Hands in Ministry

 

Our Mission

Responding to the call of Christ to take the Good News of God’s love to people in every circumstance of life, HIM is a program that gives compassionate and loving lay volunteers the opportunity to serve in the pastoral role of caregiving by offering a ministry of presence to those in need.

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Needs and prayer concerns are forwarded to the church office via prayer request cards, pew pads, personal contact with the Pastors and/or communication with the church office.
  • Step 2: Once the Pastors are aware of a situation or celebration, it is shared with the Director of Congregational Engagement, and she in turn contacts the leaders of the various projects and teams depending on the situation.
  • Step 3: The team leaders assign a caregiver to address the need and/or offer the support  and well wishes of the congregation.
  • Step 4: Feedback is shared with the team leaders and Pastors.  If additional caregiving is required, strategies are developed in consultation with the Pastors.

 

Some of the activities which come under the HIM umbrella are:
Adopt-a-Grad/Military
College students / military members benefit from our volunteers who take the time to contact
them by e-mail, with cards, notes of encouragement, and sometimes a special surprise!
receive contact or volunteer to reach out to our college bound members!
Altar Flower Team
Volunteers deliver altar flowers to Calvary members who had been hospitalized and
returned home.
Caring Cupboard Team
Volunteers prepare and delivere meals to persons or families who had been hospitalized,
had outpatient surgery, had a death in the family, or were blessed with the birth of a new child.
Card Ministry Team
Volunteers send cards to hospitalized members, to individuals who had completed
prayer request cards, sympathy cards to those who've lost a loved one, and
care notes on the first anniversary of the loss of a loved one.
Communion Stewards
Trained individuals share communion four times per year with our homebound
and nursing home members
Health Ministries
Responsible for keeping our first aid kits stocked and AED devices in good
order. Health Ministries also sponsors various health related events on occasion
such as first aid or CPR training, blood pressure screenings, etc.
Homebound / Nursing Home Visitors
Visit individuals at their home location throughout the coming year
Hospital Team
25 volunteers made 9 hospital visits and 91 post-hospitalization visits during a year.
Prayer Team
We have members on our prayer chain notified via both telephone and email
with all prayer requests received by the church.
Transportation Team
Volunteers respond to requests for transportation to doctor's appointments, treatments
or therapy and outpatient care.
Visitation Team 
Regularly visit our members who are homebound or in care facilities.
CAN YOU PUT YOUR HANDS IN MINISTRY?
 We are always looking for more volunteers for these and other forms of ministry.  Please contact Kristi Ondo, Director of Congregational Engagement, to share your gifts at engage@calvaryunitedmethodist.org or 717-545-0021.