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church has been divided into thirty-seven Neighborhood Care Groups of

approximately 15-20 families. Each neighborhood has its own

coordinator, The neighborhoods provide help in the form of meals,

transportation, and other caring needs for those living in close

geographic proximity, Anyone needing a ride to church or to a medical

appointment or for support after surgery or illness can call their

neighborhood coordinator. Neighborhood services are usually short term;

transportation or meals over longer periods of time are coordinated by

the Pastoral Care Team,

The Pastoral Care Team frequently works with the

Neighborhoods along with other people in the church if services are

needed over a long period of time. For example we drew on the entire

ire church, including the neighborhood, to provide sixteen hours a week of

respite care for four months to a mother of a baby born with esophageal

ulcers, Neighborhood coordinators also call the Pastoral Care Team to

let them know if someone in the Neighborhood needs help. Social

gatherings in the Neighborhood have been left to the discretion of the



neighborhood system works well for larger churches or those covering a wide geographic area.

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