occur about once every two months, and volunteers are not committed to attend each event. Please select P02 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Faith & Grief Luncheon Team Member
Members of this team will plan and host luncheons once a month for those hurting over the loss of a loved one to share and heal together. The team will meet quarterly, as well as attending the luncheons when available. Please select P03 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Faith and Grief Speaker
This is an opportunity that most find deeply healing. Individuals are needed each month to share a 5-7 minute talk about their own experience walking through grief. A template and writing prompts are available as well as guidance from a minister. Please select P04 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Volunteers support church members and families of members living with cancer by sending cards of encouragement to remind them of God’s constant and watchful care. This is an excellent ministry for those constrained by time and mobility issues. Please select P05 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Volunteers send birthday and special occasion cards on a regular basis to members of the congregation who are over 80 years of age or confined to their homes due to health concerns. This is an excellent ministry for those constrained by time and mobility issues. Please select P06 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Make Greeting Cards
Volunteers gather once a month to make greeting cards with other church members to ensure adequate cards are available for Sunday morning. The group meets from 2:00-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Card-making materials are provided. Please select P07 on your Time and Talents Covenant.
Friends at Home Visitation Team
Volunteers maintain contact with twice a month visits with each person who, because of age or health concerns, cannot take part in worship or fellowship at the church. Volunteers are offered training. Please select P08 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Serve Communion to Those in Hospital or Homes
Active or inactive elders or deacons are needed to help celebrate Communion with those who cannot receive communion during regular worship services. Visits to members’ homes and nursing homes are made with a minister between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Please select P09 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Hospital Visitation Team
Volunteers visit hospitalized members and other persons related to the church once or twice a month in local hospitals. Volunteers choose a specific day of the month and a specific hospital for their visit. Visitors are encouraged to keep church staff advised of the status and special needs, if any, of these hospitalized members after each scheduled visit. Volunteers are sent a calendar each month as a reminder of their visitation day(s). Volunteers are offered training. Please select P10 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
House Sit During Memorial Services
Volunteers are needed to stay at a church member’s home during funeral, memorial and interment services to provide a safe presence in the home and receive gifts of food or other remembrances of care for the family. Volunteers are contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select P11 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
In Harm’s Way Team
Volunteers provide support for military men and women and their families by sending cards, letters and care packages. They also maintain contact with family members to receive updates on service and keep the church aware of those serving in the military. The team meets as needed. Please select P12 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Monday Pastoral Support Team
Volunteers provide supportive care at times of hospitalization, convalescence, bereavement and other family crises. Volunteers meet weekly with the Associate Pastor for Congregational Nurture for about 45 minutes at 1:15 p.m. each Monday afternoon to help maintain immediate responses such as food, cards, notes and visits. Members of this team distribute flowers and other appropriate gifts at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and work with Presbyterian Women and others to provide receptions and meals following memorial services. Please select P13 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Prayer Knots Team
Volunteers provide confidential intercessory prayer when requested by the church, its members or others. Volunteers are contacted by other team members to pass on the prayer requests. This is an excellent opportunity for those constrained by time or mobility to offer their gift of prayer on behalf of others. Please select P14 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Volunteers knit or crochet prayer shawls for members living with cancer, Friends at Home (home-confined members) and others in need of a reminder of the embracing love of God. Volunteers are requested to attend prayer shawl dedication services, which take place several times during the year. Please select P15 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Prepare Food for the Pastoral Care Freezer
Volunteers are asked to prepare casseroles, soups, breads or desserts to be placed in the Pastoral Care freezer to be used by the Pastoral Care Ministry for people who are ill or in bereavement. Please select P16 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Record Baptisms During Worship
Volunteers are needed to record baptisms during worship services on Sunday morning. Volunteers will be offered training on church provided equipment and will be contacted in advance for availability. Please select P18 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Volunteers contact new parents soon after birth or adoption and deliver gifts, including, a parenting booklet, a bib and a blanket to welcome the child. The group also sends quarterly publications to the parents for three years following the birth or adoption and plans informal gatherings for new and expectant parents where pastors and staff share information about worship, educational and fellowship opportunities available at Second. Please select P19 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
There are five different opportunities to help provide transportation as outlined below. Please select T00 to T04 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Volunteers are needed to drive a church vehicle several Sundays a year for 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship. Bus drivers leave the church parking lot at 10:00 a.m., pick up passengers and return to the church by 10:45 a.m. Bus drivers return passengers to their homes after the service and return the bus to the church parking lot around 12:45 p.m. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and be 26-64 years of age. Please select T00 on your Time and Talents Covenant.
Ride on the Elderly-friendly bus beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and assist bus driver in safely getting all riders on and off the bus. After the 11:00 a.m. worship service, assist bus driver in safely getting all riders on and off the bus, returning to the church by 12:45 p.m. Please select T01 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Sunday Transportation in Your Vehicle
Volunteers can bring non-driving church members to Sunday morning worship in their own personal vehicle. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select T02 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Church Event Transportation
Volunteers can bring non-driving church members to special worship services and other church events such as float trips, dinners out or fellowship events. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select T03 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Transportation for Personal Appointments
Volunteers can take non-driving church members to appointments such as a visit to the doctor. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select T04 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Stephen Ministers express God’s care through their lives and to others through one-on-one Christian care-giving. Volunteers receive 60 hours of training in important caring ministry skills and concepts. These volunteers visit a person in need to offer Christian support and care as often as once a week. Stephen Ministers also participate in regular support, education and supervision sessions on the first and third Monday nights of each month. Stephen Ministers are committed to serve for at least two years. Please select SM1 on your Time & Talents Covenant.
Volunteers are required to complete a week-long Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course. Stephen Leaders direct the Stephen Ministry of our congregation by recruiting, teaching, supporting and supervising Stephen Ministers. Stephen Leaders meet for two hours each month as well as attend first and third Monday evening supervision and educational sessions with the Stephen Ministers. Please select SM2 on your Time & Talents Covenant.