Care & Support Ministry
The Congregational Care Committee provides compassionate, caring concern through personal service to members of our church family and community who live with special needs. If you are interested in participating in or receiving care from one of the various areas of service below, please contact Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski, 817.335.1231, ext. 229. In addition, you may also obtain reviews by church members of assisted living/care options in the Fort Worth community.
STEPHEN MINISTRY & SUSTAINING CARE
For over thirty-five years, First Presbyterian Church's Stephen Ministers have provided one-on-one care and support to those in need during difficult times — such as divorce, anxiety, death of a loved one or chronic illness. More recently, Sustaining Caregivers have begun to journey alongside those who simply need companionship and someone with whom to share their stories and struggles. Stephen Ministers and Sustaining Caregivers receive extensive specialized training, supervision, and continuing education.
Organized by zip code to coordinate temporary care of those who are hospitalized, chronically ill, or bereaved by providing meals, transportation, errand-running and other services. For more information or to join the Care Team in your area, please contact Parish Visitor Jennifer Pettey, 817.335.1231, ext. 264.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Offered periodically throughout the year, these groups support those experiencing or recovering from grief, facilitated by ordained pastors and/or trained professionals.
NEXT GRIEF GROUP BEGINS NOVEMBER 15:
First Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week Grief Support Group beginning Sunday, November 15 via Zoom, 4-5:30 p.m., led by the Rev. Dr. Dawn Hood-Patterson. This group offers a supportive and encouraging space in which to experience God’s presence, comfort, and strength.
Dawn is a former Chaplain at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Dawn currently works as a Program Manager at the Center for Children’s Health at Cook Children’s where she offers pastoral care and support to institutions and families within broader community contexts. Her work focuses on the prevention of traumas related to Adverse Childhood Experiences. She earned her PhD in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care from Brite Divinity School, TCU. She has been married to Paul for seventeen years and they have a dog named Maeby.
Dawn has led both in person and virtual grief groups at FPC. Following our most recent group Dawn said, “I was pleased with the outcomes of our Zoom-based grief groups. I was able to modify or re-imagine the activities for the group. The conversations remained compassionate, intentional, and honest, even in our virtual setting. I, along with other participants, lamented the missed hugs but I was pleased with the connections we formed during our six weeks together.”
This group is free and open to members and friends of FPC and the community. To register for the class, please contact in the church office (817-335-1231). Before the first class meeting, you will be sent the Zoom link and class materials. If you do not have access to a computer or tablet for connecting via Zoom with video, you can register and participate by phone, and class materials can be mailed.
Volunteers write to all new members, confirmands, and parents of the newly baptized, welcoming them into the church family. Others maintain regular contact with homebound members who live out of the area and cannot be visited.
HOUSE SITTING MINISTRY
Volunteers stay in the home of a bereaved family during memorial/funeral services to answer the phone, receive gifts of flowers and food, and provide a presence at a vulnerable time.
Members deliver flowers from Sunday worship services to those who are hospitalized or homebound.
MEN'S VISITATION TEAM
Volunteers visit men of the church who can no longer attend worship, keeping them connected to their church family.
MUFFIN TLC MINISTRY
Once a month, volunteers package muffins and other special items, delivering them to families and individuals in special need of a tangible gift of love.
PRAYER LINE MINISTRY
Dedicated "prayers" pray for the church and its members daily. Many volunteers are homebound or unable physically to participate in more active ministries.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Volunteers create shawls and other knitted items to be delivered to those in need of comfort and solace as they pray for the person who is to receive it.
Volunteers drive a golf cart shuttle between Trinity Terrace, the church parking lots, and the church entrance to enable elderly members to continue to attend worship services.