The ministry of a deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service. They model and express the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed or anyone in distress. Deacons visit those in the hospital and those that are homebound. They minister to the needs of the congregation, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and supporting those in times of trial and sorrow.
Below are examples of the many ways the Diaconate, who are elected by members of the Congregation, provide at a vital ministry at Calvary:
- Visitation to assigned VIP’s (Very Important Presbyterians*)
- Remember VIP’s on their birthdays.
- Serve communion to our VIP’s
* VIP’s are members who are homebound or otherwise in need of a personal visits and companionship.
- Serve on committees to maintain active involvement in the community and follow through on the church mission.
- Provide preparation and clean-up for all communion services.
- Serve as Deacon of the Week, approximately three times a year with the responsibility for making hospital visits, sending flowers and cards, and making phone calls.
- Provide letters for Sympathy, Get Well, Thinking of You, or Congratulations each Sunday morning in the Chalice Room for members of the Congregation to sign.
- Make donations from Deacon’s fund to support identified needs within our local community.
- Support the mission of the church, such as providing funds to pay for shipping little dresses to Africa.
- Coordinate the use of medical equipment for those in need.
- Remember our Veterans at Christmas time.
- Offer support for families in need.
- Designate a corresponding secretary who sends out numerous cards on special occasions.
- Send sympathy peace lilies to families in times of sorrow.