BPC CARE MINISTRY

Our Care Ministries seek to reach out to those in our church body and in the community at large who are in need of healing, who are experiencing a life crisis, or who are marginalized.

Our core values include:

  • The Hebrew idea of “shalom,” which means wholeness or wellness;
  • The Greek idea of “Zoe,” which means abundant life;
  • The incarnational idea of Christ using us, His people, to care for His people;
  • The statement from Paul’s letter to the Galatians (6:2): “Carry each other’s burdens;”
  • The statement from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (5:11): “Encourage one another and build each other up.”

We exist to be Jesus’ loving presence, his hands, and feet, in very tangible and deliberate ways.

If you would like to submit a prayer request electronically, click on the “Submit Prayer Request.” Prayer requests can also be submitted through the white “visitor/prayer” card found in your bulletin on Sundays or you can also call the church office at 530-343-1484. Please review our guidelines below.

GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW FOR SUBMITTING A REQUEST
When submitting a prayer request, please note the following:

1) You must secure the permission of anyone for whom you are submitting a prayer request. Otherwise, please submit your request without the individuals’ names.

2) You must limit your request to 60 words or less. All prayer requests are subject to being edited before they are sent out to the email distribution list.

3) Not all prayer requests can be sent out quickly. Our usual turnaround is 24 hours, but that cannot always be guaranteed.

4) Please remember that there are many people reading the requests, so confidentiality and sensitivity to details should be honored. If you would like someone to pray one-on-one with you, please contact the church office at 530-343-1484 to make a request for a Deacon or Stephen Minister.

DEACON MINISTRY

A deacon ministers to those who are in need, to the sick, and to the friendless. Members of our Board of Deacons visit the hospitalized and elderly; take meals to new parents or persons recovering from hospitalization; extend hospitality on Sundays after worship services; pray actively for known prayer requests; distribute beneficent funds to those experiencing financial hardship.

STEPHEN MINISTERS

Stephen Ministers are Christian men and women trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. They have a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

SUPPORT GROUPS

BPC offers a variety of support groups that provide a ring of supportive love and care around an individual, couples and/or families dealing who find themselves in a time of crisis, challenge, and/or heartache. Group Leaders receive extensive and on-going training and have walked through the specific crisis in which they serve. Learn more about how you can receive the support you need.

DEACON MINISTRY

VISITATIONS

Deacons seek to bring the love of Christ by visiting members of our church who are hospitalized, in care facilities, or who are homebound. During the current pandemic, in-person visitations are suspended. We are happy to have phone call connections with individuals. To request, please contact us at info@bidwellpres.org or call the church office at (530) 343-1484.

MEALS MINISTRY

The Meals Ministry serves families or individuals within our church community by providing ready-to-eat meals. Designed to help ease daily burdens, this ministry is carried out by a network of volunteers within BPC who serve one another by meeting the practical need for food preparation. For more information about our meals ministry, contact us at info@bidwellpres.org or call the church office at (530)-343-1484.

DEACON FUND

We are fortunate to have a fund for individuals who are going through financial hardship. We typically reserve these funds for church members, but we do have limited funds available for non-members. To find out about the application process for the deacon fund, contact us at info@bidwellpres.org or call the church office at 530-343-1484.

CORRESPONDENCE

Deacons attend to the life events of our church members by sending out cards and notes of encouragement, sympathy, praise, or recovery. If you know of someone who would benefit from this, please contact us.

Email: info@bidwellpres.org
BPC office at 530-343-1484

STEPHEN MINISTERS

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person…a Christian friend…a Stephen Minister.

WHAT DO STEPHEN MINISTERS DO?
Stephen Ministers are trained to be supportive in listening, helping you to explore your feelings, pray with you, share Christ’s love, maintain confidentiality, attend to the caregiving process, and help to meet your needs.
WHAT TYPES OF CHALLENGES CAN THEY HELP WITH?
  • Hospitalization
  • Terminally ill and their families
  • Moving into or out of our community
  • Grieving a death or serious loss
  • Homebound and institutionalized
  • Prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
  • Job crisis
  • Aging and elderly
  • Disabled (and their families)
  • Needing the support of a Christian friend
  • Facing life transitions
  • Separated or divorced
  • Experiencing birth or adoption
  • Spiritual crisis
HOW DO I REQUEST A STEPHEN MINISTER?
You don’t have to go through difficulty in life alone. A Stephen Minister will come alongside you to support you, pray for you, and listen to you. Stephen Ministers consider it a great privilege and blessing to be able to give this kind of care to people. It is truly a reciprocal relationship.

If you think you may benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister as you face a life challenge, transition or crisis, please contact the church office at 343-1484 and we will do our best to match you with a Stephen Minister.

SUPPORT MINISTRY
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GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. You can read more about this ministry at their homepage: www.griefshare.org.

BPC has been able to offer this support group each year to individuals. We will not be meeting in the Fall of 2020, but we encourage you to consult with the listing of nearby churches who may be offering the support group or to find an online community during this time of the pandemic. You can search here: www.griefshare.org/groups/search.

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DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. You can learn more about this ministry at their homepage: www.divorcecare.org.

BPC will not be offering this group in the fall of 2020 but looks forward to offering it at the beginning of 2021. Until then, you may consult the search function of their website to look for other churches in the area who may be offering the group either in person or online:  www.divorcecare.org/groups/search.