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.
To reach the pastor on call, please call 336-908-8615. Leave a message and the pastor on call will get back in touch with you.
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?
Please contact Debby Foster, 336-478-4702 or dfoster(at)fpcgreensboro.org.
Here is a brief overview of some services offered through the Congregational Care Ministry:
Grief Support Group: Lamentations
This new monthly spiritual support group is for members who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past two years meets at 11 am in the Blair Hagan Room every other Wednesday, led by Rev. Dolly Jacobs. Check our calendar for this month's meetings.
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.
- Lectio Divina: Rev. David Partington and Rob Hallquist co-lead a historic way of listening to Holy Scripture called Lectio Divina (Divine Reading). The group gathers in Myers Loyalty Room behind the Sanctuary at 11:30 am Mondays. This way of being with Scripture involves hearing and listening to a passage of Scripture in a flow with time for paying attention to what the Holy Spirit might be saying to us personally. In this way it is different than a Bible study. Following moments for different ways of reflecting on the Scripture passage the time of being with God through Scripture will close with a period of silence for “Resting in God" (contemplation).
- Intercessory Prayer group meets each Wednesday at 8:45 am in Memorial Chapel, members pray for other members. Request prayer here.
Support for caregivers: Spiritus
Spiritus, a support group for caregivers, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm in Blair Hagan Room. For information, please contact Maggie Turner, 336-478-4724 or mturner(at)fpcgreensboro.org.
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.
Secret Saints connect our congregation to its out-of-town students. Be a Secret Saint, or if you're a student, sign up to get connected to a Saint here.
Functional Fitness meets each Monday and Thursday from 10:15 to 11:15 am in the Garden Room, Smith 124. The class offers exercise opportunities for older adults and is covered by Silver Sneakers and other insurance programs.
The Sadye Bowles Fund is available to assist adults over age 55 who live with fifty miles of Greensboro pay for necessary care in the home or in a care facility. Preference is given to FPC members. Financial need is also a requirement. Pleases call Maggie Turner, Sadye Bowles Fund director, for an application or if you need additional information at (336) 478-4724.
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.
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. You can also worship with us online beginning at 10:45 am each Sunday.
On Communion Sundays following the 10:30 am worship service, elders take this sacrament to members who are unable to attend worship.