There are times when you need a pastor, to listen, to be present, to be an advocate. Although we are a large congregation, it is the Congregational Care Ministry’s mission to provide care and support to families and individuals in a personal and compassionate way and to provide an atmosphere and opportunity to sense God’s presence and provision.
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Pastor On Call
Sudden illness, death, or personal crises do not always happen during regular business hours. An FPC pastor is always available to our membership for pastoral emergencies. Here is how to reach the Pastor on Call:
- Dial the main number of First Presbyterian Church: 336-373-0445.
- Listen to the instructions and press: 1 2 3 4
- Leave your message and telephone number where you can be reached and hang up.
- The Pastor on Call will return your call as soon as possible.
Providing Care for the People by the People
Members and pastors in Congregational Care provide care for the congregation, and care by the congregation.
That care could mean delivering a meal to new parents, making visits wherever they are needed, or making a difference in someone’s life in dozens of other ways.
Many FPC members serve in one of our ministries as part of their service to the church.
Are you or someone you know in our church family:
- Dealing with a sudden or chronic illness, tragedy, or loss in your family?
- Feeling disconnected because of the inability to attend church?
- Giving care to a loved one and needing an extra pair of hands for an errand?
- Wanting to attend Sunday morning worship but unable to locate a parking space?
The Congregational Care Coordinator can help you access the support or care you need. Please call 478-4709 or e-mail Ann Hopping.
Here is a brief overview of some services offered through the Congregational Care Ministry:
Pastoral visitation.Illness and hospitalization can be a stressful even in your life or the life of someone you love. Our pastors make hospital, home, and care center visits to our members to assure them that they are being remembered during this time.
When a loved one has passed away, a pastor will help you with the details of planning a Service of Witness to the Resurrection (funeral or memorial service). Planning for these types of services generally occur at the time of loss and while families are in somewhat of a crisis mode. Even though it is difficult to talk about death, what better gift can you give a loved one, than meeting with a pastor prior to an illness or death to assist you and your loved ones with ideas that would be meaningful for your service?
Parking Assistance on Sunday mornings
The Parking Assistance Ministry team (PAM) has spaces on both sides of Greene street reserved for our members and visitors with special needs. PAM volunteers can assist with guiding you to appropriate parking. If you are being driven to church, you may be dropped off at the Greene Street entrance while your driver parks.
First Friends are trained lay people from the congregation who offer a thoughtful and loving presence in members’ lives who are in need of friendship, support, nurture, and encouragement.
Fast Friends are congregation members who have expressed a willingness to meet a member’s short term, urgent need following surgery or a traumatic event that may include transportation to a doctor’s appointment, running errands, or preparing or delivering a meal.
Even upon the joyous birth of a child, adjustments have to be made. MOMS: Members offering Meal Support to families with new babies is one way we can celebrate with you by providing a meal. Contact is made with the family to arrange the details and menu options.
When life’s circumstances prevent you from attending church, we can help you maintain your connection in supportive and practical ways. You can receive the Sunday bulletin or flowers from the Sanctuary from the Sunday service.
On Communion Sundays following the 10:30 worship service, elders take this sacrament to members who are unable to attend worship.