For years, Hancock members have supported one another with care and compassion, in lay ministry that supplements the pastoral care offered by our clergy. No member need feel isolated or alone.
The Congregational Care Team would love to hear from you if you want the fellowship and help we provide; if you know someone who might benefit; or if you are periodically available to assist as a volunteer yourself, perhaps delivering some sign of our love to a person needing it – a meal, a flower, a visit – or otherwise participating, by knitting a shawl or helping a grieving family plan their funeral reception.
Among the programs of the Congregational Care ministry are the following:
- Prayer Ministry for those in need
- Visitation of Members
- Rides to church
- The Shawl Knitting Ministry, to celebrate baptisms and support the ill or bereaved
- Flower deliveries, each Sunday and at Christmas and Easter
- Meals when needed
- Assistance with Collations (receptions at the church) held after Funerals or Memorial
- The Annual Senior Picnic, generously offered by the Larssen family
Hancock members lead each of these ministries, managing other volunteers on their project. Hancock’s Congregational Care Coordinator works with and supports the Hancock lay leaders. Periodically, we also hope to offer programs related to some of the many challenges that can arise: Living with Mental Illness, Facing Cancer, Depression, Addiction, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Care for the Caregivers, Chronic Disease.
The Times I Feel God’s Presence in Our Church: God is with me when I visit my home bound friends–those that were once active at Hancock, but can no longer get there. God is with me when Hancock members pray for me and my health issues. He is there when they offer to help with meals, rides, visiting. God is with me when I walk with my Hancock friends around Lexington or on the beach. God is with me during worship on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary and at the Well. God is with me when I pray for others in church, at home, and with the Congregational Care team.
A Faith Story by Carol Bukys
Learn More about the Congregational Care Ministry at Hancock or sign up to volunteer: