The Role of
The office of Deaconess is one of ministry and service to Jesus Christ through His church.
Eligibility: Deaconesses are chosen by Pastor Daniels and/or are the wife's of the Deacons
•They are full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3,5) •Full of wisdom (Acts 6:3) •Full of faith (Acts 6:5) •Worthy of respect, not a malicious gossip, but temperate and faithful in everything (1 Tim 3:10)
Roles in the Church:
On the 1st Saturday of the month (the Saturday before 1st Sunday) the communion trays have to be filled and set up for communion service.
To assist the candidates in preparing for baptism.
Cleaning and maintaining the clothing, towels and other garments used during baptismal.
After morning worship is over the communion table has to be cleared and reset. The trays and plates need to be transported from the sanctuary to the kitchen.
The table cloth is to be neatly folded and placed on a hanger. The trays are washed and dried. Cups are then put into the trays in preparation for the next months Communion service. The trays are then stored in the communion cabinet in the church office.
The Deaconess Ministry is also responsible for setting up for the Seder, which is held every Lenten season. The Deaconess Ministry is responsible for choosing the Mother of the Year in May. As well as hosting the annual Senior Saints Luncheon held in December.
Deaconesses accompany their husbands when they go out to administer communion to the sick and shut in. We also visit our members during hospitalizations, bereavement etc. On occasion we prepare meals for those we visit.
- Feeding/Clothing the Homeless
The Deaconesses are encouraged to participate and support the Feeding and Homeless Ministries in place at FBCC.
Meetings are usually one hour before the Joint Board Meetings that are held bi-monthly. If there are issues that require our immediate attention, we have a Called Meeting.
We recently held a Deaconess Workshop that gave us insight as to what our role as Deaconess is. (Rom 16:1-2)
As well as a training session to go over the procedures that are required for our position. (i.e., Communion, Baptism, etc.)
To work closely with the Mother’s Ministry as well as be readily available to assist the church body as needed.