Hurricane Preparedness

Do you have a plan if disaster strikes? Below is a link that will provide you with Collier County's All Hazzards Guide. Here you will find information on planning and preparing for a disaster in Collier County.  Please make sure you have completed and EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM and submitted to the church office.

ALL HAZZARDS GUIDE

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry LogoWHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?

It is a ministry named after St. Stephen, who was the first to be commissioned by the apostles to care for the needs of the early church. 

  • It is an ecumenical worldwide ministry of more than 10,000 congregations.
  • It is a one-on-one Christian ministry by trained, caring, and commissioned laity of the church.
  • It is a specific response to Christ’s greatest commandment, “...love one another as I have loved you.”
  • It is a private, distinctively Christian  one-on-one ministry relationship focusing on the unique needs of each person for
    in-depth care.
  Stephen Ministers Provide Christian Outreach Care for Many Difficult Life Issues
 
· Experiencing the stresses of life
· Hospitalization
· Chronic or Terminal illness
· Employment loss or financial crisis
· Life transitions
· Marital separation or divorce
· New babies
· Depression
· Death of a loved one
· New to our Church
· Struggling with their faith in God
Board of Deacons

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.
 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Mary BurnsThe shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.  Upon completion, a final blessing is offered:


"We call forth blessings from above in the name of God, Creator, Giver of Life and Holder of TIme.  In the name of Jesus, Savior, Comforter, Consoler and Sustainer of Life.  May this shawl be a mantle of caring, of protection, of wholeness, of strength, of healing and patience.  May this shawl enfold, encircle and empower. Amen"

This group operates under the direction of the Presbyterian Women and meets weekly (with the exception of the summer months) and you don't have to be there each week.  Join them when you can.  Prayer shawl patterns are available. 

Visitation Care Ministry

caring-handsThis ministry is a small group of people willing to provide support and nurture for people incapacitated at home or in a care facility.  This is a wonderful ministry that shares their discipleship by visiting, calling and/or sending cards of encouragement to those unable to attend church.

Please call the church office at 239.262.1311 for contact information.