Expressions of Care

How We Care for People within The Bath Church?

Pastoral Care: 

Our pastors and professional staff are available to provide pastoral/spiritual care from the office, in your home, in the hospital, senior living facility, nursing facility, and also via phone or email.


Stephen Ministry: Marcia Patterson

Stephen Ministers provide a one-to-one caring ministry to people experiencing grief, divorce, loneliness, job loss, hospitalization, and many life difficulties.  Stephen Ministers are prayerfully-matched with people who are going through a stressful time or life difficulty.  A Stephen Minister meets with this person once-a-week for about an hour to listen, care, encourage, and pray.  The Stephen Minister brings Christ’s presence into the person’s life and also experiences Christ in the other person.  It’s really a life-changing ministry for both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister.  The ministry is available for members and non-members. Click here for more information.

Samaritan Ministry: Martha Salem

Samaritan Ministers visit shut-ins monthly, and also assist in providing meals and transportation on a short-term basis.  They also send flowers and cards for the hospitalized, sick, grieving, and also many who are celebrating significant birthdays or anniversaries.

Prayer Chain: Rev. Maureen Webber

These volunteers agree to pray daily for people who request prayer (members or non-members).  Our policy includes requesting and being granted permission by the person who is to be placed on the prayer chain.  The requests are submitted in writing and any request not updated in 30 days will be removed.   Updates should be made every 2 weeks by phone, email or written note even if there is “no change” in the individual’s situation.  Please contact Maureen with your prayer requests.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Nancy Schrader

These volunteers knit or crochet prayer shawls.  They meet monthly to share together and bless the shawls.  The sacred shawls are given to people who need healing, comfort, encouragement.  People wrap themselves in the love and prayers woven into every stitch. Open to church members and non-members.

Breadwinners: Mary Jo Bethem & Susan Bresnahan

What says care better than the aroma, warmth, and taste of fresh baked home made bread.  These volunteers meet monthly to prepare and deliver bread to those for whom we have provided special care, for some celebrations, and for new members.

Anointing for Healing

Anointing is offered during worship on the 3rd Sunday each month.  The ritual of Anointing for Healing is an ancient practice of the church.  During the offering, you are invited to come forward for yourself or for another to receive anointing from one of the pastors or health care ministers.

Worship Services

We believe that being together in worship is also an expression of caring and healing.  Whomever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

To receive care from any of the above, to volunteer, or for more information, contact the church office 330-666-3520 or


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