Care Ministries


Care Ministries

Care Team

Our Care Team provides special care to those in need – whether it be those who are hospitalized or sick and shut-in at home, or just those in the congregation that may need a little extra care and support.
For more information, please contact the church office.

 
Caring Hands/Prayer Shawl Ministry

Caring Hands, Ashford’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, is open to all who are interested in using needle arts to encourage, comfort, support, and love God’s people. We usually meet every first & third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the church library to work, pray, share, fellowship, and bless any items that have been completed. Meeting attendance is not required to participate. Free training and materials provided.
The ministry provides Congregational Care through the distribution of prayer shawls, baby blankets, scarves, and lap robes to those in need of comfort and support. We have provided…

• Scarves for the Homeless – Church Under the Bridge
• Blankets for West Houston NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit)
• Blankets, shawls, and lap robes for Texas Wildfire Victims
For more information, please contact the church office.

 

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.
The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.
They involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer.

To learn more, visit the Kairos Prison Ministry website. To volunteer for Kairos at Ashford, contact the church office.

Prayer Service of Wholeness

Anyone who is struggling with any situation in life is invited to join us as we gather to pray and support one another (every second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary). Participants are offered the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and prayer or to simply pray silently as you are led.
Scripture strongly affirms ministries of healing. The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness.
Spiritual healing is God’s work. Persons find balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation between God and humanity, among individuals and communities, within each person, and between humanity and the rest of creation. Healing is not magic nor is it “cure” in this context, which is why we prefer the word wholeness. Underlying healing and wholeness is the great mystery of God’s unfailing love for each one of us.
God does not promise that we will be spared suffering but God does promise to be with us in our suffering. When we are able to trust that promise, we can recognize God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement.
A Service of Prayer for Wholeness provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes happens, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are mended. For the Christian, the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one’s relationship with God in Christ.
Anointing the forehead with oil is a “sign-act” which invokes the healing love of God. The oil points beyond itself and those doing the anointing to the action of the Holy Spirit and the presence of the healing Christ, who is the “Anointed One.” Laying on of hands shows the power of touch, which plays a central role in the healings recorded in the New Testament. Touch is a tangible expression of the presence of the Christ the Healer, working in and through those who pray in this way.

For more information, contact Rev. Cindy Serio. Also visit: Mosaic Spiritual Formation Ministry

Excerpts and adaptation of UM Book of Worship, p. 613-614

Ashford United Methodist Church

2201 S. Dairy Ashford Rd.,

Houston, TX 77077

P: 281-497-1146

F: 281-497-7574

AUMC@AshfordUMC.org

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