FBC Lay Ministry of Caregivers

FBC Lay Ministry of Caregivers

Coordinators: Sherlane Hill and Judy Felder

Members: Cheryle Belo, Jo Ann Brown, Shirley Davis, Wyrine Dorris, Judy Felder, Sherlane Hill, William Holloway, Lillie Mickle, Linda Oxley, Linda Poindexter, Isadora Springs, Carmen Wigfall

Vision:

Building God’s Community, one disciple at a time.

Wisdom Statement:

  • We comfort best when we identify with them.
  • We comfort best when we affirm the presence of God.
  • We comfort best by remembering that God is both able and willing to restore.
  • We comfort best by acknowledging that there is always hope for good to come in the future.

History

On Sunday, March 31, 1996, seventeen members of First Baptist Church were commissioned as lay caregivers after completing a six-session training class. In July of that year, the caregivers established a mission statement to “visit, comfort, and minister to the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being of the sick and shut-in.”

Services and Activities

Caregivers provide sick and shut-in members with support through visitations, phone calls, cards, gifts for birthdays, Valentine’s Day baskets, other remembrances, scriptures, and prayers. The Caregivers Ministry gives special recognitions to members who are 90-plus years old.  The ministry also supports the First Baptist food pantry, Senior Services’ Meals-on- Wheels Program, Operation InAsMuch, Louise Smith Summer Adventure Camp, “Give A Kid A Coat” Campaign, and winter gloves for homeless men.

Meeting Times and Membership

The Caregivers meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. (except July and August).  Membership is open to any interested member of First Baptist Church. Contact a coordinator or member to express interest in either joining or attending a Caregivers meeting.

“…I was sick and you visited me…”
Matthew 25:26