The Deacons of Central Baptist Church have a responsibility to care for our church members and reach out to others in our community.
Caring for People
A large part of caring for people is to look after their physical and spiritual needs. In consultation with the pastor, the Diaconate helps to plan the Sunday morning worship service, which includes providing worship leaders and ushers. On the first Sunday of the month, we prepare the elements of Communion and then assist the pastor in serving them to the congregation; one of our most sacred responsibilities. Other special celebrations include the Maundy Thursday Service…a reenactment of the Last Supper preceding Easter, and the wonderful Advent Family Candlelight Service. Following a Baptism Class, and with the recommendation of the pastor, Deacons interview the candidates and recommend them to the congregation for membership.
Outreach activities include visiting those who are in nursing homes, and hospitals, sending birthday & anniversary postcards to members, and giving holiday gift cards to assist members in need. We also maintain a fund for those in our congregation and outside it, who need a helping hand. Some Deacons and other church members, help to cook and serve at the Westfield Soup Kitchen 4 times a year, and also at the free monthly community Pancake Breakfast held at Central Baptist. Transportation for people wishing to attend church services and activities is provided by some Deacons and other church members.
Immediately following the Sunday worship service, the Deacons prepare a monthly Coffee Hour…a time for sharing and Christian fellowship.