Care Ministry addresses the needs and concerns of our faith community as we face life seasons that can weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. These seasons may be brought on by sickness, grief, relational concerns, employment uncertainties, spiritual distractions and changes that affect our ability to care for ourselves and our families.
Hope’s Care Ministry includes ministering in hospital rooms, conducting funerals, counseling, providing temporary financial assistance, offering support and recovery groups, connecting individuals with Stephen Ministers, ministry by a prayer team and Deacons, and pastors that are available to listen and pray. This ministry’s foundation is connecting with individuals, one person and one family at a time, to pray and address practical needs that arise.
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Hope has a Duty Pastor available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 901-755-7721.
Deacons are the instrument for the ministry of compassion, and as such they demonstrate God’s love to the people of Hope Church. They are honored to have been given the privilege to pray and care for you. Teams of five to nine Deacons serve in one of eleven geographic regions that cover Memphis and most of the surrounding communities. Click here to find out what region number you live in and who your deacons are!
Stephen Ministry is one-to-one Christian care for those going through a crisis or life challenge. A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting, a congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role, a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care, a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, & encourages and someone who will be there for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need. If you need the support or care of a Stephen Minister, or if you would like to become a Stephen Minister, you can begin the registration process here.
"My house shall be called a House of Prayer" Matthew 21:13
The foundation for Hope’s Prayer Team are it’s team members, folks with a heart for God, a love for God’s people, and confidence in God’s love and goodness, working in our lives each day.
The Ministry consists of two areas of service. Each Wednesday in Hope’s Prayer Room (Room 301), prayer warriors gather to pray for Hope's pastor, staff and congregation! It is open for anyone to come and pray, or to be prayed for, bringing your needs and concerns.
An additional group of prayer warriors commit to a 6 month term of service. Each team member is placed on a team and given a staff member to contact via email each week. They request prayer concerns from the staff person and along with their team, the prayer warriors commit to pray for the ministry area and each concern that is presented to them.
In need of prayer? We want to know and are waiting to pray with and for you! Please submit your request online. Be assured that your request is taken very seriously and will be kept confidential.
Hope attempts to support families in the midst of their loss and grief. Hope pastors & volunteers are available to meet with families in order to plan and conduct a service. Policies & Procedures are available by contacting us here.
The Samaritan Fund can offer temporary emergency financial assistance to members or regular attendees of Hope Church. Note: A member or regular attendee is someone we can verify attends Hope’s Worship Services at least twice per month for a minimum of six months, and is active in some form of ministry at Hope, unless at present there is an extenuating circumstance prohibiting their involvement (i.e., illness, family illness, etc.). Email us for more information.
A Caring Ministry team member will visit and pray with Hope members, visitors and/ or their immediate family while in the hospital. If you or a loved one would welcome visitation, make your request here.
Often, after being discharged from the hospital, the long process of rehabilitation or therapy continues. This ministry attempts to support and encourage individuals in the midst of their tedious journey of ongoing care needs due to illness or injury or reconstruction. Email us for more information.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 (KJV)
Hope offers Christ-centered counseling services to address relational, spiritual and mental health issues. Marital, family and individual counseling is available to adults and teens. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about counseling at Hope, email Anne Floyd, call her at 901-881-5857.
C.S. Lewis wrote "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. And no one ever told me about the laziness of grief. Meanwhile, where is God?"
If you find yourself wrestling with a season of grief, you know this can be a painful and confusing time. Grief can be one of the more life altering journeys that we face. The probable destinations are many, anywhere from greater wholeness to being stuck on the side of the road. Hope wants to make you aware of the various avenues of grief support, that can place you on the path to greater wholeness, a path that can take you from mourning to joy!
There are various avenues of grief support within the ministries of Hope and outside the walls of Hope. Children, teenagers and adults can and should be supported during the loss of a loved one. Email us for more information.
Hope has multiple recovery groups. Recovery brochures with specific time and group information are available at the Main Information Desk and Recovery tables throughout the building. Information is also available here. Email AmyPuddephatt, or Pat Kendall.
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