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See how they love one another. These are the words of the Third Century historian Tertullian. He was quoting non-believers as they observed early Christian communities. Mutual care and support is part of every member’s covenant with this congregation. We accompany one another through times of joy and sorrow, times of success and loss, times of change, and perseverance.
Although pastoral care is continually provided by our pastoral staff, there are many ways for members to be involved in meeting the on-going needs of individuals and families within our congregation and community.
North provides support and care to our congregation in many different ways, including:
Specially trained lay persons offer distinctively Christian care through a listening ministry. Stephen Ministers receive 60 hours of training before being commissioned by the congregation. Stephen Ministers are paired one-on-one with persons who wish to talk confidentially about suffering various experiences of loss, broken relationships, or grief. To inquire about serving as a Stephen Minister or about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, contact us through a secure email.
Health Care Ministry
This ministry promotes physical, mental, and spiritual health through sharing information and educational programs. Look for our occasional programs known as Caring Conversations. The Health Ministries Team networks with members, individuals, and community groups to identify educational needs and then plans appropriate programs. This ministry also provides on-going activities, including blood pressure checks and wheel chair assistance at services.
The Special Needs/Accessibility task force engages in advocacy to make our facilities accessible to all. In addition, this task force promotes inclusion of persons with all types of special needs in our programs and activities.
On the first Saturday in December, North hosts an annual Christmas celebration for individuals with special needs residing in the Indianapolis area.
Contact: Pat Thorlton