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									                                OVA Parish Ministries Conference

                                     The Heart Assured:
                                Works of Love in Deed and Truth


Overview
Impression & Highlights

Welcome Reception

Conference Themes
    Outreach - Going Beyond
    Best kept secret
    Fill a Growing Need
    Thirst for return to the original Christian teachings

Areas of Outreach
          1. Within the Parish
              Extending to those perhaps left or in need,
              i.e., shut-ins, sick, elderly, young families, newcomers

           2. Local Community
              Helping those in need in the larger community

           3. Global Outreach

Keynote: Outreach in Healthy Parishes
Archbishop Seraphim

Theme:
    Leadership – authority is God given
    “As is the Priest, so is the Parish”
    Following in love and repentance
    Practice hospitality, acceptance and welcoming of all
    Importance of Laity - their ministries and gifts

Keynote: Clergy & Laity Expectations of One Another
Fr. Andrew Morbey, John Rybicki

Theme:
    Parishioners‟ expectations: communications to be clear; Pastoral sensibility and sensitivity
    Clergy expectations: Desire for Parishioners to grown in their faith, be appreciative
      sacraments, Eucharist, liturgical life, and minister to one another

“We forget that the primary work of the Orthodox Church is the salvation of human souls, the
redemption of the human race, the transformation of cultures.”
 Metropolitan Theodosius, 12th All American Council, 1999.
Helping Those in Need
Archbishop Seraphim, Fr. David Garretson

Within the Parish
    „In reach group to take care of Parishioners‟ needs
    Small prayer groups
    Grapevine/call lists
    Pastoral education
    Large print Bibles
    Handicap access
Keep the Priest informed

In the Larger Community
    “Close your eyes – What would happen if the parish wasn’t there?” “Who would notice?”
    “Does the Church have a presence?”
     If the Church exists only for the members – it‟s a club – “ingrown sect”

Champion Laity Ministries
Motivation to engage in ministry: What helps?
    A desire and focus on a genuine need of the parish/community
    A prayerful attitude of the faithful on the focus
Barriers to engage in ministry: dealing with change
    Conflicting traditions and customs within parish life

How to make the church rooted in a community?
   Contact Social Service Agencies, Salvation Army, Battered Women‟s Shelters, Pregnancy
      Counseling Centers, Homeless Shelters, Schools, Visiting Nurse Association
   Be sure there is „buy in‟ from the church
   Check in with and listen to what the community needs
      Ex. school supplies for children, turkeys, baskets, soup kitchen, shelter/homeless support
   Open the Church to Meetings., e.g., AA & Alanon; English as 2nd Language classes
   Helping families /immigrants get settled
   St Nicholas Cupboard – Christmas food donations for others to take anonymously
   Gifts for children of parents in prison
   Rummage sale


Specific Examples of Helping those in Need

Visitation Ministries
Engaging the Parish in Ministry
The Rev. Steven Voytovich, D. Min., Director, Department of Institutional Chaplains

Champion Laity Ministries
Ministry as a Sacrament
    Ministry is not an elective for us; it is a significant required aspect of our lives as Christians
       that ultimately connects us back once again the Eucharist.
    Visitation ministry is a way for us to know our neighbors and ourselves more fully while
       being good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us.

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Prison Ministries
     Prayer for inmates, guards, and workers
     Care of kids while spouse visits
     Pen pal (use church as return address)

Parishioners with Special Needs (including children with learning disabilities)


Supporting the Hungry and Homeless


Expanding Our Parish Life: Including those too often left out
Nancy Van Dyken

Think about their needs:

    Elderly: feeling respected, needed, health concerns legal issues, overcoming grief,
     transportation, nutrition, housing help

    Young: Infants need to feel safe, middle school boys 14-16 may be vulnerability, orphans
     need foster care, transient lifestyle

    Poor: May lack options, be out of the mainstream

    Illness: creates isolation, depression, may need meals, house maintenance, vigil for
     terminally ill (48 hours) training by Hospice professionals

Widows: Alienation loneliness
Divorces Persons: exclusion, disconnect loneliness
Military:
College Students Young Adults
Singles
Yond Families
Newcomers
What can we do?
    Elderly/Ill: Care Teams: visitation, transportation, house maintenance (handyman), help with
        forms, insurance, meals
    Young: adopt a school, summer camp scholarships, welcome kits for orphans,
    General: community health fare, card ministry, call ministry.
    Illness: vigil for terminally ill (48 hours) training by Hospice professionals

      Visitation Ministries
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      Parishioners‟ with special needs, including children with learning disabilities
      Althzmeizers




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