Health Ministry


Jesus told his disciples to go forth, teaching, preaching, and healing.  We think of healing is the process of integrating the spiritual, physical, psychological, emotional and social aspects of our lives to create a sense of harmony with self, others, the environment, and God. Healing may be experienced in the presence or absence of disease or injury.

 

Our Health Ministry Team is comprised of volunteers from the church who wish to express their faith by sharing their time and talents with others in the congregation. One of the most requested talents is someone who is a “good listener”.

 

The activities of the Health Ministry are always evolving based on the interests and needs identified by the congregation.  Some of the current activities are:

 

Caring Companions - Are members of the congregation who commit to speeding a period of time once a week with a member of the congregation.

 

Health and Wellness Education – Information is shared with the congregation using bulletin boards, announcements before worship, in the newsletter and on the website, with “Second Hour” programs, and guest speaker programs.

 

Faithful Foodies – Volunteers within the congregation provide temporary assistance with our own “Meals on Wheels” type program. When a need arises volunteer cooks are contacted. They respond by providing meals that meet the specified dietary needs of the recipient(s).

 

Prayer Shawl Knitters - Every Thursday from 10 AM to 12 Noon knitters ranging in skills from expert to novice and “want-to-be knitters” gather to create Prayer Shawls.  The knitting group prays for the health and well-being of the future, unknown recipient.

The shawls are distributed by members of the congregation to anyone in need of comfort. So far more than 500 have been created, prayed over, and distributed to individuals across the country, to service men and women, and to friends living abroad. Small white prayer shawls are made to wrap babies being baptized.

 

Resources - Booklet racks in Farnum Hall contain “Care Notes” for adults and “Care Notes for Kids” cover topics such as grief, health care, personal healing, and spirit care.  The “Care Notes” for youth cover the difficult issues that they face. “Prayer Notes” topics assist in developing prayers. “Take One – and take heart.”  “Give One – and give hope.”

A collection of books focusing on health considerations and spiritual support are readily available for you to borrow from the bookcase in Farnum Hall

 

Visitation Trained members visit in homes, hospitals, and other cafe facilities. It takes special training and a level of sensitivity to enter a place where someone lives or is receiving care without having him or her feeling like you are intruding on them.  The identified Visitors receive this training as well as on going support as they engage in this important ministry.

What People are Saying

Our Church is generous with people in need. Our church has great programs for children and youth. — Joe, Over 65
We have had 17 moves. Every time we came back to Newport we were welcomed as though we had never been away. — Debby, Age 79
As part of this congregation, I appreciate our pastor and teacher, Rev. Joe Tripp.... — Mary, Age 59
This church offers friendship, music and the preaching of God's word.
I like that when Sunday School is over we go have something to eat. — Matt, Age 12
I appreciate the strong sense of community that is always inclusive and welcoming. — Elaine, Age 57
I love that everyone is always welcoming and always listens. — Mia, Age 18
Our church is very special. While we are a community of worshipers, we are also a community of friends and family. Anyone is welcome to join our family and that is a beautiful thing. — Noah, Age 16
I have been a part of this church as a child and now as an adult. It's has always been a fun, welcoming, and very special place at each stage of my life. — Laura, Age 34
I like how everybody at church knows everyone and everybody is friendly even to those they don't know, no matter what. — Mackenzie, Age 15
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +