This new ministry launched at FRC in May involves 7 different care ministry teams. To learn more about each of the care ministry teams and also how to become involved with one of the teams, click here.
Prayers & Squares
The idea behind "Prayers & Squares" quilts is simple, yet powerful. A heavy thread is used to take stiches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is offered for someone in special need, someone who has asked us to pray for them. The quilt is then given to that person.
To request a quilt for someone, just obtain and fill out the "Prayers & Squares Quilt Request" form available in FRC's prayer room.. The prayer room is located on the east side of FRC's fellowship hall and is also where the prayer quilts are displayed to be tied.
"Prayers & Squares" meets on Thursday's at 1:00 pm in the church kitchenette. All of those interested in being a part of this ministry are welcome. Contact Lyle Kroon with any questions.
"It's not about the quilts, it's all about the prayers"
What are they? Frozen casseroles that are available for any member to take and deliver to a friend, neighbor, church member, or anyone whom you want to comfort, celebrate, or give a lift. Where do you find these meals? They are located in the church kitchen freezer. When do they make these meals? The meals are made once a month right here at FRC. If you would like to be involved with the cooking of the meals, contact Cindi Klein. Pray. Look for a way to reach out and "nurture" someone today.
You Don't Have to Face Your Crisis Alone
God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. That's why God has brought us together as a congregation - and why we have Stephen Ministry.
Persons in crisis come readily to mind as possible care receivers for Stephen Ministers. These people may be dealing with:
a terminal illness
death of a loved one
Follow Up Care
People commonly need a follow-up care in recovering from a major life crisis. Recovery will often include a number of additional flare-ups, like an aftershock following an earthquake. Failing to deal with these subsequent crises can leave the person even more broken to trying to cope in unhealthy and unhappy way.
Chronic care is for long-term problem; chronic illness or suffering can be like a crisis that never ends. Chronic suffers have to learn to live with a major problems that can detract significantly from the quality of life. Persons in need of chronic care include:
nursing home residents
experiencing chronic pain
Preventative care helps people anticipate and prepare for potentially difficult upcoming events. It is based on the belief that the negative impact of crises can be lessened or even averted by talking through feelings and clarifying expectations prior to an anticipated event. Preventative care can be helpful in situations as these:
A woman is expecting her first child
An executive is approaching his or her retirement
A young man is getting married in two months
A recent graduate is going off to college
A person has just received a promotion
Supportive care is caring for the caregiver. A Stephen Minister can provide vital support to anyone facing the challenge of caring for a loved one who is going through a life crisis or transition. People who need supportive care include:
A man caring for his dying wife
A woman considering placing her elderly parent in a long-term care facility
Parent of a special-needs child
Son or daughter supporting a parent through the death and funeral of the other parent
Parent supporting an adult child through the pain of divorce
One of First Reformed Church's trained, caring Stephen Ministers will listen and walk alongside you as you deal with life's challenges.
Contact Pastor Steve to see if Stephen Ministry is the answer for you.