Ministry of the Deacons

"The office of deacon as set forth in the Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgement should be chosen for this office. It is the duty of the deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord's Supper." (Book of Order, G-6.0400)


Compassion and Outreach

  • Home Communion: Deacons serve communion to members and friends of Valley that are unable to attend church services.
  • Rides to Church: Deacons arrange for rides to church for those without personal transportation.
  • Congregant Care: Deacons stay in contact with members and friends of Valley (with visits, cards, phone calls, emails) that have special needs or are unable to attend worship services.
  • Get Well and Sympathy Cards: Deacons routinely send get well, sympathy and thinking of you cards to members and friends of Valley that are facing health problems or may have lost a loved one.
  • Grief Ministry: Deacons contact and send a series of booklets to Valley members and friends to help them understand and cope with the grieving process following the loss of a loved one.
  • Memorial Service Receptions: Deacons provide refreshments and host receptions following memorial services.

Congregational Life and Service Ministries

  • Communion Preparation: Deacons provided and prepare the communion elements.
  • Rainbow Bags: Deacons provide rainbow bags with supplies to help small children stay focused during worship services.
  • Bulletin Board: Deacons have a bulletin board to keep Valley members aware of current Deacon activities.
  • Blood Drives: Deacons work with the Red Cross to obtain donors and volunteers to assist with Valley sponsored blood drives.
  • Prayers of the People: Deacons have the privelege of offering the Prayers of the People on the third Sunday of each month during 10:00 a.m. worship.

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