This was how the early Christian community was identifiable to those who watched it grow in the first century. Caring for one another is one of the things that a church community can still do well. In a fast-paced world where we often don’t even know our neighbors or co-workers very well, a church can be the right place to find a group of people who care for one another and who care together about the things that really matter.
In addition to the informal friendships and inter-generational relationships that form and last at First Church, the programs listed below are some of the ways we care for others. These programs are available to members and non-members of the church.
Parish Nursing Program
We have a Faith Community Nurse who is responsible for this congregation’s healing and health ministry. Our Faith Community Nurse, Patricia Weedon, had a career as a Public Health Nurse before joining the First Church staff. She combines a deep compassion, knowledge of the human body, and an understanding of mind/body/spirit connections to help people toward better health.
Patricia is available to help members translate “medicalese” into understandable lay language, and to help with life and living transitions related to health conditions. She also leads seminars and classes on matters of health and wholeness, conveying both God’s and the congregation’s concern and encouragement to individuals who are going through difficult experiences of illness or injury.
For several years, Prayer Shawls have been given to our members and friends who were ill, having surgery, suffering a loss, etc. Thanks to Sandy Adams and her Prayer Shawl Team, we now have “pocket prayer shawls” for anyone and everyone who wants one. They are knitted or crocheted squares with a cross in the middle that can be carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or totebag; or tucked under a pillow in your favorite chair.