CARE AND HOSPITALITY
The Care Ministry (Philippians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 John 3:17-18)
This is the ministry within the church, which aims to ensure that the church is able to Care And Reach Everyone. Christ was known to have compassion and show love to all. The Care ministry is in the forefront of realising the aim of the church to follow in the footsteps of Christ by having compassion and showing love to all within and outside the church.
There are a number of departments in the ministry. These are:
Anniversaries and Dedications
The anniversaries and dedications department co-ordinates celebrations by church members such as the naming or dedication of a baby, celebration of a birthday or wedding anniversary, dedication of a house, car etc. They ensure that church members are able to share their joy with the wider church family.
The cleaning department ensures that the church is kept spick and span. The department is responsible for cleaning and decorating the church, and ensuring that maintenance work is commissioned. You can usually see them after each service going around with vacuum cleaners and mops, cleaning up the church ready for the next service. They get to work when everyone else is getting ready to go home.
Just as Christ did not disperse the crowd without feeding them, the hospitality department aims to ensure that refreshment is made available for church members and visitors after every Sunday service, and during church conferences. The third Sunday of the month is our family Sunday when we have a love feast, and the hospitality department usually sets out a feast fit for a king – not surprising, after all we are kings and priests!
The visitation department is responsible for visiting members. They visit church members at home to share the word and pray with them. They will also visit first timers to the church with the consent of the individual, and also pay visits to hospitals and prisons.
The welfare department looks into the physical welfare of people who are going through a tough time. We know that tough times don’t last but tough people do and that we are more than conquerors through Christ, so the department supports people who are going through tough times, to give them added strength to ride the stormy periods. This department provides support through prayers, provision of food packs or store vouchers to anyone who is in need, and will sometimes make token financial assistance available to an individual who needs help to attend an interview or part pay the rent. The primary focus is on church members, however, the department never turns away anybody who needs help, whether they are church members or not, as long as the required assistance is within the remit of the department.
In addition to physical welfare, the Care ministry also plays a role in ensuring the spiritual welfare of members, through the Sunday School. The Sunday school is open to every member of the church, and takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 9:45 am. There is in-depth study of bible doctrine, and members are also encouraged to do some further personal study at home.