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.
Our GriefShare program begins with an all-new edition of videos and workbooks. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. Videos feature nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by small discussion groups. Past, as well as new participants are welcome to join us.
With GriefShare, you’ll learn how to go through a healthy season of grieving, then begin transitioning to emotional and spiritual wholeness. We call this “your journey from mourning to joy.” You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences! You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss and have the chance to talk about your experiences.
Health for HIM
- Fall Classes with instructor, Debbie Zuccola
- Wednesdays, September 24 through October 29
- Intermediates Exercise: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Educational Health: 12:45–1:30 p.m.
- Beginners Exercise: 1:45–2:30 p.m.
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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.
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.
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.
Join this new ministry making pillowcases for pillows to be distributed to children in need throughout our tri-county area, including homeless and foster children.
- For more information, please call Pat McLaughlin at 386-688-7873 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Shepherd’s Friends and Toby’s Encouragers
Since many people suffer from loneliness, Shepherd’s Friends and Toby’s Encouragers reaches out to the rarely or infrequently visited folks in facilities — and there are many. Shepherd’s Friends is a ministry of individuals, men and women, who serve an hour each week as they visit patients at Promise Hospital, or the residents of assisted living facilities or rehab centers in and around The Villages. Toby’s Encouragers are individuals who visit residents of assisted living facilities and rehab centers in our area as well, but visit the same person weekly or monthly. This facilitates the ability to establish an on-going relationship.
“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.
As Christians we are called to share in the joys and sorrows of others. Sharing the joy is usually a lot easier than sharing the sorrow. We may not know how to comfort someone in pain – either physical or emotional. We may not know what to say when facing another’s grief. Well, the good news is that we don’t have to say anything. We just need to be there. But can we be there for as long as our friend needs us? There is someone who can…that person is a Stephen Minister.
Your Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and not judge, to encourage through their presence and their prayers. If you or someone you know needs a Christian friend to walk with them until they are ready to walk on their own again, then please call the Care office, 750-4529, and ask Pastor Marilyn Anell about this caring ministry of our church.
Our Mission: To serve the church community with education, referral, and support for the health and healing of the body, mind, and spirit.
- Friday, September 26, 9–11 a.m.
- Friday, October 10, 9–11 a.m.
Vaccinations provided by VaxCare for:
- Basic flu
- High dose flu
- Shingles (pre-registration required. Available in the fall months (September – November)
Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Blood pressure monitoring available at all Congregational Health educational programs
Other Services and Ministries:
- Blood donation drives
- First Aid stations and carts
- Educational programs