What is a deacon?
Deacons are called to lead the congregation in compassion, witness, and service, representing the ministry of the church in the world and the presence of the world in the church.
What do deacons do?
We serve our congregation by providing compassionate support, understanding, prayer and spiritual care through phone calls, handwritten cards, and visits.
We serve our neighboring communities through “deacons on call” visits to those in need, and we manage and raise money for the Benevolent Fund.
We serve our church by organizing Fellowship Hour, supporting Communion service, participating on committees, organizing special events and initiatives and preparing reports to Session.
Board of Deacons: The Ministry of Compassion and Service ( Book of Order, G-2.0201)
The ministry of 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.
Laura McTaggart, Class of 2021
Hope Mugerwa, Class of 2021
Allison Penn, Class of 2022
Jack Holder, Class of 2023
A Deacon’s Message, by Hope Mugerwa
Going to church becomes something to look forward to when you know you can meet new people, build strong and long-lasting relationships that support your wellbeing, a stronger perspective of life and determination to seek more out of it. It is an opening to a new and deeper meaning of life and things that we take for granted – a reminder to look closely for anything different that gives a much more deeper meaning in life for what it is worth and not what it is taken for.
Participating in church responsibilities and taking charge of any mission as needed is a good feeling that can make you look forward to another day, knowing that someone out there will benefit from your help. It is like a guide, a plan, a motivation that determines life’s fulfillment of accomplishments — it is like steps and stopovers on this wandering journey of life.