Congregational Care

At John Knox Presbyterian Church we are a community that ministers to those in the church family who are experiencing special needs.

Visitation Team
The leaders of this team oversee visits to elderly home bound and those in nursing facilities.  They visit on a regular basis, deliver altar flowers, and also serve communion. Part of this team is our Prayer Shawl Ministry. Shawls are knitted or crocheted by church members to be given to those who are experiencing illness, grief, etc.

Communication/Card Ministry
This team stays in contact with the church family by sending cards to those who are ill or have had surgery, to college students, and to those with notable birthdays and anniversaries.

Food Ministry
This team prepares bereavement meals and a reception in the event of the death of someone in the church family. They also are on call to prepare meals in cases of emergency, such as sudden illness or surgery.

Intercessory Prayer Team
The members on this team are in deliberate prayer for the specific needs in our church family.  These prayer requests are received and shared with those on the team CONFIDENTIALLY.

Grief Support Group Our church has committed to a new grief recovery ministry in our church called GriefShare. It is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. GriefShare is a program with direction and purpose. It is a Christ centered, Biblically based seminar providing an outreach to our community. With GriefShare you will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where grieving people find comfort, healing, answers, and hope. It is life-changing material that will minister to grieving people in our own church and throughout our community.

GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly here at the church on Mondays at 7pm. You will find it to be a warm, caring environment and will come to see your group as an “oasis” on your long journey through grief. There are three key parts to your GriefShare experience. First a video seminar with encouraging, information-packed videos featuring leading grief recovery experts. Second, a support group which offers small group discussion about the weekly video content. Third, a workbook for journaling and having personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.

You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained” so you don’t have to attend in sequence. Learn more about GriefShare at http://www.griefshare.org.

If you would like more information, we encourage you to contact our Program Director, Diana Jones: 330-754-7476 or ldjones@sssnet.com .

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