Each one should use whatever gift he has received
to serve others faithfully administering God's grace
in its various forms.
- 1 Peter 4:10

About JOY

The goal of the JOY Ministry is to reach out to the elderly in our community with the love of Christ. Many are lonely, without family or friends, and in need of more joy and encouragement in their lives. They show so much gratitude and appreciation as we reach out to them, which leaves us blessed in return.

JOY History

Over two years ago, JOY began at Greenbriar Community Center. Team members provided manicures for residents one Saturday morning a month and also distributed cookies to all. Today, the ministry to the nursing home now supports several social activities and fundraising events which provide outside activities for residents. The social events include a Mardi Gras parade & banquet, Christmas party, Summer Luau, and bingo with prizes for all. The annual fundraisers are the Spring Fling and the Fall Festival which include games, live music, a cakewalk, concessions and a garage sale. The families of the residents are invited and they are open to the public as well. In addition, we decorate residents’ doors for Christmas to give them a lift, as their rooms are small and have no room for trees.

Opportunities to Serve

There are many opportunities to use your gifts and serve within this ministry.  For example, we give manicures, we have ladies who make simple lap quilts and crochet prayer shawls that are treasured by residents. We also have monthly meetings where we make decorations for the upcoming events described above, and enjoy the fellowship of one another. You can also help us minister to the residents who are struggling with loneliness, as some have outlived their family members and friends. Residents love having visitors! Please let us know if you are interested in visiting a resident on a regular basis (weekly, biweekly, or monthly). Men, there are plenty of opportunities for you as well. We encourage men to build relationships with the male residents. We could also use your help in setting up and tearing down for our events. If you are interested in serving in the JOY ministry or looking for more information please contact us by completing the Serve in the Community volunteer form or by phone.

Contact Information

JOY Ministry Leader
Judith Howard
Phone: 985-641-5917

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