Christians are called to love, serve, and care for one another. In our congregation, we answer this call in a variety of ways – some informal, some more organized. People of all ages need help and support, and people of all ages can offer these gifts to others.
Members of First UCC care for one another in partnership with the minister(s) and Deacons. This ministry includes a wide range of caring activities. Some examples are:
- Visiting members in their homes, the hospital, or other residential settings
- Providing meals, rides, childcare, and pet care for those with family health or family crises
- Sending cards, letters, or emails to those who are homebound or separated from the congregation for other reasons (e.g. military service)
- Phone calls of friendship, support, and care
- Providing communion to home- or hospital-bound members
- Offering help to new parents
- Keeping vigil with the family of someone who is dying
- Delivering Christmas or Easter flowers to elders and shut-ins
- Assisting in special services of healing, consolation, and pastoral care such as the “Longest Night Service”
Pastoral care, however, is not limited to professional caregivers or ministers. It is what we, of all ages, do when we provide a loving presence for someone going through a difficult time.
If you are in need of pastoral care, or if you are interested in becoming a pastoral volunteer, please call Pastor Todd or Pastor Abby at 645-7532.
Asking for Help
If you, a family member, or a friend needs help or support, please share this need with others in church by contacting our minister(s).
And of course, you are always welcome to share your concerns and needs during the “Joys and Concerns” time in our Sunday worship service.
Volunteering to Help
If you would like to offer your time, energy, and compassion to others, please let us know by contacting the minister(s). You can also fill out a Congregational Care Volunteer Card in the church office.
The Congregational Care Council works closely with church staff to coordinate volunteers and to provide events throughout the year. These events include the annual Strawberry Festival in June, the Holiday Luncheon at Northfield Retirement Community, the Longest Night service, and other events as needed.