WOW: Women of West Cannon
We offer the Women of West Cannon, or affectionately known as W.O.W., a variety of ministries. Each ministry fulfills at least one aspect of the Women's Ministry purpose statement: "The Women's Ministry seeks to encourage the women of West Cannon to grow in their relationship with God, to build friendships in the Body, to love their families, and to reach out to the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:9–10
Every one of us needs a little help at some point. Often these needs arise at critical moments of our lives: the birth of a baby, a wedding, or the loss of a loved one. Not all of us have large families living nearby. In these stressful moments we should be able to rely on our church family for comfort and support.
The Hospitality Groups provide meals and showers for church members. That is why every female member at West Cannon is assigned to a Hospitality Group. Each group has a team leader who organizes meals for new mothers (including adoptive moms), women who have had serious injuries, and families with prolonged hospitalizations. Hospitality groups also help provide food for funeral luncheons for grieving families. If every lady takes her turn, each lady would only serve about once a year. To learn more about Hospitality Groups, visit the West Cannon web site at westcannon.org and click on "Hospitality Ministry."
The Team Leaders should have contacted all members in their group by now. If you don't know who your leader is, or if you have a question about how the groups work, please contact the office. When called to help, don't miss out on the wonderful privilege of sharing God’s grace and love through hospitality.
(Adult Sunday school classes, and ministry teams assist Hospitality Groups by taking care of non-members with meals and showers.)
As a body of believers, God instructs us to contribute to the needs of the saints, to rejoice with those who rejoice, to weep with those who weep, to seek to show hospitality, and to do good to everyone, especially those who are of the household of faith (Romans 12:13, 15; Galatians 6:10; 1 Peter 4:9–10). Being motivated by love and grace to joyfully serve others to the glory of God, these verses will guide the Hospitality Teams to use their gifts to show love and care in the following forms.
1. Up to five meals will be provided for families who are members or regular attendees of West Cannon Baptist Church for the following reasons:
Mothers who have just had a baby
Families who have just adopted a new baby or child
Women who have undergone surgery, a serious illness, injury, or hospitalization. When chemotherapy or radiation therapy is involved, typically, groups rotate every other week with adult Sunday school class members.
Prolonged hospitalization of a child or husband
2. Church showers are given for:
Brides or grooms who are members or regular attendees of West Cannon
Brides or grooms whose parents are members or regular attendees of West Cannon and who have grown up at West Cannon
First-time mothers who are members or regular attendees of West Cannon
3. Funeral luncheons:
Funeral luncheons are provided for members or others as deemed appropriate by the Director of Senior Ministries and Care or Pastor/Teacher. The food is prepared and served by funeral luncheon teams.
The church will provide the main dish.
Various Hospitality Groups will be called on to provide salads, desserts, and other side dishes as necessary.
4. The adult Sunday school classes may offer the following to all those who attend an adult Sunday school class:
Childcare, house cleaning, and other helpful acts for those class members in need
Meal(s) when an immediate family member passes away. Providing food for the family, especially on the visitation days, is a wonderful way to show love and care. It is usually brought into the home or sometimes elsewhere if that works better for the family.
Meals outside of the Hospitality Team Policies' scope may also be provided as the adult Sunday school class Care Teams deem necessary.
Click here to see the Hospitality Teams.