Pastoral Care

Westminster is committed to providing ministries of care and compassion to people in need.  If you know someone who would appreciate a visit form one of the pastors, please contact the pastoral staff.  Members of the congregation also play an important role in providing pastoral care to our members.  If you are looking for an opportunity to use your gifts, the Deacons would welcome your participation in any of these areas:


Flower Ministry

Every week the flowers enjoyed in Sunday worship are delivered to people as a demonstration of Christian care and compassion.  Recipients include those in hospitals, in long-term care facilities, and sick at home.  Anyone in the congregation is welcome to take the flowers to someone they know in need by contacting Ann Hatfield.

If you are interested in donating flowers in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion, please contact Marge Muehlberger at margem@practice-alt.com.



Casserole Ministry

Casseroles are made by members of the congregation and delivered to anyone in need, including families who have just had a baby, people who have experienced a death in the family, or those recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery.  Anyone in the congregation is welcome to take a casserole to someone they know in need of a meal.  The casseroles are stored in the church freezer.  Please fill out the sign-in/sign-out sheet whenever a casserole is donated or removed for delivery.

If you are interested in preparing a casserole for freezing, recipes and containers are available at the church information booth.

Contact: Nancy Krablin


Worship Services to Assisted Living Residents

"Worship in the Homes" is a group led by the deacons of Westminster who visit three West Chester assisted living facilities once every three months to provide worship and fellowship.  An entire service is provided including music; church members, small group, youth, and families are encouraged to participate.  It's a tremendous opportunity to share fellowship and offer comfort. 

Visits to Pembrook, Barclay Friends, and Brandywine Hall are on Sunday afternoons between 2-4 pm; the dates are advertised in advance in the weekly News & Events. 

Contact: Terry Hawkins


Card Ministry

The Deacons send cards to congregational members for a variety of events and occasions, including get-well cards, new baby congratulations, and in sympathy for situations of bereavement.

Contact: Joan Ranieri


Prayer Chain Ministry

Westminster’s Prayer Chain consists of nearly 70 members (pray-ers) with caring hearts who dedicate their time to pray for others at their request.  Each member of the prayer chain receives a weekly list of prayer requests via email.  The requests are handled with confidentiality and reverence as prayer chain members include them in their conversations with God. 

To have a prayer request included in the Prayer Chain, please contact Carmen Knox or the church office.


Extended Communion

Ordained Deacons and Elders share Communion on the first Sunday of each month with people who are not able to be physically present in worship to participate in the Lord’s Supper.  A regular list of recipients is maintained, including those who are ill, in hospitals, sick at home, or in long-term care facilities.

To receive extended communion, contact Ann Hatfield or Demaree Hopkins


Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Westminster knitting group knits prayer shawls which are presented by the Deacons to people in need.  Contact Ann Hatfield if you know someone who might benefit from a prayer shawl.

If you would like to be involved in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl, contact Jane Roberts for directions.


Greeters

Prior to the Sunday morning services, 3-4 people welcome and greet those who come to worship.  If you would like to help with this ministry of hospitality, please contact Susan Mills.


Transportation Ministry

There are many members of Westminster who are no longer able to drive themselves. Age, health concerns, and other issues keep them limited in their transportation options. The Deacons give and organize rides for people who need them. Drivers assist people in getting to and from worship, to other events at Westminster, and to occasional medical appointments.

If you can help, need a ride, or have suggestions for this ministry, please contact Ann Hatfield.


Information Booth

The Information Booth, which is located near the entrance to the sanctuary, is staffed during our Sunday morning services. Volunteers hand out brochures, direct people to different rooms in the building, answer questions, and offer general information. 

If you would like to help in this ministry, please contact Marty Ollenschleger.