Congregational Care

The Congregational Care Committee assists the session and ministers in the ministry of shepherding and caring for those in need, the sick and the distressed of the congregation.  It shall give particular attention to those with special needs such as shut-ins, the bereaved and the lonely.  It shall seek to acknowledge community achievements of member in order to allow others to rejoice in their distinctions and express appreciation for service and jobs well done.

Specific Tasks of Congregational Care

  1. Serve as the eyes and ears of the congregation in identifying the needs of special groups within our church, plan and sponsor events for meeting the needs of such groups when they arise.

  2. Identify and respond to the needs of individual members through such activities as:

    • Writing notes to those in need of thanks, condolence, sympathy, appreciation, joy and acknowledgement

    • Facilitating note writing within the congregation by sponsoring Encouragement Sunday.

    • Offering encouragement in the form of "goodie boxes" and letters to college students members who are attending school elsewhere.

    • Initiating email-to-kneemail and telephone prayer chains and prayer request

    • Coordinating meals for members with special needs

    • Displaying notices of community achievement

    • Facilitating fellowship opportunities

    • Recognizing and encouraging our church family's servicemen and women with care cards and packages.

First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville is a vibrant, Christ-centered congregation committed to bringing hope to the city and a faith that transforms people just like you.

Whether you are seeking answers to spiritual questions or desiring a purposeful life with Jesus Christ, our prayer is that you will discover a living faith here in a community of friends.

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