This is best done through community and involvement in the local church, such as Hempfield.  Attending weekly worship, participating in Bible study and small group ministries as well as participating in the many activities of the church is often a way to work through a crisis because God is our protector and sustainer.  A Christian community can nurture, love and care for one another.  At times, a crisis can lead us to a sense of brokenness.  Care ministry also offers a place to serve.  It is through serving God and others that we heal.

Care Ministry is not intended to take the place of professional services like counseling, healthcare, or respite care.  In addition, Care Ministry does not provide home health care or home care.  Our ministry partners may not assist with everyday activities like bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation and household tasks like cleaning to enable independence, safety and provide companionship.  Joyce Young, the Director of Care Ministry, is available to help guide you toward agencies that offer this kind of care. 

“As I loved you so you must love one another.” John 13:34

Telecare – Each family in the directory will be called throughout the year, offering prayer and scripture, and asking for any prayer or praise requests.

Nehemiah Prayer Group – Intercessors meet each Tuesday, 10AM-noon in the Prayer Room to engage in prayer. Prayer is one way we can work together with God. It is thorough prayer that God’s purpose is accomplished and Satan’s intentions are broken. Luke 22:46 says, “Rise and pray”.

The group has a sharing time, a short devotional, praise and thanksgiving to enter God’s presence (Ps 100:4). They pray for major items in the news regarding the world, our nation, the church at large, our church and community. We pray for each other’s personal needs and then cover the prayer requests submitted daily and reflected on the weekly prayer page. The group fellowships and supports one another. All are welcome.
For more information contact Nancy Bowers.

The blue Prayer and Praise cards are in the pew racks. Prayer requests and words of praise can be written on the card and placed in the receptacle at the Welcome Center after each Sunday service. Be sure to include contact information too. These cards will be prayed over throughout the week and included on the Prayer and Care Page that are available in the Sanctuary each Sunday.

Prayer requests can also be submitted online at

Food Cupboard and response to community needs

The food cupboard is open Tuesday and Thursday morning by appointment. Your weekly donations help us to keep the food cupboard stocked each week.

The distribution events offering fresh fruit and produce are ongoing each month from May through October. Our partnership with Blessings of Hope is an integral component of this. We currently pay .99 a pound for the items we purchase at Blessings of Hope.  Each month we purchase an average of 800 pounds of food that is distributed to approximately 40 families.

Food Cupboard Donations – Donations can be dropped off at the church each week when you come to worship. Please leave the donations in the two-tiered cart near the Welcome Center. Donations can also be dropped off at the office entrance Monday through Friday mornings. Follow this link to see a list of the needs. This list will also be available each Sunday and can be obtained when you enter the building.

Prayer Ministry –  Prayer partners are available to pray with you after each service Sunday morning. The Prayer Room is open for you as a place to commune with God in meditation and prayer.

Counseling Services – Hempfield is happy to provide a referral for individual, family or couples counseling. Contact Joyce Young  to learn more about the counseling services available to you.

GriefShare –is a thirteen-week support group offering help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. It will be offered in-person twice a year. An afternoon group meets on Mondays from August to November and an evening group meets on Mondays from February to May. Contact Joyce Young here or call 717-285-5156 Ext. 222 for more information.

Supporting Our College Students – As students head off to college, isn’t it good to know Care Ministry stays in touch with them through cards and care packages? If you’d like your student to receive this kind of care, contact Joyce Young. A new list of coeds to receive cards and care packages will be created in August.

Hospital Visitations – Please be sure to tell the staff at Lancaster General Hospital that you are a member of Hempfield and the Chaplaincy Office will call the church to inform us. If you are a patient at another hospital call Joyce Young at 717-285-5156 Ext 222 to make her aware of your hospitalization. Joyce is happy to visit with you while you are hospitalized if you request it.

Life Celebration Services and Interments in our Memorial Garden  – All services held in the sanctuary will be live-streamed if the family requests it. We are able to provide a luncheon following the service but space is limited to 75-80 people. If you would like to partner with the team the Funeral Luncheon team, contact Joyce Young here for more information.

Homebound Visitation Team – Visitations to those who are homebound or living in long-term care facilities are made if everyone involved is comfortable with in-person visits.

Pass-it-On Ministry will send birthday cards to our homebound members on or near their birthday. Visits are also made if permitted.

Grocery Gift Cards Sales Under the “Feed Yourself, Feed the Church” program, Care Ministries sells grocery gift cards from Giant, Weis and Stauffers, and uses the proceeds to benefit clients of our Hope Ministries. These community folks work with us to learn how to budget and better manage their money so they become able to pay their bills and begin to save money. If you would like to help these families, you can purchase $50 and $100 gift cards in the Spirit Cafe following each Sunday service, or by contacting Diane Adams. You receive full face value of the cards and Hope mInistry receives 5% of the proceeds.

Places to Donate Items If you have personal items that you no longer need and would like to donate to help others CLICK HERE for a list of some local organizations that receive donations.