Congregational Care

Congregational Care Contacts

Paul Mullen | Minister of Congregational Care | | ext. 107

What We Offer

Koinonia is the Greek word for the kind of fellowship we strive for at Ardmore Baptist Church. Our congregation is a family of faith in which we go out of our way to care for one another and our neighbors in all of life’s experiences. We seek to build community among our members that brings support across the spectrum of our lives. This ministry area covers that commitment.

Ardmore Connections

After the resurrection of Jesus, the early disciples “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer” (Acts 2: 42). Fellowship and hospitality were vital to the early church.

During World War II, Coventry Cathedral in Britain was badly bombed. As a way of rebuilding their fellowship, small groups of people began to meet for a modest meal and conversation. They called these groups “foyers,” French for “hearthside,” implying the warmth of a close group of friends. In time, foyer groups developed across Britain and America. These groups of Christians shared a common love and concern for one another.

At Ardmore Baptist, foyer groups (called Ardmore Connections) are formed every fall and spring. Small groups of six to eight people gather monthly for dessert or a meal in each other's homes. Relationships are deepened by the simple joy of fellowship.

Register to join an Ardmore Connections group.

Caregiver Support

Caregiver SupportThis small group provides a safe, confidential, and encouraging place to meet with others who share the burdens of caregiving. The group is sponsored by Ardmore Baptist Church and is open to the community.

Meets 2nd Thursday of each month
7:00-8:30 pm
Ardmore Room, Ardmore Baptist Church

 We Offer

  • Group discussion about caregiving issues
  • Mutual support
  • A place to share feelings about caregiving issues
  • Resources for your caregiving needs
  • Information regarding community resources
  • Much more!

For further information, contact the church office. Please join us!

Family Relations Team

Mother Daughter TeaIn today’s busy world, taking time to strengthen our families is essential. This team plans events focused on building family relationships. Our most popular annual events are a Father/Daughter Dinner and Dance, a Mother/Daughter Tea, and a family scavenger hunt. Mother/Son and Father/Son events also will be planned.

Grief Support

Our Bereavement Ministry Team provides care to families of church members who have died, by providing a meal in our Fellowship Hall before or after the funeral service.

We also offer a Grief Support Group which meets as needed and requested to provide support for those who have lost a loved one. Grief is a painful process made easier by sharing with others who understand. The members provide compassionate understanding and real hope to each other in trusting and confidential relationships. Please contact the Paul Mullen if you need assistance and/or would like to be part of such a group.

Health and Wholeness Ministry

Dental ClinicThe purpose of Ardmore Baptist Church’s Health and Wholeness Ministry is to inspire, motivate, and serve our church family and community in matters relating to their physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness.

We believe that “well-being within religious traditions is not gauged by the absence of illness, anxiety or distress, but by the presence of God-in-relationship.” Wellness/Wholeness embraces the full concept of “shalom”, which refers to wholeness and harmony. It is not only the absence of strife, but the presence of positive blessings. It speaks to the prosperity of the whole person.

The Health and Wholeness Team is made up of representatives of the different fields of the health professions, as well as non-medical people. It is led and coordinated by Faith Community Nurse Debra Norris, a member of The Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program of Forsyth County.

Current Programs/Classes:

  • Flexibility & Balance Class
    Mondays at 11:00 a.m. - This class now meets at the Shepherd's Center. It focuses on connecting movement with breathing, stretching with relaxation, and the physical with the spiritual. It begins with deep breathing and centering, followed by movements that warm up the joints and spine. Heat-building movements warm up the muscles to prepare them for long, gentle stretches. Class ends with a period of deep relaxation. Participants need to bring a yoga mat and wear loose or stretchy exercise attire.
  • Chair ExercisesChair Exercises for Senior Adults
    Mondays at 11:15 a.m. - This class focuses on simples exercises done while seated or standing in place. We focus on cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance. We exercise for 45 minutes and then relax with light refreshments.

Home Ministry Team

HomeMinistryThe Home Ministry Team extends the compassionate support of the church to members who can no longer attend because of advanced age or illness. These very important members of the church family are home bound or reside at assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. The team members make monthly visits or contacts – and receive as many blessings as they give.

Deacon Encourager Team

Our deacons provide compassionate care to our members who face difficult times in their lives. They also support our Home Ministry Team by visiting homebound members and taking them communion as requested.

Marriage Enrichment

At Ardmore we work to strengthen marriages in a variety of ways. We offer Marriage 101 on Sunday mornings. This eight-week, video-based program allows couples to learn and talk together about the essentials of healthy marriages. Look for upcoming marriage enrichment retreats.

Movie Night Out

A monthly gathering of adults to watch a movie followed by a discussion of its theme is held the first Friday of each month (September through May). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with movie starting at 7:00p.m. Movie snacks, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available. Guests are welcome. Future movie titles and dates will be listed in the “Announcer” and on the lobby TV.

Young at Heart Club (formerly Senior Adult Club)

YAH LuncheonA happy mix of “Young at Heart” adults from different churches who meet together with one main objective: Fun! Our purpose is to help adults (of any age) stay engaged with life and each other through our monthly social gathering, entertaining and inspiring programs, and engaging conversation with friends. Programs are varied, and there’s something for everyone. Our members also reach out to our community by bringing a gift item for Crisis Control Ministries each month. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning at 10:15 a.m. and concluding with lunch. Enjoyable trips also are planned through the year.

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