Stephen Ministers: Suzanne Begley, Chair
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
How Stephen Ministry Works: The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They:
- build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community
- recruit and train Stephen Ministers
- meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs
- match care receivers with Stephen Ministers
- provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
- When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.
Mary and Martha: Linda Nock and Barbara Finley, Co-Chairs
The Mary Martha Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is a means of reaching out to support our members in a tangible way during a time of bereavement. In the event of the death of a church member, these groups provide a meal for the family either before or after the funeral or memorial service.
These groups provide the food, serve and clean up to allow the family of the deceased to spend this time together. All of the women of the church are offered an opportunity to join one of these ministry teams. Participation in these teams is open to those who can cook and provide food, those who can provide funds to help buy paper products or some prepared dishes and those who are available to help serve. Members of a particular group are called on about once a year.
We Care: Pam George, Chair
A ministry of First Presbyterian, We Care Ministry focuses on physical needs of members. This ministry provides help for those who are in need of assistance for home care needs they are unable to accomplish themselves. For those members who, because of an illness or accident, find themselves in need of temporary assistance, We Care volunteers keep a freezer stocked with food to help with meals, or provide help with basic home maintenance needs such as plumbing, carpentry, yard work. Volunteers will also help with transportation needs such as to doctor's appointments or trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Presbyterian Men: President TBD
Presbyterian Men is an independent organization within First Presbyterian Church. Formerly known as "Men of the Church," this lay-led organization meets monthly from October through May on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. for a meal and program, with other activities planned throughout the year. Their primary focus is brotherhood, fellowship and ministry. All men are invited to attend.
Presbyterian Women: Linda Hogon, Moderator
Presbyterian Women (PW) is the official women's organization of the Presbyterian Church (USA) of more than 300,000 women. It offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. Their stated purpose is "forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves:
- to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
- to support the mission of the church worldwide,
- to work for justice and peace,
- and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom."
First Presbyterian has eight circles which meet monthly from August through May; six meet in homes and two meet at the church in the McLaurin Room. There is something for everyone, so all women are encouraged to investigate the circles and become part of this committed ministry of women.
Capital Improvements Task Force: Jess Begley, Chair
The Capital Improvements Task Force was formed by action of Session to identify a preliminary comprehensive list of capital improvements needed to enhance and/or expand the outreach, hospitality, and mission of First Presbyterian Church.