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 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.
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.
WHAT DOES BPC BELIEVE ABOUT PRAYER?
We whole-heartedly believe in God’s command to pray for all things, for one another, to support one another in faith, and to believe where two or more are gathered together, God’s Spirit is there also, (Matthew 18:20, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6).
We are a praying community. We value the opportunity to pray with and for individuals. If you are in need of prayer you may submit your prayer request and the request will be emailed to a list of hundreds of people in our congregation who have committed to praying when they receive the emails.
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.
WHO GETS SUBMITTED PRAYER REQUESTS?
Prayers submitted (electronically, via phone, via white visit/prayer card) will be sent via email to a distribution list of over 300 people who have committed to praying. If the request is to be kept confidential among the pastors, please indicate this and the pastors will be the only ones to see your request and to pray.
DOES BPC OFFER OTHER PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
We hold a weekly prayer hour in the chapel which is open to anyone in the Chapel (the small room behind the sanctuary – Room 112) every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 pm. We pray for our church, our community, concerns in the world, and any personal requests brought forward. You can come to pray or be prayed for. You do not need to come for the entire hour and you can invite anyone, as this is open to the public.
CAN I REQUEST ONE-ON-ONE PRAYER?
If you would like someone to pray one-on-one with you, please call the church office at 530-343-1484 to request a meeting with a Deacon or Stephen Minister.
CAN I BE ADDED TO YOUR PRAYER LIST?
Yes! If you would like to be put on the email distribution list so that you receive prayer requests and you would like to commit to praying for those requests when you receive them, contact: Patty Davidson – email@example.com.
Deacons seek to bring the love of Christ by visiting members of our church who are hospitalized, in care facilities, or who are home bound. If you would like to request a visit with a deacon, please contact us.
BPC office at 530-343-1484
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.
VESPERS / COMMUNION
Deacons bring a worship service and communion to Windchime, Sierra Sunrise/Terraces, and The Courtyard assisted living residences on the first Sunday of every month. These services are open to all Christians living at these facilities.
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.
BPC office at 530-343-1484
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?
- 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.
HOW DO I REQUEST A STEPHEN MINISTER?
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, we encourage you to contact the church office at 530-343-1484 and let us know your interest. There is an application process along with an interview that will introduce you to the program and allow an opportunity to learn more about you. Going through the interview process assists the coordinator and the applicant to determine if the training is the right decision for the applicant.
Registration has moved to the events page where we register all events and gatherings with the exception of classes. Please review the information below for Support Ministry Groups.
Thursdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grief Share is not scheduled to start until February 2020. Please use the following link Griefshare.org to find a Grief Share class in your area.
Talking with others is a healing ingredient in the journey of grief. If you or a friend are struggling with loss, consider attending this Christian based class. A 13-week series is offered at Bidwell Presbyterian Church twice each year: spring 2020 and fall 2020.
Each meeting will center around a professionally produced DVD, group discussion, and workbook assignments and notes. Grief Share will meet every Thursday evening, 6:00PM-8:00PM, beginning the Spring of 2020. There is a $20 fee for the workbook Register will open in January 2020. Call the church office 343-1484 for more information, or if you need immediate one-on-one support. The facilitator for the Spring 2020 course will be Pamela R. Drennan, MFT, 342-2878.
Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Whether you’re going through a divorce or you’ve been divorced for a while, you don’t have to go it alone.
DivorceCare can help you recover from the pain of separation and divorce. Our program uses a DVD-based curriculum developed by a national Christian organization. Each week there’s a lesson followed by small group discussion. Discussions are facilitated by trained volunteers who’ve personally experienced divorce and have successfully managed its consequences.
DivorceCare occurs Wednesday of every week from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. starting May 8, 2019. DivorceCare is a 13-week course that meets at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Room 112, in the main Sanctuary building. This is a confidential, grace-filled, environment for individuals who wish to find help. Drop-in at any point. Childcare is available with two-week advance notice. Contact the office at 530-343-1484 to register for childcare. There is a $20 fee for the DivorceCare workbook. Registration opens April 10, 2019, and will remain open.