Nursing Home Ministry


First Baptist Church of Sylva has a history of providing worship services  for the care facilities of the community.  On the first Wednesday of each month, we visit Morning Star Assisted Living at 10 a.m., and go to Skyland following that.  The residents there look forward to the message and the music, and mostly, I think that they value the time of greeting before and after the brief services.  Most the time, Jeff offers prayer and devotion, and Bob leads music, with Barbara Vance accompanying the hymns.  However, many others have contributed to the leadership roles for these services.  We try to have several singers there to "make a joyful noise!"  (We could really use some help with this--our numbers are down for several reasons.) 

In addition to these, our church offers worship on five Sunday afternoons at 2 or 3 p.m. at Morning Star, Skyland, The Hermitage, and Blue Ridge on the Mountain.  A team from the Women's Missionary Union (WMU) and the Baptist Men divide these responsibilities, and we do our best to make this a lay ministry project.

This Sunday, January 13, the men will be in charge of the service at 2 at Blue Ridge on the Mountain, and we invite you to join us.  You would make some of those folks very happy, if you were to sit next to them during the service.  Some have very few people to visit them.  To be sure, it wouldn't be anyone's "choice" to live in a care facility.  I know that if I were to find myself placed there at some point, I would sincerely appreciate the worship experiences, and those who provided them.  Is God calling you to serve Him in this ministry?

Bob Holquist