Inspired by the person and work of Jesus, who healed the sick, welcomed the outcast, fed the hungry, and bore God's gracious care to all, the Congregational Health Ministry of First Presbyterian attends to the spiritual, physical, and emotional, and social needs of the congregation and surrounding community. The ministries listed here seek to embody the practices of wholeness Jesus exhibited and calls his disciples to partake in. Through these acts of care, First Presbyterian is a community that offers each other support and draws on each other for strength in times of joy and times of sorrow.
Pastoral Care Emergencies
When members and friends of the congregation are in need of spiritual care due to illness or difficult life situations, pastoral care is provided by the pastoral staff. If requested, referrals for continual and/or independent pastoral care and counseling services are also available. If you have or know of a need, call the church office.
Dedicated church members regularly send out cards to families and individuals who have experienced a recent death or other forms of loss.
These dinners provide a time for fellowship and learning on specific health needs and resources in our community. The theme for the 2011 Fall dinners will be announced soon!
Every week, the members of the Congregational Health Ministry team gather to pray for needs in the church. Specific prayer requests can be submitted to individual members of this team or in the Prayer Request Box in the sanctuary narthex. Requests for prayer are kept confidential.
Senior Citizens (over 50) meet September – May on the third Tuesday of the month for “Lunch Bunch.” These gatherings provide a chance for folks to connect with each other over a meal and a devotion. These lunchtime events meet in Davis Hall and are led by Ken Craig, Parish Associate. In addition, this group takes three out-of-town trips each year. Past destinations include, Williamsburg, Savannah, the Flat Rock Players, and Blowing Rock Stage Theater, among others.
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, Concord, provide care throughout the year with circle meetings, preparing funeral meals, helping with projects within the church, reaching out to members in need, visiting shut-ins, serving dinner at the night shelter, planning and attending spiritually nurturing events... the list goes on and on. Go here for more information.