The mission of the Care Center is to contact members who are ill, have recently suffered the death of a family member or who are homebound. Birthday cards are sent to senior members of the congregation. The Care Center volunteers are now looking at the possibility of coordinating visits to home and facility bound members. Volunteers contribute two hours a week to making calls and sending notes. If you would be interested in giving some of your time to this ministry, you are invited to contact the church.
The Board of Deacons is an elected body of 18 members involved in care-giving ministries as the need arises including meals for members recovering from surgery, rides to church and support for memorial services. Our church is divided into 9 Shepherding Groups as a church within the larger church. The purpose of these groups is to know the members in your group, to serve as a communication link through phone trees and to identify service needs in their own group. Such things as crisis support and new member contact are needed in each Shepherding Group.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This is a new ministry at Shepherd of the Hills. Our prayer shawls are knit or crocheted with love, blessings and prayers, ending up as a physical expression of God’s love.
Members and guests meet on the first and third Wednesday afternoons of each month in the Library to bless the completed shawls, help one another and have some enjoyable fellowship. The shawls are then given to those in need of comfort and in times of joy.
You are invited to join us at any time. If you prefer, you can support this ministry with yarn, coupons for yarn or a financial donation.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care-giving ministry for those in transition or experiencing crises. These may be illness, death of a loved one, divorce, pregnancy, job loss or general life transitions.
Stephen Ministers each receive 50 hours of in-depth training and skill building to prepare them for this ministry. After they are trained and have been assigned a care receiver, they walk alongside that person by meeting with them once a week.
Stephen Ministers also participate in twice-monthly peer group supervision on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Those interested in becoming Stephen Ministers should submit an application to the Stephen Leader team at SOTH. Each Stephen Ministry candidate participates in an interview with the Leader Team.
Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of another? We encourage you to join the Stephen Ministry Team at SOTH. Please call the church to talk to one of the Stephen Leaders to find out more.