Congregational Care Ministry

Caring for one another is our calling as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, so much so that it is called the "Golden Rule." "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all of your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22: 37-39. What a joy and privilege it is to get to know as many persons in our family of faith as possible. If you want to offer some of your time to be in conversation with and to extend caring with others, please contact Jannette Clavez at or (757) 633-1843.

Stephen Ministry: The purpose of Stephen Ministry is to prepare and support Stephen Ministers in providing one-to-one distinctively Christian caregiving to persons in our congregation and the local community who are experiencing a challenging time of life and would benefit from ongoing care.  We are looking for persons who are willing to offer a deliberate listeing heart to those who are facint life's challenges. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in important caregiving skills and are commissioned to serve on behalf of our congregation. We meet twice monthly for the purposes of continuing education and peer supervision (which is confidential and only attended by Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders).  At this currently there are 4 active Stephen Ministers and 2 Stephen Leaders.


Bereavement Team: Provide an opportunity for grieving families and friends to socialize and visit with one another after the funeral. We furnish refreshments for all and send left overs home with the family.

Prayer Chain: Log in to your Shelby Account to join the prayer chain and to receive prayer requests.

Care Ministry Offerings for December

Offerings from the Upper Room Ministries

Devotional - Blue Christmas – Devotions of Light in a season of Dark – by Todd Outcalt. It is specifically for those who are struggling with the season. $11.99, bookstore

ECourse – This Blue Christmas – An Experience of light and Hope in an unprecedented Advent, by Todd Outcalt. An online class, 11/29 – 12/25, in addition to the daily devotion, there is weekly worship and conversation with Todd Outcult - $50.00 Registration at

Small Group – Grief Share – Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child family member or friend. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 10 we will begin a 13 week small group (12 people) for those who have experienced the loss of a beloved. We will meet on Zoom on Thursday evenings, this seminar will include sections of video, discussion and workbook study in each session. There is a workbook that accompanies the seminar. For questions or to register contact Jannette Clavez at

Blue Christmas Service – Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m., due to concerns with social distancing this years’ service will be prerecorded, with a live Zoom session to follow. If you are interested in participating in the live stream or want someone remembered for candle lighting, please contact Jannette Clavez at