A unique ministry of pastoral care at First Presbyterian is its network of Care Teams.
The purpose of the ministry is to equip people to help people. The goal of the Care Teams is to provide "intentional, sustained caring for persons who are disabled, disadvantaged, or isolated by disease, age and other conditions. The purpose of the Care Teams is that the care is shared by a group of members so that they only visit the person once a month, or more often if you are able. Some of the needs provided by Care Teams are social, practical (transportation or meals), and spiritual. The Team is a bridge between those who need care and persons who wish to share their gifts and talents doing what they love, when they can, within a proven framework that contains flexibility but also necessary boundaries." (Carolina Care Team Ministry manual, p.1) As Christians we desire to care and show compassion to those in need, all to the Glory of God.
Would you be able to prepare a meal once a month to be taken to a person or family in special circumstances? We are gathering a team of volunteers to serve in this way. Meal Team members would be assigned one week out of the month, and would only be asked to prepare a meal once during that week.
If you would be interested in participating in a class for care team training in preparation to serve on a Care Team or helping with the Meal Team Ministry please contact: Barbara Diller at 799-9062, Ext. 530 or email@example.com.
We are asking for volunteers to assist as greetrs or cashiers on Wednesdays or Sundays and have created a page for volunteers to sign up for open time slots. Please visit the "Green Apron Brigade" sign up page.
Additionally, the Congregational Outreach Committee of the Session has made available several opportunities for service and ministry in the Columbia area. Please visit the Serve with Local Ministries page for current opportunities.
Christianity Explored - Over the past few years FPC has been engaged in running Christianity Explored courses as an instrument for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Columbia. CE is a Bible study from the Gospel of Mark for people who would like to find out more about the Christian faith. Volunteers are always needed to facilitate the effort. More>
Russian Speaking Ministry- First Presbyterian Church hosts a bilingual (Russian & English) Sunday School class as part of its Adult Sunday School program (10:00 -10:50 a.m.). In addition, the 11:15 a.m. worship service is simultaneously translated into Russian with hearing pieces available. For more information about these ministries or other ministry to the Russian speaking community in Columbia, contact Alex and Irina Ponomarev.
Operation Christmas Child- First Presbyterian Church has given to OCC’s evangelistic outreach ministry more than 12,000 shoeboxes over the past 12 years, averaging more than 1,000 per year! More>
Other opportunities exist. If you would like to serve, please contact the church at 799-9062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see local minstries that are supported by First Presbyterian Church, please visit the Local Ministries page.
This page last updated April 5, 2018.