InTouch Ministries provide congregational care by embracing a model of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through lay and pastoral care, the mission of InTouch is to love our neighbors through caring acts, which bring healing and health to those in need.
Since its inception in 2009, the goal of InTouch Ministries has been to empower our St. Andrew family members, by being well nurtured and loved, to share the healing love of God in the wider community and world.
Several of the in-person groups listed are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is available by contacting Gina Riendeau.
InTouch Ministries include:
Hand-crocheted car seat-sized blankets are given to new parents and grandparents.
Christmas care boxes which include handmade treats and other goodies assembled and delivered to those in our St. Andrew family who have had a rough year.
On the second Sunday of each month, volunteer health care professionals check blood pressures in the church office. This ministry is suspended during the Covid pandemic.
This ministry group creates handmade greeting cards which are used by other InTouch ministries to send a handwritten note of encouragement.
Yoga by Adrienne
Enjoy a video-led yoga class with others on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Intersection. that meets twice weekly. Yoga mats and blocks are available if needed. There is never a charge and no experience is necessary. Call Angie Thomas (903-520-1140). Starts August 5, 2021.
Young at Heart
Young at Heart senior (low-impact) aerobics class meets in the Intersection on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Developed by nursing personnel at Purdue, the routines gently strengthen all areas of the body. Bring your own exercise mat. Enrollment is limited to room capacity; for more information, contact Vic Abell at (765) 463-6865.
A weekly card writing group that sends notes of encouragement, love and compassion to those in our St. Andrew family.
A meal ministry which includes weekly hot meal delivery or freezer meals for those who may have long-term health issues.
This group provides assistance for those who are navigating mental health and addiction treatment.
Communion services are provided at local retirement and rehab facilities for any resident who desires to receive Communion. At the present time they are being provided at Westminster Village only until COVID restrictions are lifted. Personal communion is taken to shut-ins.
This dedicated group of prayer warriors commit to pray for others as prayer requests arise.
A card-writing group that periodically sends cards to those who have lost a loved one.
Third Thirty (includes CareRing ministries of telephone connections and more)
Third Thirty encompasses our emerging older adult ministries. Although the COVID pandemic has restricted our ability to gather or visit, volunteers and staff continue to follow up with those who are chronically ill or isolated. CareRing volunteers make phone calls to check on our oldest church members.
Free garden plots are available in season to those who are willing to donate at least 10% of the produce to the food insecure. Plot assignments are usually made in early spring.
Touchstones is a grief group that meets for six weeks for those who have lost a loved one. The Suicide Grief Group meets monthly. Stephen Ministry Grief books are mailed the first year after the death of a loved one.
Receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sign up at www.griefshare.org (scroll slightly down the page for a link to sign up).
All in-person groups are not currently meeting due to the Covid pandemic. Resources are available upon request.
For more information and to get involved, contact Gina Riendeau, Director of InTouch Ministries.