CONGREGATIONAL & KINSHIP CARE
MS. JERRISA P. CARTER, CHAIR
At The Open Church, we believe that everyone is a minister and has gifts, skills, and experiences that can edify the congregation and enhance the world. Thus, ministry is not the “exclusive possession” of the clergy. Ministry is what the entire congregation does.
In all aspects of ministry, The Open Church seeks to empower the entire congregation for active participation. We especially invite the congregation to provide care for one another in times of joy and sorrow. As we often say, we are a care-full congregation, and as sisters and brothers made in the image of our Heavenly Father who is Divine Mother of us all, we are all kinfolk.
Kinship Care at The Open Church is how we care for each other by encouragement, visitation, intercessory prayer, and other acts of kindness as people experience sickness, stress, death, and other times of sorrow as well as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other joyous occasions.
At The Open church, we believe that in order to be whole each person needs at least three hugs a day. So, we hug each other a lot. Kinship Care is another form of hugging—the holy embrace of each other that leads to healing