"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill
the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
There are times in everyone's life in which a particularly painful or difficult situation arises. Sharing God's love in tangible, loving ways is just one of the ways we witness to our faith and our love for others. Listed below are some of the ways we reach out to others.
The pastoral staff is always available for counseling and care when people are dealing with important problems or concerns. From hospital visitation, to life crisis matters such as unemployment or family issues, to concerns of a spiritual nature, our pastoral staff desires to offer care and support to you. To speak to one of our pastors, contact the church office at 908-658-3346.
Deacons are elected and ordained by the congregation to a ministry of nurture and care for congregational members. Deacons offer care to the congregation by providing visitation, arranging transportation, organizing meals, and providing health screening, to mention a few.
When needs arise ranging from job-related stresses to the death of a family member, the Stephen Ministry is available for those who ask for someone to come alongside them during the difficult times. This is a highly confidential ministry. Stephen Ministers are trained lay members of the congregation who meet with people in need on a weekly basis. Stephen Ministers offer Christian love and support as they listen, provide resource and referrals, and pray with and for the person as they deal with the difficulties which face them.
Serving as a Stephen Minister is a wonderful and rewarding way to serve Christ by sharing his love and compassion with others in need. Extensive training is provided as part of your involvement. If you would like to find out more, speak with one of our Stephen Leaders: Phyllis Kumpf, Susan Anastario, Rae Watson, Kathy Savo, Nancy Adams and Judy Dekker. You many contact our coordinator, Susan Anastario at (908) 658-4526.
Congregational Nursing is a ministry designed to assist members and friends of the congregation with health information related to post surgery, home care and other aspects of health care. Each congregational nurse is a currently licensed nurse who may assist people with questions and help resource families as they encounter physical challenges in their life. Contact the church office at 908-658-3346 if you know of someone with a need or have one yourself
Friendly Visitors provide companionship and care to shut-ins or otherwise home bound people. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in visiting to offer their gifts to someone in need. No special experience or training is required, just a heart for others and the desire to make the world a better place for someone else. Contact the church office 908-658-3346 if you wish to volunteer or know of a need for a friendly visitor.