The Deaconess Board at First Baptist of Rochester is a body of women elected for two years by the church body to serve our widows and shut ins. We are organized in a way that different deaconesses provide care to the different senior ladies on a rotational basis so that we may get to know different ladies along the term of our service. We meet once a month and exist based on the church constitution and are under the authority of the Senior Pastor and Deacons.
Our mission “is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and congregation of First Baptist Church of Rochester as stated in our church constitution. We give special attention to the visitation of the sick, elderly and widows.”
The motto we have chosen is based on Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially those who of the household of faith.”
Our mandate is “if anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:11
We provide care when requested in many ways, some of which are: providing transportation to doctor appointments or the store, visiting them in the hospital or in any way assistance is needed. The Deaconesses will send cards, take our dear ladies to lunch or just sit and chat when we come in contact. An arm around the shoulder or a hug is a great encouragement to our sweet ladies.
The Board also provides baby showers for any lady in the congregation who is having her first baby as a member of our church, even though they may have other children. We also prepare and serve funeral dinners for families that request a meal upon the death of a loved one. At times, we have also provided other special meals when requested.
During baptism, the Deaconesses provide assistance to the ladies and young women. We also cleanup after Communion services.
We especially enjoy our Ladies Spring Luncheon where we provide a nice meal for the ladies, an uplifting program and small gift reminds them how much we love them.
We serve with joy those who are in our care.