As Christians, we are called to care for those in our church family and community who need support, comfort, prayer and love during difficult times. Pastors, staff and leaders from our First Presbyterian community make it a priority to visit the sick, hospitalized and homebound. They are available during Sunday Worship and through our prayer letter to pray with and for anyone in need.
CARE AND SUPPORT
We, as a church family, believe in carrying each other and lifting each other up and in its ability to help bring our Faith Alive. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this you will fulfill the Law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Deacons are members of our congregation called and elected to commit and serve in a caring ministry. Your Diaconate (as the Board of Deacons is often called) is composed of 5 committees devoted to caring for the congregation in various aspects of our faith journeys. Under each committee are ministry teams and we welcome you if you feel called to serve with your God given gifts on one of these ministry teams.
– The Prayer Committee prays directly for those in need, weekly after the church services as well as through intercessory means such as the Labyrinth Walk at Easter and connecting others with God weekly through the Prayer Letter.
– The Compassionate Care Committee shows God’s love through gifts of kindness with notes, soup, and flowers delivered to those in need.
– The Immediate Care committee ministers to those needing immediate need, by visiting those in the hospital due to an emergency or assisting in memorial services and receptions for those who have lost a loved one.
–The Support Care Committee keeps track of those who are recovering from a hospital stay and going through emotionally and physically demanding rehab, offering support as needed.
– The Continuing Care committee ministers to those who are continuing to grieve loved ones lost, enduring the aftermath of a divorce, and serving communion to the home bounds, as well as arranging monthly gatherings at local retirement communities such as John Knox.
First Cares / Grief Support Group
We know how hard it is to lose someone you love. First Cares was designed for those who have experienced the death of a loved one and is a fellowship of people all sharing in significant loss. It welcomes anyone who is open to healing and is in need of Christian love and acceptance.
Caregiver Support Group
This group provides hope and encouragement to help caregivers living with dementia or illness of any kind to learn to take care of themselves as well as their loved one. The Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Study and Renewal Center.
Divorce / Separation Support Group
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences, separation and divorce. They meet weekly in the Spanish Room on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. For more information visit www.divorcecare.org
When you or someone you know is in need of God’s comfort, a prayer shawl is the perfect way to experience the Love of God. The prayer shawls are knitted by the loving hands of this ministry and then each shawl is blessed by a pastor of our church.
We believe in the power of prayer and its ability to bring our faith alive.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
We offer many ways that we can pray for you and for you to pray for others.
Congregational Prayer Letter
We gather weekly prayer requests and praises and email these out to a team of prayer warriors. If you would like to either give us a prayer request or praise and/or receive the weekly prayer letter please contact us.
The Deacons of our church oversee this team that meets to pray and talk with anyone in need of support and prayer after each worship service on Sunday.
This is a wonderful ministry that reaches out to anyone who would like the reassurance and comfort of knowing that someone is praying for them. If you are the receiver of a prayer pager, then you will either hear a beep or feel the vibration of the pager once someone has prayed for you. Our recipients of the prayer pagers and the numbers to the pagers are listed in our bulletin and congregational prayer letter each week.
Interested in submitting a prayer request or participating in a care ministry?
Fill out the form below and a member of our staff will contact you!