Caring for Others

We believe caring for others and building community are ways to share God’s love with the world
Hills Church photo Caring for Others Deacon serving communion with Sarah distributing the elements

Board of Deacons / Spiritual Care Support Board

As ordained representatives of the church, Deacons assist the ministers in leading the congregation spiritually by

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    Welcoming new members

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    Distributing Communion and witnessing & welcoming at Baptisms

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    Coordinating care of the congregation with Care Team Ministry

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    “Filling the pulpit”: calling ministers to the church

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    Coordinating lay-led worship services during the church

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    Providing greeters, hosts, and ushers for church services

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    Decorating our sanctuaries

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    Sponsoring church wide and special events to build community

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    Sponsoring Advent and Lenten groups

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    Leading special meetings and church retreats

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    Supporting the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

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    Organizing memorial teas

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    Delivering holiday cards and flowers

Care Ministry Teams & Community Groups

Please consider joining one of these small group communities to make new friends
and to help others in our congregation

Care ministry team

Reaches out to members of the congregation experiencing life’s joys, sorrows, and other challenges. Each week clergy suggest individuals who might benefit from special care, and four Care Teams rotate being responsible for kindnesses, such as checking in with a phone call, writing encouraging cards, providing meals or rides.

Caring for the Caregiver

Provides mutual support and comfort to caregivers of spouses, adult children, grandchildren, relatives, and family members.

Chancel Ministry Team

Decorates the church’s main sanctuary and the one in Wallace Chapel throughout the year with special emphasis upon making them beautiful for Easter and Christmas.

Connections

An informal evening gathering open to all women in the church, held monthly, hosted in someone’s home. The goal is to share life experiences and book & film recommendations, laugh, eat goodies, and enjoy each other’s friendship. (During the pandemic the gathering happens on Zoom.)

Cup of Monday Morning Coffee

Bring your favorite cup of coffee/tea, sit outside in God’s sanctuary, settle in, and join a prayerful time of reflection and connection on Monday mornings @ 7am on Facebook on a private FB group. We will practice the breath prayer; breathe in the Creator’s bounty and breathe out your stress as a way to be still and know that God is with you.

New Beginnings

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation. Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.

Website: newbeginningswellesley.org

Parish Life

Fosters community and caring within the congregation by facilitating social activities and opportunities for fellowship to develop personal relationships and to contribute to the life of the church family. Regular events include an outdoor ice cream social on Rally Day and (during non-Covid times) a Souper Sunday meal and a multi-generational Hoedown.

Prayer Shawls & Red Scarves

The support and love of the congregation is made tangible in beautiful prayer shawls knit by talented members and distributed by the ministers during pastoral visits. White blankets are presented as gifts to those receiving the sacrament of baptism, and graduating seniors in high school are given red scarves wrapped around them during worship by their parents as a blessing.

Seniors Ministry

Supports and encourages the senior members of the church through monthly get-togethers, programs, recitals, and teas either in-person (in non-Covid times) or on Zoom. The emphasis is on checking in with friends, maintaining valued relationships with the church and each other, and having fun.

Tuesday Morning Meditation Ministry

Provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness and challenges of our days and pause for an hour to explore the spiritual practice of meditation; to experience how this ancient practice of “resting in God” through simple breathing exercises, stillness, and prayer, can lower blood pressure, enrich our days, and deepen our faith journeys.

Women’s Ministry

Seeks to engage and embrace all women of the church in Christian fellowship by offering meaningful opportunities for women to come together to develop communities for sharing, caring for themselves and others, and spiritual growth.

Care ministry team

Reaches out to members of the congregation experiencing life’s joys, sorrows, and other challenges. Each week clergy suggest individuals who might benefit from special care, and four Care Teams rotate being responsible for kindnesses, such as checking in with a phone call, writing encouraging cards, providing meals or rides.

Caring for the Caregiver

Provides mutual support and comfort to caregivers of spouses, adult children, grandchildren, relatives, and family members.

Chancel Ministry Team

Decorates the church’s main sanctuary and the one in Wallace Chapel throughout the year with special emphasis upon making them beautiful for Easter and Christmas.

Connections

An informal evening gathering open to all women in the church, held monthly, hosted in someone’s home. The goal is to share life experiences and book & film recommendations, laugh, eat goodies, and enjoy each other’s friendship. (During the pandemic the gathering happens on Zoom.)

Cup of Monday Morning Coffee

Bring your favorite cup of coffee/tea, sit outside in God’s sanctuary, settle in, and join a prayerful time of reflection and connection on Monday mornings @ 7am on Facebook on a private FB group. We will practice the breath prayer; breathe in the Creator’s bounty and breathe out your stress as a way to be still and know that God is with you.

New Beginnings

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation. Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.

Website: newbeginningswellesley.org

Parish Life

Fosters community and caring within the congregation by facilitating social activities and opportunities for fellowship to develop personal relationships and to contribute to the life of the church family. Regular events include an outdoor ice cream social on Rally Day and (during non-Covid times) a Souper Sunday meal and a multi-generational Hoedown.

Prayer Shawls & Red Scarves

The support and love of the congregation is made tangible in beautiful prayer shawls knit by talented members and distributed by the ministers during pastoral visits. White blankets are presented as gifts to those receiving the sacrament of baptism, and graduating seniors in high school are given red scarves wrapped around them during worship by their parents as a blessing.

Seniors Ministry

Supports and encourages the senior members of the church through monthly get-togethers, programs, recitals, and teas either in-person (in non-Covid times) or on Zoom. The emphasis is on checking in with friends, maintaining valued relationships with the church and each other, and having fun.

Tuesday Morning Meditation Ministry

Provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness and challenges of our days and pause for an hour to explore the spiritual practice of meditation; to experience how this ancient practice of “resting in God” through simple breathing exercises, stillness, and prayer, can lower blood pressure, enrich our days, and deepen our faith journeys.

Women’s Ministry

Seeks to engage and embrace all women of the church in Christian fellowship by offering meaningful opportunities for women to come together to develop communities for sharing, caring for themselves and others, and spiritual growth.

Hills Church photo Advent candle with stained glass backdrop

Other Ways We Care for Our Neighbors

We are called upon to be good neighbors in our community and are thankful for the opportunity to provide space to other groups in Wellesley providing valuable community services. These groups include:

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    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem.

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    Arts Enrichment Network collaborates with educators and artists to bring arts experiences to students of all ages and abilities while inspiring creativity and imagination.

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    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots effort dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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    New Beginnings

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    Wellesley Food Pantry

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    Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills furthers church’s mission of caring for and educating children by offering a licensed, non-denominational preschool open to the general public