Care and Compassion

Pastoral care is one primary way in which Christians minister to one another and to the community.  Pastoral care is the support Christians offer one another in daily living and at times of need and of crisis in personal and communal life.

First Church’s pastoral care includes the following ministries:

Pastoral Care Team:  A quiet ministry of compassion, sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  The team provides the initial phone calls, personal visits, cards of concern, and meals to persons in need or crisis in the congregation.

Stephen Ministry:  A ministry of one-to-one Christian care  provided by trained lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers)  to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. The Stephen Ministry helps the pastors provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.  For more information about Stephen Ministry, please visit

Visitation Team:  A ministry of in-home visitation by members of the congregation to other members of the congregation who are no longer able to attend public worship and other programs of the congregation.

Cancer Support Group:  Meets on the third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Graham Room.  The group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and friends and family affected by cancer.  The group provides support and education.