There are times when you need someone to listen, to be present, to be an advocate. Although we are a large congregation, it is the Care Ministry’s mission to provide care and support to families and individuals in a personal and compassionate way and to provide an atmosphere and opportunity to sense God’s presence and provision.
Here is a brief overview of the Reid Temple Care Ministries:
CANCER SUPPORT MINISTRY
“Celebrating the promises of God!”
The members of Reid Temple’s Cancer Support Group Ministry provide Christian comfort and compassionate spiritual support to persons whose lives have been touched by cancer. They organize and coordinate cancer prevention workshops and awareness events, maintain a cancer information clearinghouse, and work with national and local health organizations to develop useful resource tools for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends.
This ministry meets every 4th Thursday at 7:00pm on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.
Sis. Shirley Harrison, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 422.
The members of Reid Temple’s Bereavement Ministry are called upon to prepare and serve the repast meals that the church offers to the families and friends of deceased members after each funeral service. In that role, they are expected to demonstrate both compassion and efficiency: ensuring that all foods are prepared according to the family’s wishes, maintaining a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, and serving all guests in timely fashion. They are also responsible for clean up after each funeral banquet and for restoring the repast hall to its original order.
Contact the Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 402, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times. This ministry meets on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.
PATHWAYS FOR LIFE MINISTRY: HIV/AIDS
Reid Temple’s Pathway to Life Ministry is dedicated to empowering the members of our church and the broader community to eliminate the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Through education and service, this ministry provides a broad range of supports to people with HIV/AIDS, their caretakers, spouses, partners, children, and others—without regard to their sexual orientation, age, race, disability, or financial status. Pathway to Life ministers offer prayer and spiritual guidance to anyone infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. They also conduct HIV/AIDS prevention education activities for youth and adults; develop and distribute HIV/AIDS awareness materials; and make referrals for medical, mental health, and social services.
This ministry meets every 4th Tuesday at 7:00pm on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.
Contact Dr. Lenora McClain, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 403.
PRAYER MINISTRY: PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS (P.U.S.H)
“The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.” (James 5:16)
Members of other Reid Temple ministries and lay members who feel the special call to intercessory prayer are welcome to participate in this ministry. P.U.S.H. members come together to pray for all those who request special prayer during worship services. They also are tasked to pray for the church; for the community, nation, and world; and in response to various individual and group prayer needs upon request. The P.U.S.H. Ministry is available for persons requesting special prayer after every Sunday worship service. It also meets every Saturday morning at 6:00am on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.
Contact Rev. Denise Moody, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 454.
This ministry offers fellowship and support to all unmarried persons—whether they are members of Reid Temple or not, churched or unchurched—including those who are divorced or widowed and men and women who have never been married. Its mission is to empower single adults to build and maintain healthy, happy, and Christ-centered lives. This ministry has monthly meetings and fellowship events bi-monthly at the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.
Contact Rev. Lisa Purvis, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 461.
TOUCH OF FAITH MINISTRY
The Reid Temple Touch of Faith Ministry provides comfort and a support system for sick and shut-in members of the church and their families. Through visitations by telephone or in person at a home or health care facility, ministry members touch the lives of those who cannot physically attend church services due to illness, injury, or care-giving responsibilities. They reach out to the sick and shut-in through prayer, the reading of scriptures, and the ministry of presence. They also arrange for absentee church members to receive communion by ordained clergy as well as CD’s of videotaped church services. Members interested in serving in this ministry must be comfortable being around sick persons and sensitive to a wide variety of health concerns.
Contact Rev. Odessa Simpson, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 469, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times. This ministry meets on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.