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.
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 email@example.com or call the church 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. For more information about our meals ministry, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (530)-343-1484.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 530-343-1484.
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?
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?
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.
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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.
Divorce Care Winter 2021
DivorceCare is a 13 week course that will meet at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Room 112 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm beginning January 13 and ending April 7. This is a confidential, grace-filled, environment for individuals who wish to find help. Drop in at any point. There is a $20 fee for the DivorceCare workbook. Interested persons may contact our church office at 343-1484. You can also click here to register.
DivorceCare will be facilitated by John Mckalip (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ruth McKalip (email@example.com).
You can also consult the search function of the divorcecare 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.