Lay Eucharist Ministry
The Lay Eucharistic Ministry provides communion for members of our congregation who are unable to attend worship. Following our worship services, Lay Eucharistic Ministers (or LEMs) distribute the elements of bread and wine to the ill or homebound.
Communion is delivered wherever the individual’s reside. This currently includes homes, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. This process maintains a clear and strong connection between members of our congregation who are assembled in worship and those who are unable to be with us at our table of fellowship.
LEM’s participate in a 4-week training program to prepare them to participate in this ministry. Preparation involves study of the liturgy and theology of the sacrament as well as hands on practice and role-playing. Various situational circumstances are also discussed.
To receive Holy Communion or information about joining the Lay Eucharistic Ministry, contact one of the Pastors or Ginny Fink, Coordinator of Lay Eucharistic Ministry.
The purpose of the Good Samaritan Ministry is to respond quickly to members and their extended families in times of need or hardship.
- Attending funerals in support of the bereaved, helping to provide and serve a lunch after the service, and keeping in touch with the newly bereaved
- Providing transportation to church services. Helping with shopping.
- Visiting members in hospitals, nursing homes, or their own homes.
- Contacting those on our prayer list and making appropriate referrals.
- Arranging temporary respite for caregivers; providing “sitters”.
- Keeping in touch with those in the Armed Forces and their families.
Stephens Ministry was introduced in the mid 1980’s to provide a climate of trust and confidentiality when one-on-one contact with a highly trained lay person is needed by anyone trying to cope with threatening situations; i.e., loss of loved ones, loss of job, suicidal tendencies, loneliness or depression, long term or terminal illness, etc. Stephen Ministers receive assignments as care-persons through referrals by the pastors. The pastors and leaders conscientiously strive to match care-giver and care-receiver to promote a positive personal and confidential relationship.