Deacons at Westminster
There are currently more than 40 Westminster deacons who serve in three units (12 administrative, 12 caring, and 18 supporting.) Deacons are divided into three classes by years and serve 3-year terms. All three deacon units assist with driving, greeting, flower delivery, delivery of meals, communion preparation at church and serving home communion. All deacons meet together monthly on the second Monday, after which they meet in individual units.
The administrative deacons plan and implement training events, study congregational needs for service, publicize the Deacon Ministry, administer the Deacon Fund, participate in the planning of health events (blood drive, flu shots, etc.) and help serve home communion. They also coordinate the Driving Ministry and communion preparation.
The caring deacons provide short-term care to Westminster members who face significant physical, mental, emotional, and relational challenges. They make hospital visits, send notes of care and concern, and do support calling during recuperation and bereavement calling following a death.
The supporting deacons develop a caring relationship with one to three Westminster members assigned to them. They phone or visit them at least once a month, deliver an Easter lily, Christmas poinsettia, occasionally the sanctuary flowers, offer home communion, and sometimes choose to provide other forms of caring assistance.
Other areas of deacon responsibility
Sunday driving: Deacons, along with other church members, provide transportation to those who would like a ride to Sunday worship.
Communion: Each communion Sunday, deacons prepare the communion elements and clean up following the service. Four times a year, deacons serve home communion, coming forward during the offering to receive home communion kits. All deacons will be trained to serve home communion to anyone who may request it. Supporting deacons offer communion to their care receivers.
Meal ministry is coordinated by caring deacons through Meals To Go. We use a website (TakeThemAMeal.com) to communicate with those signing up and those receiving the meals.
Greeting: Deacons will be scheduled to greet on the second Sunday of each month.