Local ministry is important to our congregation, and we are always looking for ways to grow wider in the service of our neighbors.
Ordained to a ministry of "compassion, witness, and service to those in need or distress," our Deacons lead us in a variety of person-to-person ministries in our congregation and around our borough:
Shepherding: Deacons are assigned members of the congregation and wider community who are homebound or facing long-term trials, befriending them and serving their household in practical ways.
Meals: Delicious frozen meals--prepared by the volunteers of our Meals Ministry--are delivered by deacons and pastors to those who are ill, recovering from surgery, or in a time of distress. Meals prepared by church members are scheduled and delivered to persons dealing with long-term illness.
Home Communion: On Sunday afternoons when communion has been shared in our morning worship service, deacons and pastors extend the Lord's table to those unable to worship with us in the sanctuary. Home communion is taken to homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
Church Chums: On the last Sunday of each month, we lead worship with a group of residents of Shenango SeniorCare--across the street from our sanctuary.
Rides: Rides are offered to those who need transportation to doctor's appointments, physical therapy, grocery stores, etc.
Cards: Cards and prayers are sent to those with joys or concerns.
Bulletin Rounds: Every Thursday and Friday, bulletins are delivered to homebound persons in preparation for listening to our worship service on the radio or internet.
An arm of our Sesssion's leadership of the entire congregation, the Mission Committee charged with making, securing, and funding ongoing mission partnerships both here in our neighborhood and around the world:
Habitat for Humanity: Our church is a long-time supporter of the Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In 2006, our congregation erected a Habitat house on its own; in 2011 we shared with several other area congregations in a joint "Faith Build" house. Join us in the current Family of Faith Build.
Dominican Republic Partnership: Since 1995, our congregation has shared with other Presbyterian churches in an ongoing mission partnership with a congregation on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Each spring, we send a group of 30 adults and youth to the island to share with our Dominican friends in medical, educational, outreach, and worship ministries. Check out the partnership blog.
City Rescue Mission: Through a variety of activities, we stay connected to the mission and ministry of New Castle's City Rescue Mission. Collecting food for them here at our church, serving lunch with them at the Mission, hosting an annual Mardi Gras banquet in our Social Hall--we are inspired by the long-standing work of the Mission in our wider community.
The committee also serves as a steward for nearly 20 other mission support avenues, both at home and abroad.
We believe local minsitry should flex and flow as the Holy Spirit brings to our attention those needs and concerns that are around us. As such, we want to stay open to new forms of service in our congregaiton and community.
Nautilus: a ministry of card-writing for persons dealing with grief and loss. Women gather the first Wednesday of each month to share joys and concerns, and to send cards.