One of Christ Church’s five values is Care: Doing Life Together. Rev. Dr. Jacky Gatliff joined the Christ Church staff in December as Director of Congregational Care. As she listened to staff and volunteers who have been involved in this ministry, she realized that changing the name of the ministry to “Care Ministries” would allow for more flexibility in creating and implementing ministries as needed and expand the vision to care for those beyond the walls of Christ Church.
As those who Love Like Jesus, Christ Church is an instrument of God to care for people as they really are—whether they are celebrating moments of great joy or if they are in days, even seasons, of brokenness, grief, doubt and frustration. Christ Church Care Ministries believes that we can play an important part in the great story that God is writing in each of our lives.
To do that the mission of Care Ministries is to not only care well for the people of Christ Church in those moments but to continue to provide doors for those outside the church to walk through to find the hope and new life that Jesus graciously intends for us.
In addition to the work of the No Whispers initiative that addresses the unique needs of individuals and families/friends of those dealing with emotional, relational, spiritual and physical health issues, care groups will be offered for specific needs that are either short-term or on-going. Single event workshops will be available that will provide tools to respond fully to God’s work and presence in our lives.
In the coming weeks, you will be invited to benefit from this ministry by participating in:
Community Wellness Breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rogers Center:
Coffee & Shopping: When Does a Habit Become an Addiction?
Hope in Action Community Empowerment Conference on Tuesday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the UofM:
Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Memory in the Mirror on Thursday, May 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Seabrook Hall:
A gathering of women who have experienced the death of their mothers
The Care Ministries pastoral team continues to provide support and connection with the homebound, hospital and hospice patients, as well as pre-marital and pastoral counseling.
Recognizing God’s call for the body of Christ to care for one another, an invitation will be extended beginning in late spring to those who desire to respond to God’s invitation for them to join in this active ministry to see what can happen in people’s lives when we Love Like Jesus.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.
Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Romans 12:9, 12-13 (NLT)
Know someone who is hospitalized or in need of a Pastoral Care visit? Contact our Care Team so we can journey alongside them, 901-261-2106 (or 901-542-2570 after hours).
Care Ministries Team:
Rev. Dr. Jacky Gatliff, Director, Care Ministries
Rev. Ken Stewart, Associate Director, Care Ministries
Rev. Jesse Johnson, No Whispers Program Director & Care Ministries Pastor
Leigh Anne Murray, Ministry Assistant