New Covenant takes seriously Christ’s mandate to love, serve, and bear one another’s burdens. Therefore, our Pastoral Care ministries are a lifeline of caring, encouragement, comfort, and support both to our congregation and to our surrounding community. Below are the pastoral care ministry programs offered at New Covenant:
Alzheimer’s Care Giver Support Group
A weekly opportunity for caregivers of persons with all forms of dementia to gather for education, encouragement, and spiritual support. Meetings are Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Men Caregivers Only support group meets first Thursdays of the month, 10:00-11:30 AM.
Angels and Amigos
Volunteers assist on a regular or occasional basis with errands, provide transportation to medical appointments, deliver flowers, provide recordings of church services to those unable to attend, or make a phone call to offer an element of good cheer. These expressions of Samaritan assistance reach out to those homebound, hospitalized, in rehabilitation, or residing in assisted living or nursing homes to keep them connected to the life of the church.
New Covenant provides (2) 13-week series of gatherings on Monday mornings, 10:00-11:30 AM, designed for those who are feeling the after-effects of a loss through death. Encouragement, guidance, and support are provided in ways that can help them to begin again.
Stories, Songs, and Sing-a-longs
JOY! travels to retirement centers, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes to interact with residents and share the joy of God’s love through inspirational stories, humor, and familiar songs.
Two-person teams serve communion to the homebound or persons in medical or long-term facilities on the first Sunday of each month.
Pastoral and lay minister visits are made to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehab centers.
Cancer Education and Support
Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1:30- 3:00 pm
Meetings include time for questions, support and prayer. Informative and inspiring speakers are sometimes part of this support program that is open to the community.
The Prayer Ministry Team gathers weekly on Wednesday at 3:45 pm, inviting anyone so led to join them for prayer. They pray for individuals listed on prayer cards. These request forms are available in the chair pockets in the Worship Center. A weekly list of prayer concerns is published and concerns are followed-up with telephone calls. Prayer requests are good for 30 days after which they need to be updated.
Prayer & Squares
Both a care and outreach ministry, our church is a chapter in this national organization. This ministry combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. Quilts can be requested by anyone for persons suffering from chronic or long-term illness. Quilts are made with love and prayed over during the worship services.
This ministry offers opportunity on the second Thursday morning each month for those who are less active to stay connected socially and spiritually with their church family. The program varies and includes spiritual messages, music, special guest speakers and performers, service projects, games, and craft activities that vary with themes and a chance for our seniors to socialize over a fulfilling lunch. Transportation is arranged through the church for those needing such assistance.
“Christ Caring for People Through People”. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. A Stephen Minister receives 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care. They listen, care, pray, support and encourage.
Our Mission: To serve the church community with education, referral, and support for the health and healing of the body, mind, and spirit.
Health for HIM
Weekly Series Applying God’s Word, Exercises, & Better Nutrition
Weekly Exercise Program Includes:
- Weekly devotion/scripture
- Health for HIM t-shirt
- Beginner or intermediate exercise classes (Beginner class will be done in the chair with limited standing and no floor work; Intermediate class will include standing and floor work)
- $15.00 for beginner or intermediate exercise class (includes t-shirt)
- $15.00 for education classes (includes educational handouts)
- $25.00 for combination of exercise and education classes
Vaccinations provided by VaxCare for:
- Basic flu
- High dose flu
- Shingles (pre-registration required0 Available in the fall months (September – November)
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood pressure monitoring will be availabe at all Congregational Health educational programs
Other Services and Ministries:
- Blood donation drives
- First Aid stations and carts
- Educational programs
- Health-related articles in the Sunday Bulletins