The Deacons’ ministry of Grace Presbyterian takes on many behind-the-scenes programs for our congregation and community. Below are some of the programs under the Deacon umbrella.
Friends as Family Meals – organize, set-up and clean-up (Easter Brunch, Thanksgiving and Christmas Lunches).
Communion Preparation – procuring bread and grape juice, cutting bread, putting on plates/trays, filling communion chalices/cups, setting up communion table, clean-up.
Prime Time Ministry –provide a worship service at area nursing homes twice a month. The service includes hymn singing, Scripture lessons, a meditation, and communion for the residents.
Bereavement Receptions - preparing finger food in advance, set-up, preparing a room for the family, serving, clean-up.
Caring Casseroles - preparing casseroles for anyone in need of a meal.
Meals in Crisis - providing meals during a member emergency.
Visitation of Homebound Members – keeping homebound members connected to the GPC community.
Rides to church functions – providing rides to members who no longer drive and would like to attend GPC functions.
The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the Book of Order describes a Deacon as follows:
“The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion,
witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.” (G-2.020)
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NRSV)