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What Does a Deacon Do?

“The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.”

—The PC(USA) Book of Order

At Frederick Presbyterian, deacons are charged with responding in action to Jesus Christ’s commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Deacons offer sympathy, witness, and service, responding to the needs of our congregation, with a special focus on those who are sick, infirm, or have special needs. FPC deacons:

Provide support through prayer, outreach, and assistance—

  • Visiting patients at Frederick Health Hospital.
  • Listening to congregants’ personal cares and concerns.
  • Assisting with those needing transportation or help to secure critical resources, including home repairs.
  • Serving on the prayer team, which is available to all each Sunday after Worship.
  • Helping to lead Worship.

Offer fellowship and Communion to those with limited access—

  • Making personal visits to congregants who are homebound or vulnerable.
  • Bringing  Communion to congregants who are homebound and to those residing in care centers.
  • Helping host special gatherings.

Celebrate joys and share sorrow with those experiencing difficult times—

  • Making blankets for new babies.
  • Assisting with funerals.

How can we help?