Gail Hurst, a member of Central, founded this ministry in 1996. The principal purpose of HUGS is to fill the needs of members who are not being cared for by a Sunday School class or United Methodist Women.
Who doesn’t need a hug? God in His wisdom did not create us to go it alone. He created us to spend time with one another in fellowship. He intended for us to edify one another, break bread with one another, pray for one another, and mourn with one another. Spending time with other believers helps us to grow in our relationship with Christ and better equips us to serve the world – something we are reminded of each time we enter the church sanctuary. Paul tells the people of Ephesus “to look out not only for [their] own interests, but also for the interests of others. Throughout the Bible we are reminded to support each other on this life journey. The Hugs Ministry takes this challenge seriously. We want to be there for members of our church family in times of joy and times of sorrow. Whether it is to deliver a meal, provide yard services, sit with a sick friend, solve transportation needs, or deliver communion; this ministry team is more than willing to assist. However, we need help from you! Help us by being the eyes and ears for the church and let us know how we can serve those who have a need. If you need a hug, we want to be there for you. If you like giving hugs, we would love for you to join our team. Help us do what we are called to do when Jesus commanded us to love one another just as He has loved us, and through our actions everyone will know we are His disciples.
HUGS has volunteers who will help with assorted needs:
- helps with household repairs for those who do not have other resources
- provides the funeral meal if a member of the church dies and does not belong to a small group or Sunday school
- takes communion to shut-ins and send get well and sympathy cards
- finds someone to transport a member to a doctor’s appointment
- (during the school year) provides take-out meals from the Wednesday church dinners with help from Loaves and Fishes and (in the summer), provide meals each Wednesday night to our shut-ins.
- assembles “care packages” including water, snacks, and activity books for members and their family in the hospital
- delivers the “care packages” twice a week
- assembles emergency lunches that are given to people who drop by our church in need of food
- contacts those members who have missed church three consecutive Sundays to check on them and see if they are in need of help or prayer.
HUGS is here to help anyone who has a need not met by another group. Please call the church office or Beth Adams.