We want to help, and the reason is expressed in the preamble to the Mandate of the Congregational Care Committee:
As members of the body of Christ, we are all called to embody Christ’s love and care for one another. Therefore, we all have individual and collective responsibility to provide care and to ensure that members of the body are cared for. Everyone in the community is encouraged to look for opportunities to provide care for others.
At First Hamilton care includes, but is not limited to,
- pastoral visits from one of our ministers or a friendly visitor
- rides to church for members unable to drive or use transit
- meals for families who have welcomed a new baby, or are experiencing unexpected illness or trauma
Care is also extended through
- participation in small study and prayer groups
- an informal exercise class
- youth groups
Our deacons take the lead in providing benevolence on a case-by-case basis, and new babies receive quilts, lovingly created by volunteers in our midst.
Crisis care is available for members experiencing serious relationship difficulties, severe illness, injury or bereavement. This kind of care may be provided by volunteers in our midst, a member of our pastoral team, or by a mental health professional, depending on the need.
Assistance is also offered members seeking help affording Christian education tuition, for four qualifying local Christian day schools with commitments to the Reformed faith: Calvin Christian School (Hamilton), Providence Christian School (Dundas), Oak Hill Academy (Ancaster), and Hamilton District Christian High School. Please fill out this form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a type of assistance that hasn’t been mentioned, please contact us to see whether we can provide what you need.