For Each Other
Metropolitan’s Congregational Care Ministry offers comfort, care and encouragement to all members of our church family. This team actively seeks out those with mental, physical, social or spiritual needs as it recruits volunteers and prepares them to help in a skillful way. All come together as equals in confidentiality with an intent to be fully present. The team relies with trusting faith on prayer, generous listening, Christ’s example and God’s presence during times of challenge or transition.
The Prayer Chain team prays daily for persons with special concerns. This ministry supports those facing illness, bereavement, family crisis or other difficulties. Anyone may add their confidential requests by contacting one of Metropolitan’s ministers, submitting a prayer concern below, or by completing a prayer request card available in the pews on Sunday morning (for deposit in the offering plate or church office). The team also gathers every Sunday to pray over each pew before the worship services. To learn more, contact Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson.
Stephen Ministry is a lay support for persons seeking a caring presence in the midst of difficult times. Stephen Ministers undergo fifty hours of training in one-to-one care for the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed or others in crisis. People in need receive Christ-centered, confidential care for as long as necessary. The lay caregivers discover and cultivate their spiritual gifts under the supervision of our ordained ministers. This ministry centers on listening and prayer. It is not psychotherapy but rather a shared journey toward emotional and spiritual well-being. To train as a Stephen Minister or to request the support of one, please contact lay leader Chuck Cochran or Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson.
As a community of followers of Jesus Christ, the Visitors' Corps seeks to live out the commandment "that you love one another as I have loved you" by visiting persons within the Metropolitan community who are homebound, in nursing homes, or experience social or spiritual isolation. It is our belief that the ministry of presence that we provide and lift a person spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, strengthening their relationship with this church and with God. To join the team or request a visit, contact Eugenia Evans or leave a message for Eugenia Evans by calling the church office, 202.363.4900, ext. 104.
The Wellness Committee
The Wellness Committee is a health ministry team that assesses and plans activities related to the holistic health needs of the congregation. Their mission is to encourage people to take positive action to enhance wellness and prevention of illness. Spirituality is the core of all effort to integrate physical, mental and social health. This holistic approach generates harmony among participants, the natural environment and God. Its projects are catalysts for engaging the wider church community in promoting personal and congregational wellness. Activities have included a Wellness Fair, CPR/AED training and a broad range of educational events and new ministries. The committee meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Susan Roach.
A bereavement ministry team sends CareNotes and other supportive mailings to all those suffering loss. Family or friends may inscribe the name of a loved one into Metropolitan’s Book of Departed Saints that is lifted in prayer every year during All Saints Sunday worship. The sacred ritual of writing the names of those deceased can offer comfort during times of grief. This ministry is sponsored by the Wellness Committee. Contact: Susan Roach or Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson for more information.
Support Teams Ministry
The Support Team Ministry recruits and coordinates volunteers to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support to persons with health concerns or other special requirements. The program identifies what the volunteers enjoy doing and carefully matches each to someone with specific requests for help. This coordinated approach allows volunteers to offer their unique skills to others within a realistic time frame. If your small group or Sunday School Class would like an information session, or for more information, please contact Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson or or Susan Roach.
Members of our Transportation Ministry bring members unable to drive themselves to church. The team is actively recruiting new drivers to convey church members with this need. To request or provide rides, contact Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson, 202-363-4900, ext. 104.