Care

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7-10

Loving One Another

Within our church family, we give care and we receive care. Both giving and receiving are necessary ways to fulfill the charge from Jesus that we love one another. We build community by loving each other through life’s ups and downs.

We pray for each other, and we reach out when we are in need of those prayers.

We break bread together. Sometimes we are the ones who offer the meals, sometimes we are the ones who allow others to bring food. Sometimes we share a table in order to share our joy; sometimes we do it when life’s burdens need to be shared.

We offer concrete support—meals delivered, transportation, in-home communion, a special prayer, visits when we are sick—and we receive that support when we need it.

We enjoy fellowship, coming together as old friends, new friends and soon-to-be friends.

Staff

Katherine Cooke Kerr

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Chuck Williamson

Parish Associate

Pastoral Care

All of our pastors are available to meet with members on a short-term basis to discuss issues and challenges. We also refer to local therapists for long-term care. Additionally, we visit members in the hospital.

Care Notification

Because of privacy concerns, hospitals do not notify churches when members are hospitalized. If you or a family member are hospitalized and desire a pastoral visit, please notify the church office, 704.332.5123 or contact the Reverend Katherine Kerr.

 

 

Care Team Ministries

Jesus calls us to love one another. Care Ministries of First Presbyterian Church respond to that call by supporting members in time of need. We have care teams who provide hands-on, long-term help with daily living. Volunteers provide meals for members in times of need. Twice a year, we serve communion at home to those who are unable to attend worship regularly.

We stand ready to help through our Prayer Ministry team, our Funeral Guild, Flower Ministry, Meal Ministry and Support Groups.

To be active in our Care Ministries or to find out more about receiving assistance, contact the Reverend Katherine Kerr.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay men and women trained to engage in a confidential, structured and caring relationship with people who are going through a difficult period. A Stephen Minister does not provide the services of a professional counseling, but can offer comfort and spiritual support to others who are experiencing:

  • any kind of loss;
  • a difficult transition;
  • a separation or divorce;
  • illness, including chronic conditions and hospitalization;
  • depression or loneliness;
  • a spiritual crisis;
  • fertility challenges;
  • being homebound or institutionalized;
  • a period of unemployment or other business or financial crisis.

To request a Stephen Minister, fill in this request form and return it to the Reverend Katherine Kerr.

Want to know more about becoming a Stephen Minister? Contact the Reverend Katherine Kerr. Here are some basics to help you think about this calling to serve.

  • Stephen Ministers receive about 50 hours of training, based on Biblical testimony and drawing tools from the health and psychological sciences.
  • Training topics include The Art of Listening, How to Use the Bible with Others, Confidentiality, Ministry to the Dying, Grief and more.
  • Throughout their service, Stephen Ministers receive continuing education in a variety of subjects.

Fellowship

We do more than care for each other. We also care about each other. We do that by coming together as a family in Christ to get to know each other, to become friends and enjoy each other’s company.

Each fall, we visit the North Carolina mountains for a congregational retreat at the historic Presbyterian retreat center in Montreat. Look for information about the congregational retreat on our Now at FPC page beginning mid-summer.

In addition, our Recreation Ministry provides opportunities for intergenerational gatherings around shared interests like ball games, running, lunches for senior adults, single adults, young adults and more.

Senior Adult Ministry

Our senior adult ministry brings together church members 60 and older who are interested in social, supportive, educational, travel and intergenerational opportunities, including a Christmas social, occasional classes and speakers, intergenerational events, out-of-town and local trips. For more information about this ministry, contact the Reverend Chuck Williamson.

Young Adult Ministry

Whatever your background, faith journey, career or lifestyle, the young adults of First Presbyterian welcome you into a vibrant, active, center city faith community and hope that you will come have fun, grow spiritually, worship and meet great people at First Presbyterian. Programming for those in their 20s and 30s is offered through our Formation offerings.

Presbyterian Women

Want to be part of one of the most active and vibrant leadership groups within First Presbyterian Church? Want to work with other women to support mission work, create fellowship and participate in small groups where your spiritual life is nurtured? A place where everyone understands how busy life can be, so there’s also time to simply relax and have fun together?

The good news for all women at First Presbyterian is that you’re already a member of a group with a long history of doing all those things and more. Once a woman joins this church, she automatically becomes a member of PW (Presbyterian Women), a supportive and caring organization within the PC(USA) where women live out their faith in a community of care and hope.

Small Study Groups

Our small groups, traditionally called Circles, provide a place to make lasting friendships, nurture your spiritual life, enhance your prayer life and take part in outreach projects. Circles meet monthly October through May with morning, afternoon and evening meeting options and several choices of study. If you have any questions about PW or want help selecting the right circle, contact New Member Chair Becky Choate.

Special Events

In addition to an annual women’s retreat, PW comes together for larger events throughout the year where we welcome friends, family, neighbors and members of the community to join in friendship and fellowship. Mark your calendars now for these PW events in 2017-2018:

  • Fall Gathering Luncheon – September 12, 2017
  • New Member Coffee – September 24, 2017
  • Advent Communion Service & Luncheon – December 7, 2017
  • Sharon Towers Valentine Party – February 13, 2018
  • Women’s Retreat – April 27-29, 2018
  • Birthday Dinner – May 10, 2018

Pledging to PW

As an independent organization, PW is not funded through the church budget. Each year, we raise our own funds for our projects and set our own budget. Income is derived from pledges of PW Circle Members and contributions of other women of the church. You can make a pledge or contribution to PW here on the website.

As a good steward of your contributions, PW tries to minimize expenses and maximize service and benevolence giving to our partnership with Westerly Hills Academy, local organizations helping women and children break the cycle of poverty, and PW worldwide missions. The remaining funds are used for Presbyterian Women activities, including printing, special events, childcare, Bible books for newborns and other miscellaneous expenses.

If you have any questions regarding Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church, please contact Moderator Martha Thorpe or New Member Chair Becky Choate.

 

 

First Connect

This Facebook group is a safe, comfortable place where members of First Presbyterian Church engage in conversations, get to know each other better and share information, including prayer requests, photos and more, knowing that everything on the page is private and available only to other members of the group. If you’re on Facebook, please look for First Connect.

First Connect Facebook page