At Wellshire Presbyterian Church, it is the congregation that ultimately cares for one another. To say that we are a congregation that cares is to make a statement about the way we treat one another during mundane and extraordinary moments in our lives.
While we have numerous formal ministries of care, there are many informal groups that celebrate and lament the experiences they share with one another. Please take a moment to learn about:
- Our theology of care
- Wellshire’s caring ministries (Care Center, Stephen Ministers, Prayer Chain, and more).
Theology of Care
All pastoral and congregational care begins with an understanding of theology that frames our worldview.
For Wellshire Presbyterian Church, our congregational care programs begin with what is known as the “love ethic.” Preached by Jesus, the “love ethic” is a reminder for us to love God, love our neighbor and love ourselves.
One of the most important ways we try to live out the love ethic is by remembering those who are a part of our community. By remembering people, we offer a lifeline to our community of faith. To remember a person, their life and stories, is one of the most powerful ways we can help people feel connected to one another and to God.
The celebration of significant moments
A second way we live out our theology of care and love is to celebrate with our members the significant moments of their lives. This means:
- We celebrate the births of their children.
- We anticipate their baptism and confirmation.
- We look forward to their graduations and the many new steps they take in life from college, to jobs, marriage and so forth.
Even our memorial services reveal a celebration of a life well-lived in faithfulness to God and one another.
Support during times of struggle
We also acknowledge that life does not always adhere to our carefully laid plans. Therefore, we have set ourselves up to remember people in moments of struggle and strife. In these significant experiences, we offer support and a caring hand for the journey that lies before those who are grieving, in pain or feeling lost in the world.
We offer this believing that God is always with us, hoping to provide a small glimpse of God’s ever present love in all facets of life.
Wellshire’s Caring Ministries
Wellshire Care Center
The Wellshire Care Center provides a vital point of contact for many of the members of Wellshire. From phone calls to cards, bulletins to worship CDs, the Wellshire Care Center is a central component to our caring ministries.
If there are significant milestones that the church can help celebrate or lament, please contact us at (303) 756-5812 or email@example.com.
The deacons at Wellshire provide a variety of caring ministries for the Wellshire faith community. We deliver flowers and communion to those who are homebound. Through the Deacon Friends ministry, the deacons find ways of supporting various families in the church.
Donating Chancel flowers is a unique way to honor or remember a loved one, beautify the Traditional Worship service and give someone a pick-me-up!
Flowers are requested to grace the Chancel in the Sanctuary each Sunday; special recognition is given to the person to whom they are dedicated in the Order of Worship. After the service, the bouquet is divided and delivered by Deacons to cheer members who are homebound or in the hospital.
Each bouquet is $75.00. Please contact Beth Hamstra, Hospitality Coordinator, to recognize the life or celebrate the accomplishments of a loved one with this Wellshire tradition!
Stephen Ministers work with the pastoral staff to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Stephen Ministers are trained to journey with people who are going through difficult circumstances in their lives, and provide spiritual and emotional support. For more information, click here or email Stephen Ministry.
The prayer chain is a ministry of care provided confidentially to those who request it. Prayer requests will be shared with the pastoral staff and a group of congregation members dedicated to praying for those in need. To be added to or become a member of the prayer chain, email the Prayer Chain.
The Wellshire Knitters meet to share in fellowship with one another and knit prayer shawls for members of Wellshire in need. To get more information about this wonderful ministry, please contact Pat Van Bramer.
The Sewing Fellowship sews the quilts that are presented to children upon their baptism. For more information, please email Carol Britt.