The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
Our membership is divided into “parishes” and a deacon is assigned to each “parish”. Deacons share in offering visitation and support to members.
To find a map of the “parishes”, visit Spencer Hall, or contact the church office for more information at 239.262.1311.
The Deacons stay in contact with their assigned “parishes” and report any ministry concerns to the pastoral staff and the Stephen Ministers.
Deacons serve on at least one of the Deacon Committees:
· Receptions & Events
· Health Fair
· Flower Distribution
· Blood Bank
· Holiday Remembrances
· Friendship Pads
Deacons may be appointed by governing bodies to serve on committees. The session may select and appoint other members of the congregation to assist the deacons in their ministry of compassion.