What is Care Guild?
Ever wonder what’s up with Care Guild? Each month you may (or may not) notice in the bulletin a line stating: The Care Guild lead for August is Barb Gooden. What’s a “lead” and why would you need to contact one?
Well, I have been a co-chair with Care Guild for at least five years—maybe six or seven—and it took me a little time to figure it all out too. Plus, we have revamped and updated a bit of what we do.
Care Guild simply takes care of our Kenilworth Union members. We are one of the six committees under Congregational Care. Yearly, we have over 60 volunteers who are there just to help you or a family member. Each month there are about 10 to 20 people helped by Care Guild—that’s over 200 households each year!
The guild is made up of a few groups including:
- Teams— one team per month with one lead and three to four members. The team is ready and waiting to write notes to those who are sick, sad or healing. The teams deliver meals, help with rides, visit and write cards to those in need.
- Cooks— a fabulous group with members who cook many, many meals throughout the year and stocks our Care Guild freezer.
- Drivers— volunteers willing to drive members who are unable to drive to events or services at church.
- Caring Connections—another wonderful and newer group of volunteers who make visits to our members who may not be able to get to church regularly or are not able to be as social as they use to be. Caring Connections can provide occasional visits or ongoing companionship.
So there you have it: Care Guild. It is what makes our church a church, I think. It is reaching out to fellow church members who need a little help. It’s providing fellowship and care. It’s easy, fun, and doesn’t take much time, but it means a world of difference to someone hurting, someone needing a lift, someone who needs a little extra care.
How can you help? Contact me and I will sign you up. You can pick a job that best fits your schedule and your interests and even choose the month or months that work best for you. You can also sign up by visiting our website.
We especially need more help during the 2015 summer months!
I look forward to having you join Care Guild and hope to see you at our Kick-Off Luncheon in the fall.
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:10