Centenary UMC schedules visits and care for those who are unable to easily leave their homes. This ministry helps maintain connection with the members of the church, or those who need some personal contact with the larger world. Services include:
- Monthly visits by parish visitor Jarice Crenshaw who has been making visits since September 1, 2006.
- Random visits and phone calls by circle members to their shut-in members especially during times of stress or illness.
- Birthday cards sent to each of the shut-ins in recognition of their special day.
- Love visitation with cookie/fruit plates by United Methodist Women in February and August–annually.
- Hope Circle members visit with cookies/flowers in March & October annually. The circle members also go Christmas caroling annually to shut-ins.
- Sunday school classes go Christmas caroling to shut-ins.
- Mailings include Christmas & Easter cards annually. Weekly Mini Messenger that includes Home Touch Ministry. This mailing consists of a devotional page giving hope and encouragement with Bible readings and verses. The reverse side of page consists of game and puzzles.
- The Upper Room is available for 2 months in small & large print upon request.
- Monthly Communion is delivered and administered by Centenary’s Parish Visitor, Jarice Crenshaw.
- New or used Christmas and greeting cards are donated by Centenary members and are delivered annually to local nursing homes that are used by residents to make craft items or send to their friends or family to maintain social connections.
Thank You Notes From Our Shut-Ins
- Thank you for the delicious plate of cookies. I appreciate your kindness. Also, thank you for the birthday cards. Doris
- Thank you for the delicious cookies and the nice visit from Wanda Sorrill. Both were very much appreciated. Midge
- What a nice surprise when on February 3, a knock on my door turned out to be LuAnne W. bringing me a plate of cookies. After many years of giving cookies for the Love Visitations, I was on the other end. They were so good. Thank you for thinking of me. God Bless. Sharon W.
- Thank you for the delicious cookies and for Bob and Mary D’s visit. Both were very welcome in the cold, wintry weather. Eve L.
- Thank you to the Ladies that brought the cookies. I enjoyed the variety. I limited them to one a day. Thank you and God Bless. Mildred M.
- To the Cookie Ladies, Thanks for being so thoughtful. Your kindness is appreciated. Thank you. Betty T.
- Dear Ladies, Many thanks to each of you for the cookies you delivered to Tom’s mother, Esther, who now lives at Barton Stone. She and her roommate, Mrs. Sweet, are enjoying all of them. All of the residents at any nursing home like to be remembered. God bless each of you. Tamara, Tom, and Esther
- To: Centenary United Methodist Women, Thank you for the delicious cookies and fruit you delivered to me. Thank you also to Bonita D. for taking time for a short visit. Both were much appreciated. Harriet P.