We are a church that CARES for all.
In Sumter, First Presbyterian is known as a caring church. We are purposeful in being the hands and feet of Christ to those in our congregation who need to know the presence of a healing and loving God, especially in times of pain and suffering.
Care and Prayer
The Care and Prayer team meets every Sunday morning at 9am in the parlor. The purpose of this team is to coordinate our caring efforts. Every week our elders and deacons visit the sick, home bound and more. We also send cards and food when needed. If you are in need of care, or known someone close to you who is, please let us know. Though we do our best to make sure our church family is attended to, a friendly phone call or email would help us in our caring efforts. Thank you!
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
First Pres is an active supporter of Church Women United. Church Women United (CWU) is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement initiated and carried out by women in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is a movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures and traditions in closer Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy, and action for peace with justice in the world. CWU engages millions of women representing twenty-six supporting denominations and participating Christian women.
Different churches sponsor four Celebrations or Worship Services each year. An annual Salad Luncheon is held each year as a fundraiser to support local charities.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in all the CWU activities which are announced in the FOCUS. If there are any questions,
please contact Ollie James, the representative for our church.
Emergencies that affect our life, health and well-being or that of a loved one can result in the need of immediate care. The Deacons and Elders of this church are available to respond to those needs. Many other situations can arise that call for faith-based care and the Deacons and Elders are also available to provide care in those situations. Please call the office to let us know of such a need.
It is our intention to visit anyone who’s hospitalized, but we need your help to make sure we’re aware of upcoming surgeries.
If you or someone you care about is going in for surgery, or is admitted to a hospital for other reasons, please call us at the church (803-773-3814) to let us know.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of First Presbyterian Church was established in January of 2018. Our gatherings are a time of fellowship, devotion and prayer in the midst of creating prayer shawls that are given as tangible symbols of empathy and support as well as a reminder of God’s unending love and care. Baby blankets are also given to the parents of new babies with our prayer that God will watch over their precious gift. We meet on the third Monday of each month at the home of Jayne Fort, 505 West Calhoun, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you knit or crochet, or would like to learn the craft, we invite you to join us.
Capital Improvements Task Force
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.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Stephen Ministry has 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 the ministry, recruit and train Stephan Ministers, meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs, match receivers with Stephen Minsters and provide 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 congregation members and others in the community, who receive care. 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 Martha Ministry
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 and joy. This team provides meals for families who have lost a loved one and also for those families who have welcomed a new born to the world.
For times of death, 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.
For times of birth, these groups provide a few meals for the family so they can worry less about food and more about spending the quality time they need with their new family member.
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 anyone with a heart of service. Members of a particular group are called on about once a year.