Home Communion Volunteers Make a Big Impact
By Susan Shinn Turner
In 2012, the lay home communion teams were formed to bring the sacrament of Holy Communion to members who are homebound or in nursing home care.
Perry Hood has been a member of the team since its inception.
“I was asked by the pastors,” he says, “and I felt real honored.”
The team was commissioned soon after its formation and began taking the consecrated wine and wafers to those who could not attend church.
Each team — composed of one or two members — received its own home communion kit, In it, Perry keeps the elements, paper towels, tiny clear plastic cups, and hand sanitizer. He also has the brief order of service, lined and creased from many years of use.
“I almost have it memorized,” he admits, “but I don’t trust myself.”
Two members are currently on his list, Alda Smith and Wag Wagoner. He also took communion to Alda’s husband, the late Paul Smith, when he was at the N.C. Veterans’ Home. When he did so, he was sure to wear his Marines cap, and was often flagged down by fellow veterans.
“It wasn’t long before they became good friends,” Perry says.
Perry tries to take communion once or twice a month “It’s just between the two of us,” Perry says of the visits. “It’s very intimate. And then we’ll talk for an hour or so afterward. I think it does more for me than it does for them.”
He counts Alda and Wag as dear friends. He also took communion to the late Margaret Borland, who was a friend of the late Juanita Williams, his mother-in-law.
Perry doesn’t see his role as anything flashy, and he likes it that way, he says. “I’m just a layperson trying to do what I think is right. It makes me feel so good.”
Others on the lay home communion team include Linda and Roger Hull, the Rev. Geoffrey Hoy, the Rev. Linda Voelker, GeoRene Jones, and Wade Rouzer.
“It is such an awesome experience,” says Wade, who also serves on the pastoral ministry team for visitation. “It’s just a beautiful thing to do.”
“We’re a sacramental church,” adds Pastor Rhodes, “which means that we find our heart and center in the celebration of the sacrament. Our homebound communion volunteers are not only sharing God’s gift of grace, but fostering a rich relationship with folks who are no longer able to attend worship. What a gift.”
Interested in Volunteering?
We’d like to add 5 more people to our home communion team. If you are interested, training will be on Wednesday evening, May 30, from 7 – 8 pm. For more information, contact Pastor Rhodes or Wade Rouzer.