Our Care Team members provide a pastoral ministry that extends a helping hand to those in our congregation who are hurting. We reach out by sending cards, writing notes of sympathy and support, prepare meals for those hospitalized or chronically ill, make phone calls to let them know we care and are praying for them, visit those who would like company and a friendly face, and helping with transportation to doctor’s appointments.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact Pastor Tenny Shifley 704-366-1595 ext. 107.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Through extensive training, Christ Lutheran Church equips and empowers our lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. If you’d like to learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Pastor Tenny, or D’Linda Highum.
Home Communion Ministry
When people can’t get to church to receive communion, we bring it to them. We have a team of dedicated Home Communion Ministers who bring the elements (along with some welcome conversation!) to home-bound members, or those going through a long-term illness or incapacity. Those who are visited say how much they appreciate the ministry—both the opportunity to receive Holy Communion and the opportunity to stay connected to the Church. The Home Communion Ministers share how much the feel God’s presence and are often “ministered to” when they visit our home-bound brothers and sisters in Christ. To learn more about this ministry contact Pastor Tenny.
Prayer Blankets are created with love and prayers for those who will receive them. Prayer Blankets are a symbol of our Christ Lutheran community “covering with prayer the individuals who receive them.”
The blankets are created by the Care Team members. The team creates the blankets in an atmosphere of prayer. The blankets are then blessed in our worship services. Those who are to receive the blanket are also held in regular prayer. The creation, blessing, and delivery of these blankets are all bathed in an atmosphere of prayer. These acts transform the blankets into “Prayer Blankets” whose very threads become interwoven with pleas for healing on behalf of the recipient.
It is often found that those who receive the blankets are uplifted by the gift, knowing that the blanket was created and delivered with prayer. The gift represents another wonderful way that people are doing God’s work.
One of our church members tells about the comfort her prayer blankets have brought her: “They have been very comforting and inspirational. When I wrap myself in them I think about the people who made them. They bring a feeling of comfort that I’ve never had before.” —Phyllis Chapman
A Prayer Blanket brings comfort to the suffering and peace to the fearful. When one sees and touches these blankets, they know they are not alone—that they are covered in prayer and there are people who do care about them.
God has used this beautiful ministry not only to touch the lives of countless people who have received the Prayer Blankets while they are going through extremely difficult times in their lives, but the lives of those involved in the Caring Ministry as well. We are blessed to have so many people who give abundantly of their time, talents, and treasures, making Prayer Blankets possible. As a church family, please remember those who have been given a blanket during our prayers at every worship service.
If you are in need of a prayer blanket or know someone who is, please contact Pastor Tenny.