The ability to unselfishly meet the needs of others through practical help.
The capacity to feel sympathy with those in need and to manifest this sympathy in some practical way with a cheerful spirit.
Greeting and Ushering
Especially in smaller congregations, the deacon and deaconess will serve as greeters and ushers for the services held in the church. They will also help the pastor and other event leaders maintain the smooth operation of church meetings.
Report to Head Deaconess
Deaconess will assist in maintaining the smooth operation of church meetings. Any needs and/or concerns should be reported to the Head Deaconess as soon as possible so that they could be addressed in an adequate manner. A quarterly meeting is to be scheduled by the Head Deaconess to address various issues and provide training.
iHead Deaconess will coordinate deaconesses (and other interested church members) to provide card and visitation ministry to church members who are shut-in, sick, etc.
Assist with Baptism
Prepare the robes for all who are participating.
Assist female candidates.
Launder and store robes, towels, etc., after the ceremony.
Assisting with the Holy Communion Service
Prepare the bread and grape juice.
Arrange the emblems and covering on the table.
Dispense water and basins for the women during the Ordinance of Humility, giving attention and assistance to visitors, new members, and the aged.
Clean and store the linens and serving pieces used in Communion.
It is appropriate for either deacons or deaconesses, who have been ordained, to assist in distributing the emblems and removing/placing back the communion tray covers during the service.
Caring for Congregation
In many churches an unwritten tradition gives the women who serve as deaconesses the responsibility of preparing hot meals for any church family that experiences a death or other tragedy. This may mean simply taking food to the home or, in some cases, the serving of an entire meal to family and guests after a funeral. The funeral meal will be coordinated by the Head Deaconess. Often the planning of wedding and baby showers is also done by this group. This is an important aspect of a caring ministry in the congregation.
Upkeep of Church property
They will take responsibility for the care and upkeep of church property, including the oversight or actual doing of the janitorial work, repairs, grounds maintenance, interior decorating and small renovations.