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 Deacons Ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disbursing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation. Deacons shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them by the session, including assisting with the Lord's Supper.
Deacons Areas of Ministry at Wayside:
- Assist in serving the Lord's Supper every other month
- Care of the Sick
- Grief Ministry
- Care of the Hungry
- Community Care
- Wedding Assistants
- Care of Visitors
- Visitation of Older Adults
- Meal Delivery for Those in Need
- New Baby Meals
- Nursing Ministry
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Drivers to doctor appointments and to church
- Advocacy Team
The Session is the governing body of every Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation. Here at Wayside it is comprised of fifteen Ruling Elders, the Clerk and both Pastors. Session meets most months on the second Wednesday, as well as at other times for called meetings. The elders of Session are responsible for all the ministries of the church, some of which they delegate to the Deacons, Trustees and others.
The Session itself has committees which meet monthly including:
- Spiritual Nurture & Education
- Congregational Development & Nurture
- Worship, Music & Fine Arts
The Board of Trustees of Wayside Presbyterian Church is made up of twelve members of the congregation who meet on the second Monday of the month. The Trustees are charged with monitoring the condition of both the financial and physical assets of the church as well as our legal obligations and in taking action when appropriate to maintain those assets and minimize risks.
The Trustees are organized into the following committees:
- Generosity/Stewardship Liaison
- Insurance and Finance
- Policy Review
- Special Projects
- Wills & Bequests