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 nearly forty 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 GROUP
Offered periodically throughout the year, these groups support those experiencing or recovering from grief, facilitated by ordained pastors and/or trained professionals.
Beginning Sunday, September 26, First Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week in person Grief Support Group. Led by the Reverend Rachel Rigdon, this group offers a supportive and encouraging space in which to experience God’s presence, comfort, and strength.
Rachel works as a chaplain at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Rachel is an ordained United Methodist Deacon and Board Certified Chaplain. Rachel earned her M.Div. degree at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She has over five years of experience working with children and adults as Chaplain and pastoral caregiver in multi-faith settings. Rachel is passionate about grief support for all ages and believes in the importance and sacredness of our own stories. We are delighted to welcome her to First Presbyterian Church.
The Grief Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 100 at First Presbyterian Church. The six sessions (September 26 – October 31) are free and open to members and friends of First Presbyterian and the community. To register for the Grief Support Group, please contact in the church office (817.335.1231, ext. 261).
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. To learn more about Shuttle Ministry, or volunteer as a driver, contact Terry Adams.