Visitation Ministry Team
In August of 2021 nine members of the congregation met to organize a Visitation Ministry Team. Our mission was to visit with members and friends of the congregation who were unable to attend worship in person and assist the pastor in sharing communion with those who desired it.
That ministry continues, but now, with a larger team and the help of other volunteers, we are reaching out to the congregation and community in many additional ways. One group faithfully sends notes and cards to those who have special prayer concerns, others who might enjoy a friendly note, and members celebrating birthdays. Volunteers knit and crochet beautiful shawls, praying as they work. After these are blessed in worship, team members place them in the hands of those who will find them a comfort. Need a ride to a doctor’s appointment, the grocery, therapy? Our team matches volunteers with the folks in need of transportation. One Tuesday morning each month volunteers travel to a local long-term care facility to sing hymns with residents. Residents’ smiles and tapping feet show they enjoy hearing the songs of their younger days.
Each year VMT hopes to choose an Educational Focus based on the interests and needs of the community. In 2022 a social worker helped 17 workshop attendees learn more about dealing with dementia and introduced them to area resources. In 2023 the focus will be on helping people discover ways to cope with grief when they lose a loved one.
And then there’s food! Cookies are baked and delivered to folks, young and old, who will enjoy them. A Meal Train is available to provide meals when members have need because of events like illnesses, accidents, or a new baby. Volunteers join to prepare and freeze casseroles which are available to share with individuals and families who might need a hot meal without the worry of preparing it.
Through these ways and others that will surely come, the Visitation Ministry Team works to “Make Jesus Known”.