Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
The Caring Connection Ministry functions as one extension of Pastoral Care. Our members work in partnership with the Minister of Pastoral Care by providing comfort to those who are ill or have experienced the death of a loved one. Bereaved family aftercare is a primary activity of Caring Connection Ministry.
To be faithful and committed to helping others who need spiritual and moral support in time of
need, so as to be pleasing to God.
Being faithful to our community as Christians, and to help those who need support in times of
various stages of grief and bereavement.
FROM THE HEART
The Caring Connection ministry cares and connects with our church members, the community and each other from the heart through the following activities and programs:
1. SUPPORT FOR THE BEREAVED AND SICK: Members of the Caring Connection ministry send cards to those who are going through bereavement and follow-up with cards of support for a period of time. Members also send cards to those members of our congregation who are ill to encourage them with notes of prayer and to let them know that they are not forgotten.
2. PRE-PAST SUPPORT: Our members volunteer to assist with the pre-pasts that held at the church by serving continental breakfast before funeral services. The pre-past services are one of the key functions of the Caring Connection. It provides an opportunity for members to serve, support and minister to those who have lost a loved one.
3. NURSING HOMES: The Caring Connection visits nursing homes where we fellowship with residents. During the holidays, the ministry delivers gift bags, reads scriptures and sings Christmas carols.
4. GREATER CHICAGO AREA FOOD PANTRY: Members of the Caring Connection support the Greater Chicago Area Food Pantry by volunteering each month to work with the local south suburban pantry to prepare food baskets for community members. As one of our outreach efforts, cards inviting others to worship with us at New Faith International Baptist Church International (NFBCI) are also distributed to community members.
5. WELCOME CALLS: Ministry members make weekly welcome calls to all new members of the NFBCI family.
6. WOMEN’S SHELTERS: Members of the Caring Connection donate and present clothes for women and children, toiletries and other needed personal items to a women’s shelter during the holiday season.
7. PADS: The Caring Connection is one of the ministries that prepare and serve dinner once a year during the Public Action To Deliver Shelter (PADS) season for NFBCI house guests.
8. CARING FOR EACH OTHER: Members of the Caring Connection recognize the importance of fellowship and ministering to each other. In addition to our regular meetings, we generally come together twice per year to informally socialize, get to know each other, and talk about our work on an informal level.
If you have a heart for anyone who is in need and you want to connect with a group that enjoys fellowship, as well as reaching out to others, then Caring Connection is the ministry for you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sit in on one of our meetings to meet our volunteers, and learn more about the Caring Connection.
The Caring Connection ministry meets at NFBCI every second Sunday of the month immediately following the 11:00 service (beginning approximately between 1:15-1:30 PM).
WITH A CARING SPIRIT
Caring Connection Ministry Chairperson
Caring Connection Ministry Co-Chairperson
Rev. Gregory Powell
Minister of Pastoral Care