Deacons are the hands and heart of the church in our ministry of caring. In any congregation, people have all kinds of needs. They may be recovering from surgery, grieving, loneliness, illness, or in a time where they could welcome the ministry of care. Serving as a Deacon is an opportunity for spiritual growth and fellowship. You are given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.
The Ministry of the Deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
The PC(USA) Book of Order
Deacons engage in the following:
Social Events: Each Deacon participates in planning and executing one of our many social events at the church. This includes the Rally Sunday picnic, seasonal celebrations, an ice cream social in the spring, and a special summer luncheon for members 75 years of age or older.
Deacon Neighborhood Ministry: Each House of Hope Deacon has a Neighborhood consisting of 16 to 20 member households. They keep in touch with their families throughout the year. The Deacon might help coordinate meals, rides, or visits, if needed.
New Member Committee: Deacons are present at every New Member class to welcome guests and to set up and share in the luncheon.