What if you never could come to church again? What would you miss? Worship services, Sunday school, fellowship with friends, the music, Bible study, Mom to Mom groups, Methodist Men, the Turkey Dinner, Women in Mission, anything else?
We think that this could only happen in another country under an oppressive regime or in times of natural disaster, but it occurs every day right around CUMC. Those who are home-bound because of health or who live in nursing homes or assisted living homes are cut off from the church at a time in their lives when they are most in need.
Volunteers in The Church by Special Delivery/Home-bound Ministry of CUMC have attempted, since 2002, to bring the church to those who no longer visit the church. This has been done through one-on-one visits to assisted living/nursing homes, weekly worship services including monthly communion, sing-a-longs, parties, Bible study, prayer groups, arts and crafts, entertainment, delivery of flowers, and much more.
There is an opportunity for every person and every group in the church to be a part of this ministry. What is your favorite part of coming to church? Could you or your Sunday school class bring that activity to someone who can no longer come to church or perhaps present a worship service? Ask the Forum class, the PACE class, or the Footloose class how they do it or come visit a service to see what is involved. Think of what your gifts are and how others could enjoy them.
Remember the song that begins, “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together?” CUMC has identified four areas of emphasis for us as a church: to bring others to Christ, to care for one another, to care for our community, and to grow in our spiritual journey. You can do all of these in the Nursing Home / Home-bound Ministry: you are needed.
For more information, call Kay McGowan at 972.596.7186 or visit the Church by Special Delivery page.
Our Steering Committee meets twice a year to plan for the upcoming activities and to discuss our ongoing needs. Thank you to the members of our committee who graciously give their time for this important ministry:
- Susie Boley
- Margot Dillon
- Jerry Eshbaugh
- Harry Kepner
- Gloria Lau
- Cathlin Lautner
- Kay McGowan
- Anita Olson
- Evelyn Rightmire
- Jo Ann Snyder
- Marylin Smith (Staff)