The Church of the Covenant
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
11205 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone: (216) 421-0482
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Personal Care Giving at the Covenant

The Church of the Covenant has a range of service and volunteer programs providing support to Covenant members, participants, and neighbors who have special needs. These lay ministry activities support and compliment pastors in meeting the needs of the Covenant community. Pastors are closely connected to all personal care giving both in making referrals and in receiving information and he need for pastoral follow up. Through these activities we attempt to follow Christ's example of sympathy, witness, and service.

 

DEACONS

Deacons, elected for three-year terms by the congregation, minister in a special way thos who are ill, who would benefit from support, and to many who may be in distress. Some of the specific duties of the Deacons include Sunday flower delivery to those unable to attend church, hospital cards, arranging transportation to attend church, organizing gatherings for the fellowship of members, assisting the pastors in giving communion to the home bound, and managing our Christmas Giving Tree for our neighbors.

 COVENANT CALLERS

Covenant Callers serve as a caring ministry for those who have difficulty attending church due to health challenges or advanced age. The Covenant Caller is expected to have four contacts with the person they with whom they are partnering each year, but may increase visits as the need, and their schedule, permits. Covenant Callers make referrals to Covenant's Stephen Ministry when the need is more intense. Stephen Ministry

 STEPHEN MINISTERS

Stephen Ministers are lay volunteers who develop skills that improve their ability to relate to and care for others, grow in faith, and journey through life crises. Training, resources, and supports are available to congregations and organizations who wish to strengthen and expand ministry through Stephen Ministries, a national organization founded in 1975.

At Church of the Covenant, Stephen Ministers:

  • Provide individual care giving God-focused ministry to persons experiencing challenging transitions, such as a health crisis, loss of a loved one, adjustment to school, employment changes or retirement. Stephen ministers maintain a confidential, listening relationship that could range from one or two visits to a relationship that may span a couple years. During 2012, Covenant Stephen Ministers provided over 300 hours of one-on-one caring through weekly visits, phone contact, and e-mail.

  • Are available in Christ Chapel each Sunday after the worship service to anyone who might benefit from a listening ear or a shared prayer.

  • Collaborating with University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Covenant Stephen Ministers began working as Spiritual Care Volunteers with patients and their families at the Seidman Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Stephen Ministers complete fifty hours of training and meet monthly with a Stephen Leader in a small group peer supervision to provide support and encouragement to each other in a confidential and respectful manner and  to participate in continuing education to help them grow as Christian Care Givers.

HEALING CIRCLE

Covenant's Healing Circle has been in existence for seventeen years, first meeting in a farm house on the campus of Holden Arboretum and now in the Sonia Golden room at Covenant. Today we meet once a month as a group to provide energy work for people from individuals from all walks of life, including referrals from hospice, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, the Seidman Cancer Center, as well as our neighbors who come from as close as apartments in the Circle to those living in the Heights and as far away as the Westside. Our practitioners come from varied faith traditions, including Catholic, Jewish, Unity, Sufi, as well as Presbyterian. There is a growing awareness of this ministry in our Presbyterian community and we now have ministers from Boulevard Presbyterian and Lakewood Presbyterian churches and their congregants joining us.

 OUTREACH TO SENIOR ADULTS

This is an emerging ministry. The Reverend Jonyrma Singleton, Associate Pastor, connect groups of seniors together over a monthly lunch at Judson Manor as well as local restaurants. These are Covenant's eighty and ninety year old members, and now they are now inviting their friends to join us!

 MIDWEEK MUSIC AND MEDITATION

The Church of the Covenant's sanctuary is open Monday through Friday for prayer and meditation. People who come into the sanctuary range from employees, students, residents and visitors in University Circle, to those who have hospitalized family members. At times pastors or staff are able to talk with them and provide pastoral care. Our Midweek Music and Meditation service is offered as a time of midweek service is also a place that folks seek out to find that time of retreat, small group experience and soothing music to calm the soul.

 

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