Congregational Care

As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  – Galatians 6:10

As part of Christ’s church, we are a family. We have a special obligation to see and respond to the needs of those around us in the pews each week. As our church grows, it can be easy for needs of our family members to go unnoticed or slip through the cracks. Our Congregational Care Team is a dedicated and caring group of folks who want to serve – and help others serve – our church community.

The Congregational Care Team is made-up of several smaller teams. Together, we seek ways to care for practical needs of our church family holistically – spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally – from cradle to grave. Congregational Care at Ascension includes everything from clergy and lay visitation to meal ministry, prayer ministry, referral to professional counselors in our own Workshop counseling ministry as well as special ministries for new parents, caregivers and those with critically acute illnesses or chronic conditions.

There’s an (unsubstantiated) story that, as St. John was dying, his church asked him what his final advice was for them as a congregation. He replied, “Little children, love one another.” We know we don’t do this perfectly as a congregation, but we want to grow in learning to love each other in needed, practical, and redemptive ways.

If you would like to join one of our Congregational Care teams, please fill out of the form using the link at the bottom of the page. In brief, our teams are:

  • Prayer Ministry on Sundays during Communion: Members of this team pray for those who ask for prayer during communion on Sundays.
  • Intercessory Prayer List: Receive weekly and other occasional prayer updates for prayer.
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Members of this team take communion to those who cannot come to church.
  • Meal Ministry: This team provides meals for those who are sick, bereaved or otherwise needing help. We also provide meals to those who have just given birth

Contact for Congregational Care Teams
Marilyn Chislaghi
(412) 621-4361, ext. 219